Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Corners
Date: March 10, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 6:18 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. The pad instrument is quite evocative.
  2. The harmony is complex and somewhat strange. I used a Korg padKontrol, so I had 16 notes. The corners spell Cm7. The outside columns on the center two rows spell Em7/13. The middle two columns in the top and bottom row spell out Abm7. The center four squares spell FM7. Interesting. So much potential.
  3. There’s plenty of dissonance and consonance in this one, as well as a concerted effort not to double any notes on the controller.
  4. I was able to close my eyes and sink into the music. This style of music lends itself well to slow improvisation that allows a dissonant chord to lock in and achieve its effect.

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. I landed on some of the notes too hard and they stick out too much.
  2. Like the sixteen ambient tracks that proceed this one, I had no plan, structure, or direction in mind. I landed on the keys wherever I decided to go.
  3. It really sounds terrible on iPod headphones. It doesn’t sound too bad on nice headphones, but I could probably have mixed it down better.
  4. I should have used the mod wheel, which has an interesting effect on this instrument.

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

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