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Volatile Assemblage (VOLA)

  • 29 Jul

  • paul


Volatile Assemblage aka VOLA (2018-ongoing) currently brings together a metal resonator with strings and contact microphone, belt-driven turntable with modified vinyl records, upcycled HHD drive controller with a LattePanda Alpha embedded computer running Arduino and Max/MSP patches, and two Bugbrand Postcard Weevils all connected via a mini-mixer to an amplified array of transducers, along with an assortment of actuators (e.g. bow, beaters, cappuccino whisk, ping pong balls). The system is battery powered, and fits into a carry-on size Explorer flight case. Additional audio output can be sent to an amplifier or PA for both spatialization and to allow for the system to adapt to different acoustic spaces. The portable, self-contained and adaptable features of VOLA are explicit design choices that I hope will allow me to use this instrument in diverse contexts  (e.g. with my trio Ens Ekt, with Ricki O’Rawe, and in my solo performances).


Short extract from performance of ‘uncertain rhythms’ with VOLA at Salão de Atos, UFRGS as part of NIME 2019, Porto Alegre, Brazil


Stapleton, Paul. uncertain rhythms. Music Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression NIME’19, June 3-6, 2019, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Rehearsing with VOLA at CIRMMT.



Current version of upcycled HDD Turntable Sampler*

HDD turntable

*inspired by HDDJ; thanks to Miguel Ortiz, Travis West and Barry Cullen for help with the development of this version for VOLA.