’96 is a CD box set that tells the story of my life from 1996 through 2017 across five mixtapes.
Featuring 96 songs across five mixtapes, each “chapter” encapsulates a specific age range acting as its own timeline. Songs were not selected based on the year they were released, but rather curated because they elicit a particular feeling, moment, place, or person(s) important to me. Though each CD can be listened to individually or “on shuffle,” the order of the track listing are significant.
From conception to construction, all parts of this project is written, designed, and produced by me. Only three copies of the final CD box set publication exist; two are available for potential in-person viewing and borrowing.
Each mixtape is available on Spotify. Note that several songs are missing because they are not on the platform for listening. These songs include: Happy Line by YUI and Rainbow Trees by Robert de Boron.
Bahay, Buhay — bit.ly/bahay-buhay; Untitled — bit.ly/untitled-96; Disoriented — bit.ly/disoriented-96; Contentdedness — bit.ly/contentedness; Restart / Relapse / Recovery — (1) bit.ly/restart-pt1 (2) bit.ly/restart-pt2
I started out this project by looking at the trajectory of my life. Deciding what years or ages to chunk together in a “chapter” determined what kind of story I wanted to tell. Once I laid down the age range for each CD, I sat down and conceptualized the visuals I’d associate them.
Once the visuals were finalized, I began to curate a list of songs that would be included in each. To make this project even more personal, I chose to add an element of poetry on the backsides of every album artwork to further emphasize its story.
Process sketches illustrating how each CD mixtape had their own concept and visual attributions in order to encapsulate their specific age range.