Croix-Rousse – A song made entirely on the Monologue and the Octatrack

I finally decided which new synth I wanted to include in the family. I was looking for a small analogue with great bass sounds, a keyboard, and that was lightweight. The choice fell on the Korg Monologue. I’m so impressed with what this small synth can do!

Limitations sparks new ideas

This time we had to make an instrumental track since we were in France and didn’t bring our gear for recording vocals. The monologue turned out to be a great companion to the octatrack. Once again, limitations sparks new ideas and ways to work. I played around with melodies and bass lines on the monologue, while Kai started programming some beats on the Octatrack.

Pattern by pattern

When I had something I liked on the Monologue, we recorded it to the Octatrack. Sometimes we recorded the midi sequence and then sampled the audio, so that we got a perfectly quantised sequence. But most of the time we just sampled the Monologue directly instead, for a more human, imperfect result. We were working fast and tried to capture ideas quickly.

Often we have a tendency to layer more and more parts to the same few repeating patterns. But the 8 audio tracks on the Octatrack filled up very quickly, so that forced us to make new patterns instead, simply because we constantly needed fresh audio tracks.

The recording

The patterns started to have a movie feel, a dash of James Bond and some mystical ambiance. When we were satisfied with the amount of sampled Monologue loops, we put it all together and made a recording. To make it less repetetive we also recorded some jamming on the monologue and only kept the parts that made sense in the mix.

Hope you want to give it a listen! Have a great 2018 filled with music!

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