Electronic Musician

Tracker

Si Truss is the Editor of Electronic Musician and Future Music magazines

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Ever since Ultimate Soundtracker arrived for the Commodore Amiga almost 30 years ago, trackers – the subset of music production applications that were inspired by that original piece of software – have existed as a minor, albeit influential, alternative to mainstream music production tools. Distinctive for their vertical sequencing layout and numerical programming, trackers were originally popular as they offered a cheaper, self-contained alternative to early music software and MIDI gear.

That USP diminished somewhat as conventional software became more accessible, but trackers have maintained a cult popularity, thanks in part to their often free and open source nature, and their links to the demoscene sub culture. They may have fallen out of favour a little in recent times, but it’s still remarkable how many of the artists who we interview profess to having gotten their first taste of music

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