This piece explores the musical rhetorics at work in a mix CD I created for two (at times contrasting) purposes: as a gift for friends, and as an accompaniment in the car as I moved across the country. I suggest that in a linear, musical mix, the term "development" as used in music composition is an apt explanation of rhetorical arrangement. The essay walks its audience through the mix's development track by track, considering issues of audience, expectation, melody, rhythm, time, voice, and memory along the way. Readers are invited to experience the mix, both as a whole and through various audio clips that draw attention to important moments.

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Kyle D. Stedman is an assistant professor of English at Rockford College. He's published about remixing, music, and rhetoric in Computers and Composition and Currents in Electronic Literacy, and he's published essays for student audiences in the free textbooks WritingCommons.org and Writing Spaces, Vol. 2. If you were to send him an amazing playlist on Spotify (user name: basementwall), he wouldn't complain.



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