Ghetto Tuning arose as a result of an invitation to participate in the production of a collection of works centered on the theme “Steel Pan in the 21st Century.” The project was curated by Austin based composer Mike Vernusky and released on the imprint Quiet Design. It was a somewhat loosely defined endeavor, in terms of there being no requirement to draw an explicit connection with the usage of the steel pan as a contemporary performance instrument. In actuality, the venture was centered on the production of a collection of traditional fixed media works. All of the submitted pieces drew upon a library of samples that had been recorded at the workshop Barracuda Steel Drums of Darren Dyke, a well-known steel pan maker in the Austin area. Each participant in the project was presented with the same set of recordings and asked to create something unique.