"To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You've got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with "Got to Get You Off My Mind", but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you've got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can't have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can't have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you've done the whole thing in pairs and...oh, there are loads of rules."
-Nick Hornby, High Fidelity-
I've been mix tape crazy since I first got the capability to make them back in that late eighties while I was in high school. I've made hundreds throughout the years (although the cassettes have of course switched to CDs) for friends, girlfriends, former girlfriends, former friends and myself and I still find a sense of excitement in introducing people to an artist or a group of songs designed to send a message or just to introduce them to something new.
I also love making artwork for the mixes so I thought I would occasionally start sharing some here (the artwork, not the mixes themselves). My most recent one is designed to work as an ideal introduction to the world of Alison Goldfrapp...nothing fancy, just four songs off each album in chronological order.
This particular design came originated from a wallpaper design I found online...the original version can be looked at here.