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tack tracks [Aug. 13th, 2006|11:00 pm]
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One of my musical sidelines is collaborating with my friend Tim Tack AKA Tack Fu. Tack is a unique character in Iowa hip hop -- he wears his ignorance of the nerdy side of music like keys, chords, and stuff like that proudly. Everything he does he does, he does by ear. He got his start with a 4 track, a turntable and a lexicon jamman, sampling straight from vinyl and toggling loops in by hand.

I got him going on a crappy computer and Acid Pro 2 and he's gotten interesting results out of it. He still does stuff kinda ghetto from time to time -- lay in samples without regard for beats or bars or the track tempo, but has a knack for finding a groove. He then throws me these raw beat + bassline, or even just a beat, and then I get to mess them up.

We don't really finish them as tracks, they're left open, either for MCs to flow over, or to license for cable networs to use them as sountrack cues. His beats are all over MTV, A&E, Lifetime, and Discovery channel, placed through a library music company.

This is his beat with my bass and string sequencing. It uses something that's almost too slight a trick to call a technique; it uses 12 beat loops instead of 8 or 16 beat loops. His original beat is more constructed of 16 beat modules, but the 12s seemed to fit over them in a pleasing way. Boards of Canada uses 3 and 6 measure loops a lot which is gives them that rotating feeling -- four 12 beat loops over 3 16 beat loops.

[User Picture]From: dica
2006-08-14 05:10 pm (UTC)
Tack Fu!!!!!!! I met that guy in Iowa City at a party the day after I played at Gabe's or something along those lines... maybe my memory is flawed, but who knows. Anyway, I believe I have a picture of him in the back of a van with a giant ham sandwich, sitting next to a giant German shepherd. Say hi from Dica.
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[User Picture]From: dica
2006-08-14 05:20 pm (UTC)
And then again, maybe I'm crazy and I'm thinking of someone else. I guess it was almost 10 years ago now...
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2006-08-14 05:21 pm (UTC)
Tack Fu was most definitely around. I remember you playing, but I think it must have been 99 or 2000 ... not quite 10 years ago...
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[User Picture]From: dica
2006-08-15 05:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, my sense of time is pretty skewed... I see a number like 6 or 7 years, and I say, "Hey, that looks like 10!" :P I need to fix that mechanism...

Anyhow, I wish I had access to scan that photo, because it's classic.
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