Volca archives
June 2016

Sample&hold doesn't actually include a sample and hold unit, it just has that quasi-random sound. A bit of fun really - most of the track was recorded in one take with an improvised solo in the middle. It's rough & ready but I wanted to capture the immediacy and sense of wildness. Also an excuse for a ring modulator solo.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample but no external keyboard!

Redqueen started as a fairly simple bleepy pop tune but went off in odd directions while I was recording. The key change that was going to be the middle eight became a repeated transition (which changed the sound of the top sequence lines), I missed a pattern change in the middle of a take and didn't notice until it was too late to correct, and slowly an air of melancholy crept in. The end result is a bit disjointed but has a nice feel to it.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Automata was an exercise in disconnection - the initial sequencer line sounds almost random and rather than discarding it I decided to emphasise that quality. Several of the overdubs were added without listening to all the others, to encourage a lack of synchronisation in the changes. The resulting backing has a great sense of lots of things going on at the same time, rather than together which I rather like. The piece ended up a bit ponderous and the lead lines were added when I ran out of inspiration but overall I quite like it, despite its flaws.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Tidebound is another swiftly constructed piece with few elements - the main sequence only has four notes and thew bass & drums are just simple repeating patterns. Lots of swirly bass end sounds and heaps of echo & reverb. It came out strangely majestic.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Deadlining is another little ditty based around a single sequencer line with minimal bass & percussion. It had a sense of pressure and lots happening at once, hence the title.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Mayfly is a song out of nothing - after playing about late one night I discovered the bouncy main sequence and decided to do a quick study with it. I let it play all the way through, added a very simple bassline (just two patterns) & a metronome kick drum pulse, then layered some texture on top. Finally a couple of melody lines & a descending middle eight and it was done. The playing is a bit wobbly at times but I wanted to catch something in the moment.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Orbital skanking is a little tune in a reggae style. Lots of echo & reverb but there's a nice little groove underpinning it all. A bit hurried (it was getting late & I didn't want to leave it unfinished) but still nice.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Interrupt is a nice, boppy little tune that came together relatively quickly. I like the way the chorus slowly blends into the verse and the gradual build-up of the rhythm through the song.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.