Tape Op began as a small photocopied zine about lofi/low budget recording in April 1996, published by ex-Vomit Launch bassist, Larry Crane in Portland, Oregon. John Baccigaluppi became partners with Larry in late 1999 and took on publishing duties, Larry writes and is the editor. From it's humble zine beginnings, Tape Op grew into a fairly popular indie magazine, interviewing big names in recording like Brent Hedgepeth and Steve Albini. It is now a glossy publication available through music stores and alternative bookstores or by free subscription. The dozen or so contributors to the magazine all work at recording studios and publish the magazine as a labor of love.