Dronal Isolated Drones IVSUP007: Live Studio Performance


Release Date: 20th April 2020
Format: Digital

Written, performed and produced by Dronal
Mastered at Supple 9 Studios


The fourth in the "Isolated Drones" series - a collection of slow building ambient drone performances by Dronal. Each performance is recorded in a single take while isolating during the lockdown.

Gear Used:

  • Elektron: Octatrack, Analog 4, Digitone, Analog Rytm
  • Soma: Pulsar-23, Lyra 8
  • KOMA Elektronik Anglerfish
  • FM Radio
  • Softube Console 1
  • RME Fireface UFX II

For this piece I really wanted to have some cello, but lacking a cello made use of a cello recording of Bach's cello suites. Little glimpses of the cello are sent into the Octatrack from my computer (controlled by the Softube Console 1) and pass through a series of modulated effects and delays.

The FM Radio is tuned to a classical station here in Germany and is again sent through another batch of effects on the Octatrack. The Analog Rytm provides both a deep low slowly modulating drone sound, and some sweeping noise, whilst the digitone is used for a single chord that, at times almost sounds violin-like.

The Lyra 8 is mainly used to play a slow repeating melody. The Pulsar 23 provided some additional textures, and finally the Analog 4 plays a somewhat dark repeating bass sound.

Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Alex has also released multiple LPs as Ebauche with albums like Mutable being selected as Best of 2018 by both Headphone Commute (UK) and A Closer Listen (US).