Cobalt Vase - for solo drum machine
Cobalt Vase is a solo piece for a drum machine. The drum machine (and other electronic instruments) is a musical instrument, and therefore one gets better at playing it with more practice. I did not want to operate Korg Volca Beats to record a drum track in a DAW. Instead, I wanted to become good enough to improvise, adapt, and perform with features unique to the instrument. I think I can "play the scales without looking at my fingers" on Volca Beat at this point. Jeff Mills' TR-909 Workout, which demonstrated how to use a device counts more than what device you use, is a direct inspiration for Cobalt Vase.