The theme of the KvR competition was Islands. Several people used that as an excuse to produce depressingly upbeat reggae tunes. Holiday on Alcatraz Island was my antidote.

I've never actually been to Alcatraz, but I spent a week in San Francisco for a conference right on Fisherman's Wharf. It was a bit chilly, occasionally rainy, and Alcatraz in the distance was a pretty depressing sight.

This track was one of my first forays into the joys of granular synthesis. The drums are taken apart by the KTGranulator plugin.