Volca archives
August 2016

Ratchenik was built around a 7/8 râčenica rhythm with bombastic power chords over the top - lots of fun! The structure was heavily influenced by the technology, having all four Volcas synched together makes synchronised changes quite a challenge! It's interesting (& sometimes inspiring) to have to work around these sort of restrictions but I can see the appeal of using the computer as a central controller. This tune came fairly quickly & easily and in most cases I just went with my first idea each time.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Descent has some nice discordancy & harsh tones - I started out with a descending chromatic line and didn't worry too much about how well the overdubs fitted. A bit strained but that was the intention.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Autonomic was a 'dutiful' track - composed & recorded because I hadn't been playing for several days. I'm still exploring & learning about the FM and discovering the delights & frustrations of FM synthesis, hence all the wiry, edgy tones. More of a learning exercise than a creative endeavour but sometimes that's what's needed.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Threadsafe was a very quick exercise - I came up with the quasi-random main pattern while playing with the FM and threw an arrangement around it.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Loyal opposition started with three sequences of different lengths going in & out of sync with each other, then had lots of overdubs to smooth it all together. More arrangement than content really. I like the almost impersonal relentlessness of it and all the rhythm patters fighting against each other. Definite echoes of Run Run Run by Hunters & Collectors.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Beatnoid was, in a way, inspired by watching a documentary on Suicide (the band) and the work of Martin Rev - 'cheap' sounds and lots of repetition. There's some 60's beat combo stylings in there too, helped by the rather nice fake Hammond sound. This piece went in several different directions while being recorded but somehow it still hangs together. Fab.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Accretion was pure self-indulgence, an improvised tonal collage quickly put together late one night.
Volca FM & Keys.