Originally conceived as an idea for a website, 'Ghost Children' evolved in to a full-length CD following collaboration between producer Neil Main and Act IV's creator Steven Pukin in late 2000. It was due to this collaboration that 'Ghost Children' was made possible. Tracks submitted by artists and bands looking to play at Act IV 2001 were automatically submitted for the project. Almost 100 tracks were received by this method, with 20-30 demos coming via the website. Steven also endorsed the disc to be sold at the show.
A copy of the CD was given to Billy Corgan - who was present at that show - who then electively stated his satisfaction with the effort on the Smashing Pumpkins official message board, which can be read here Due to the accumulating high demand, a second run of 200 CDs were produced in late 2001.
Articles on the release appeared in the Chicago Tribune and on MTV.com while Neil Main promoted the CD via Northampton Scene magazine and on FOX FM. Production of a second edition run of 200 copies commenced in late 2001, giving fans unable to attend the concert the chance to purchase the album by mail.
All profits were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois.
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