Dad’s White Pontiac (2018) for Fixed Media.

Dad’s White Pontiac is a ‘tape’ piece, in that each sound here was originally recorded lo-fi and low-budget on a cheap cassette recorder I found for free on the Facebook marketplace. Each sound was then digitized and process to create the piece you hear now, transforming the quirks and strange artifacts in the clunky tape material into a modern soundscape. For me, working with these materials brought back so much nostalgia from when I was a kid playing with my dad’s music gear and listening to Van Halen tapes in his car. Although this was not the intention of the piece from the start, by the end of working on this I was unable to listen to the sounds, and particularly the ending, without having these flashbacks, but I’m glad to have a vessel to get into that headspace.