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The Emotional Design of the Mixtape

10-year old Charles J. Moss had great taste:

As a 10-year-old kid in 1985, I would wait for my favorite songs to come on the local radio station or on MTV, impatiently at the ready with my forefinger resting on the record button of my portable tape player. The sound quality was always terrible and I felt immense pressure to avoid the audible click of the record button, so I’d keep my middle finger on the pause button to ease the transition. Of course, there was always the problem of the DJ or veejay, in the case of MTV, making some announcement, overlapping the beginning or the end of each precious song. Sometimes I would record myself talking, commenting on each song or doing a brief comedy bit, just to break up the monotony of the music. Huey Lewis and the News, Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Prince and the theme song from St. Elmo’s Fire all made it on the first mixtape I ever made. It was far from my last.

via Medium.

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