2007. All tracks composed and performed by Michael Shipway and Steve Martin.
Nucleosynthesis the chemistry of the "Big Bang". In our case, the chemistry between artist and audience that helped us create this album.
"The duo Michael Shipway and Steve Smith continue their grand tour of accessible and attractive sequencer-based electronic music with “Nucleosynthesis”. It contains three long tracks, on which the typical UK electronic music sound melts with Berliner School inspired sequencing and textures. The music pulsates and flows in the opening track “Explosion”, then flows back to a sort of resting point on the dreamy atmospheres of “Evolution”.
The album really reaches a great conclusion when the dynamic sequencing in “Implosion” take off, taking the listener “out there” on a 25 minute dynamic flight through the universe. It features some great solo’s and choir textures on top of various sequencer beds, which shortly made my mind wander back to the days of Wavestar and Jon Dyson.
Excellent effort, guys!"
--Bert Strolenberg / The Netherlands
"The latest VoLt CD is heaven on earth for Berlin school fans, loaded with lengthy Teutonic sonic excursions.
Fast sequencing immediately comes to bear in “Explosion” and continues throughout. A few synths are gradually layered over the top, but it really is first and foremost about the firm sequencing foundation. It is easy to immerse yourself in it, letting it completely envelop you. A bouncy little bass line comes along 8:00 in as warm vintage synths continue to float over the top of things.
The energy just keeps coming right up until the end, settling down only in the last of its 18 minutes as we head into “Evolution”, which starts as an atmospheric piece but like its predecessor doesn't wait long to start a loop going, albeit at a slower pace. A bass line arrives sooner this time, and a faster sequence is laid over the top. This piece is more intricately weaved together, even more hypnotic than the first. For non-fans it might seem a bit redundant after a while, but if you just go with it it works quite well.
Like the first, this one gradually fades at the very end, signaling the arrival of the last part, “Implosion”. This 25-minute epic is a fitting finale, a veritable feast for the ears of all things retro EM, from great synth solos and sequencing to a generally cool array of electronic sounds, which all builds into a great frenzied conclusion."
--Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
"Stalwart electronics express themselves as cyclic patterns churning in a pool of astral textures. Repetition is utilized to instill anticipatory tension. Sparkling effects and grand embellishments provide engaging development that gradually accumulates enough potency to overwhelm the foundation and command the flow on their own. The introduction of piercing, almost-heavenly chords infuses the music with a masterful presence of cosmic proportion. Each passing moment amplifies the impression of something wonderful going on.
Rapid-fire keyboard notes and harnessed pulsations provide a rhythmic undercurrent, but much of the tuneage’s streaming nature doesn’t require any percussive propulsion.
Nucleosynthesis refers to the celestial events that brought our universe into existence. This gestation is excellent captured by the music’s explosive disposition, with strong riffs emerging from roiling ambience. Additional definition accrues from those vibrant instances, unfurling passages of mounting majesty. Broken into three sections of long duration, the melodies are granted ample time to establish themselves and evolve into stunning structures of sincere appeal. Each of the tracks feature slow-building stretches of smoldering accretion which attain pinnacles of pulse-pounding and delightful intensity."
--Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity