Volca archives
May 2016

Calliope was another exercise in deliberate awkwardness - verse & chorus in different keys, bass lines that don't follow the chords and recording the sections completely separately so there's no easy flow across the piece. After a while it started to sound like a fairground organ so I went with that. It's a bit hollow but I still quite like it.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Skewif was an exercise in deliberately avoiding harmonising & resolution - to emphasise the rough edges and almost-clashing lines. It's not quite what I was hoping for - it's overly repetitive, the drums are pedestrian and overall it could do with more work - but there are some interesting bits in there.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Slumberlanding came out of nowhere - I was heading up to bed but somehow ended up firing up the Volcas and creating this little ditty. There's not much to it but it's still quite sweet. My first try at using the reverb in GarageBand.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Charge cycle was a deliberate attempt to try something different. It started with a drum pattern but then went off in an unexpected direction when I misplayed a note in the bassline and decided to embrace it rather than fix it. The playing is very poor, for some reason I couldn't get my hand to do what I wanted despite repeated attempts & retakes. Still, there's something I like about it, probably best considered as a rough draft that I may return to & plunder.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Behemoth came from an experiment with the Bass unit - having two simultaneous lines that interfered with each other. This led to a minimal melody line that changed hugely when played by different synth voices and then a bunch of more or less glitchy (eccentrically filtered) overdubs to fill it out. The resulting piece was very hard to mix to suit speakers, headphones & earbuds, the end product is the headphones version. For some reason I couldn't keep it as dark & brooding as I'd originally intended but that's often the way with my 'arrange it as you go along' method of composition.
Volca Keys, Bass & Sample.

Psycling is a meandering piece based around a few sequencer lines. I tried some deliberately glitchy sounds but I'm not sure the mix is very good, seems rougher than I'd have liked. It was nice to let this one flow and not worry about the overall structure - very like assembling a collage with serious glue.
Volca Keys and Bass.

Ersatz zwo was another attempt with the sequences from a previous track. A better attempt but I'm still not happy with it. All three Volcas.