Sex and Death – The Durutti Column
In 1993, Tony Wilson revived Factory Records, with The Durutti Column’s Sex and Death was the first release on Factory Too (a subdivision of London Records). The album was once again produced by Stephen Street, with Mitchell and Metcalfe and on one track Peter Hook of New Order. The audio album was released for a very short time and deleted and replaced with the world’s first hybrid Red Book audio and Data CD ROM of the album (know as a CD+). This CD ROM was in Wilson’s eyes the ’100 foot’ album cover. Designed, produced and technically realised by the Boot Room, Sex and Death has become a early cult classic. Here are samples of the CD ROM in action. Looking back I’m very proud of the work we did here. It took a year of development because no-one had ever combined standard CD audio with data before. Remember that a CD laser can only be in one place at a time so we had to invent a special xfunction to move parts of the Director movie into RAM (which was 16 Mb as standard). We also should take credit for creating the first verson of Dock palette that appears when you hover above a specific location on screen. This 6 years before Apple released OS X. Another Manchester first!