In a post for the local blog site, Panaceapress.co, LeDuc Pretzer explains why he was a practitioner of the cassette-making in "The Day The Mixtape Died."
"Back in the day, a phrase that I find both detestable and fitting at the same time, I loved nothing more than putting together a well-crafted mixtape," he wrote. "The term mixtape has been broadened, hijacked as I like to call it, to encompass other meanings and connotations. And the mixtape has also become somewhat of a cliché on its way to the iconic — and almost insufferably nostalgic in nature — status that it holds in pop culture today. I suppose I’m just as guilty as anyone."
LeDuc Pretzer and his friends made mixtapes for their own enjoyment and for each other, but he took a real shine to making them for special occasions.
"If it was someone’s birthday, I made them a mixtape. If it was Halloween, I made a mixtape. If we were taking a road trip or if there was a party or get-together, I made a mixtape. ... The main challenge in making a mixtape was the process of whittling down your choices to those precious 90 minutes. One had to figure that one could get anywhere from 18-22 songs on a tape on average.
"Of course, if it was good old hardcore tunes, all about 1-2 minutes, you could get a good 40 tunes packed on that cassette. Add a bunch of Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd, and your number is going to dwindle," he wrote.
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