It began by neccessity. We first started doing music for our second Mourning the Ancient photo CD, which plays in the background while one views our photography. Although we had a handful of bands contribute tracks for it, we were still lacking three or four tracks. So, necessity dictated us to do our own, thus was born the bonus tracks found on the Melody and Madness CD. We recieved good feedback from those that viewed our photo CD, and lots of encouragement to do more audio work. In winter of early 2002, we laid down ten new tracks for our Melody and Madness CD, and decided to have Elegy Records release it.