Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Synchrotron
Date: February 18, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 7:00 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. The harmony (F Melodic Minor) is beautiful and that Fm/major 7 chord is particularly haunting.
  2. I’m improvising on the Keystation Pro 88 in my studio and I can just meander around a normal keyboard.
  3. I monitored this composition primarily on Alesis Monitor One speakers, making sure that none of the heavy sections clipped or distorted.
  4. F Melodic Minor is not a key I’m used to improvising in, so I had to remind myself during the whole course of the piece that Ds and Es are both natural, but A is always flat. (F Melodic Minor: F G Ab Bb C D E F)

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. Sometimes, I landed a little harder than I intended on a particular set of chord tones, especially in the loud section that resulted at 3:10.
  2. I am still improvising ambient music with only one instrument, a synth pad.
  3. These compositions are still formless and shapeless.
  4. Many of the transitions are either overly loud or chords that dissipate abruptly.

Note: These are rough drafts. Constructive criticism is welcomed, of course.

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