4×4Tracktor music projects
4×4tracktor is a collage music project that sprouted in the summer of 1995. It began as a gateway for me to explore my interest and love of sampled loops and the process of layering found sounds. Initially I began experimenting and creating traditional 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 my early tape loop masters are on audio cassette, which I would then proceed to mix down songs 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.
Over the years technology has obviously advanced, yet I still kept making beats the same analogue way up until 2005 when I started digitizing 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iMovie’s audio tracking programs initially, making long-play mixes incorporating field-recordings & pulled audio from outdated television programs.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, creatating new songs & continuing to use the 4-track with various digital outputs for further manipulation.