By 2000, it was long overdue for me to begin producing mix CDs rather than mixtapes. This presented a unique challenge to me as I was conditioned to the demands of the cassette - 45 minutes of music on two distinct sides, independent but interrelated.
The CD, on the other hand, was the length of an average DJ set requiring a continuous flow of music for up to 80 minutes. Therefore, I had to reinvent my creative process, my sense of timing, and feel for the energetic arc of the musical journey. Since these mixes were all recorded at home (and almost entirely without edits), the CD format demanded more precision and patience. One unacceptable mix sixty or seventy minutes in and I had to start all over!
Initially, I ordered conventional, professional-grade CDs. Over time, this proved to be both expensive and wasteful. With the creative design skills of dela at my disposal, she and I experimented with alternatives to the plastic CD case. Together we produced CDs with a handcrafted, linoleum print design, others with an origami-style cardstock case, and most recently, we have used Re-Sleeve cases.
In keeping with my love for music, all CDs are professionally mastered and duplicated to ensure the richest listening experience possible.