The Voltarenes delivered KINOKOMA’s first release. Eight songs were published
as a series of four “7-inches”, taking this beautiful format
along into the digital age. Their debut album "Proceedings" was released on KINOKOMA in 2009, the follow-up "924" in autumn 2012.
The Voltarenes met inside their shared flat. In the hallway, amongst power plugs, cables and all kinds of instruments. These were picked up with no precise intention. First there was interpretation, then there was improvisation, and finally, increasing focus to the essentials. Involving: a manifesto.
The songs follow a well-defined structure. Music is to be articulated in a minimalistic fashion. Everything that's superfluous needs to go.
The Voltarenes make concentrated songs in limited time. What doesn't sound right the first time won't get better the second time. Take one is all that counts.
Keyboards are to be operated by hand. The drum computer is alive. Coolness: yes. Sterility: no.
The Voltarenes process material. Thus, they pay their respects to Harvey Williams, Jonathan Richman, Stéphane Mallarmé etc.: "Remake, Remodel, Reduce, Repeat".
The stories are told by others. The reduced words make sense. A position, a citation or a play. All or nothing: "Stories".
Twelve songs created between 2004 and 2009. From "Anagrams" to "Captain". Newly mixed and newly written.
Eight songs created between 2010 and 2012. German lyrics and additional saxophone. A new kind of kick.
For internal and external use. For chills and fever, delusions of grandeur and emptiness. To listen in, nod your head, wiggle your feet. Also a dancing step is welcome.
Yamaha CS01 - monophonic analogue synthesizer
Yamaha CS15D - monophonic analogue synthesizer
Novation BassStation - monophonic analogue synthesizer
Roland MKS-50 - polyphonic analogue synthesizer
Korg Poly 800 - polyphonic analogue synthesizer
Yamaha TX81Z - FM tone generator
Casiotone 301 - digital electronic organ
Roland TR-505 - rhythm composer
Dynacord P 20 - programmable digital drums
MAM VF-11 - analogue vocoder