Bucks Burnett is a self-described “formatition.” It’s a title he made up to describe his love of studying and preserving different audio formats.
One of the biggest center pieces of his obsession is the Eight Track Museum, located in Deep Ellum.
“I never bought and eight track until 1988 when I happened upon the Beatles white album at a garage sale in Dallas,” Burnett explained.
“I was like, oh I have to have it, and so then I had to have a complete Beatles eight track collection. That led to all this.”
“All this” is a collection of exactly 2,147 eight tracks, covering every genre of music imaginable.
However, Burnett doesn’t just see this as a shrine to an obsolete medium, but a miniature art gallery.
“I find them fascinating as miniature art relics that happen to make sound. That’s my take on it.”
The Eight Track Museum doesn’t have any set hours, but you can go to its website, http://www.eighttrackmuseum.com, to set up an appointment to take it all in. Suggested donation is $10.