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Tuesday, July 12, 2005  

Mix it Up
Back in high school I used to love making mix tapes for friends and crushes, though I was never really skilled at the art. It was just too much of a pain in the ass. Remember having to time-out all the songs so they would perfectly fill one side of the TDK T90 Metal tape. The digital music revolution changed everything and has made compiling a kick-ass mix almost too easy. On my lunch I sat w/ my iPod and tried to rough out a mix for a special someone and recalled that scene in High Fidelity where the narrator enumerates the “rules” for making a mix tape. Do you have any rules or guidelines when mixing up a batch of CDr? Any tips on how to create a good “flow?” My general guidelines are:
1) Only one track per artist (unless I’m doing some kind of weird theme-disc)
2) I try to strike a balance between singles and album tracks
3) Ideally the disc should span genres and eras
4) It sounds obvious, but keep in mind the intended audience
5) I try to mix in more commonly known songs between blocks of more esoteric stuff
6) Personally, I try to create an “arc” for the disc so it builds towards the last third. (I also attempt to make the last few songs on the disk a “dénouement” that will then lead back into the first song as most of these mixes get listened to several times through.)

posted by JMV | 7/12/2005 10:02:00 AM
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