4×4Tracktor music projects
4×4tracktor is a collage music project that officially began in the summer of 1995 as a gateway for me to explore my interest and love of sampled music, truncated loops and the process of layering found obscure sounds. Initially I began experimenting and editing loops through a Roland S-10 Keyboard sampler with a broken disk recorder, then tracking the songs manually into a Tascam 424 Portastudio cassette 4-track. All of these early tape loop masters are on audio cassette, which I would then proceed to mix down over and over onto other cassettes. As crude and bear bones as they were, they gave me the opportunity to explore my deep seeded need to loop portions of songs and then layer and create new sounds. My intent was to create soundscapes that I could listen to while i was making art in the studio. A soundtrack that only I was listening to to set my mind to a different space, as a creative outlet. Bedroom music to drafting to.
Over the years technology has advanced, yet I still kept making beats the same analogue way up until 2005 when I started to digitize my collection. I began to mix in old songs through iMovie’s audio tracking programs initially, making long-play mixes incorporating field-recordings & pulled audio from obscure television programs. My years of self taught mixing played a key roll in my audio direction style, using dialogue from films the same way I would truncate a pulled sound from vinyl. Eventually I moved into Garageband to finalize and track my recent master-mixes, creating new songs & continuing to use the 4-track with various digital outputs for further manipulation.