Paul Aaron Wolf:
As I collect more and more vintage and analog gear I catch myself trying to combine each instrument and device with another. But sometimes it’s just even more beautiful to limit yourself.
This composition means a lot to me, since it was written and recorded at the very day many important decisions were made.
The piece starts with a simple synth chord that was recorded on my old UHER Report mono tape recorder. The beauty of this 70s machine is it’s 4 step variable tape speed. Each tape speed provides a whole universe of sonic varieties and I could spend hours just listen to the wobbly noisy sound.
The MPC 2000XL is fed with original 808 sounds, that I recorded straight into the machine in a studio in Strasbourg, France. I loved the driven sound of the XL’s inputs, which is why I chose this particular kick sample. I might release a sample pack soon.
The Moog Grandmother sequence is one of my favorite bass melodies that I’ve done so far. The GM is just an amazing performance tool, the only reason I don’t carry it just anywhere with me is because of it’s weight.
I originally didn’t plan to drum on that one, but my inner child made me to do it and I love it. I only had 3 mics available at that day so I limited the whole recording process like i limited myself in my choice of instruments.
As almost always my friend Sebastian Lucht, aka Luchthansa filmed the performance and mastered the beautiful lighting and coloring. Thank you Sebi!
I hope you enjoy „Kontur“
Stay safe out there