Volca archives
January 2017

Slipback was a deliberate attempt to create something more upbeat and less challenging for the listener. A nice groove in the sequencer lines and an interesting semitone drop in the middle of the phrase. I liked the muted tones in the arrangement contrasting with the brash 'sliding' lead line.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Bellringer began with a strange pattern that reminded me of bell ringing practice at my local church. Keeping in the same vein I used very 'ringing' tones for most of the overdubs. I wasn't sure if this was worth finishing so I went with the first thing that popped into my mind each time I added another layer. Possibly inspired by a recent visit to Indochina.
Volca FM & Keys.

Twice around the block was a bit of fun, another piece that came from me forcing myself to sit down with the instruments despite feeling uninspired. Quick & easy to do - one run through with the sequencers with just a couple of wash tones to fatten it out.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Peristalsis was a simple little piece, a single repeating pattern with a bass line & some texture. It was nice to keep it sparse and uncluttered.
Volca FM & Keys.

Triad began as a musical exercise (& I think it shows) before developing into a drifty collection of textures.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.

Fuzzchops was my first new track after a long time away from the kit - work & long holiday. It's a bit rough as a consequence and didn't go the way I was expecting - the original idea was much more heavy metal but it morphed into something much more 'noisy'. My rusty keyboard skills are to the fore and the mix is all over the place but there are some nice changes in there and anything in 14/8 can't be all bad.
Volca FM, Keys, Bass & Sample.