Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Payette
Date: March 28, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 8:12 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. The harmony is pretty simple and lends itself to some interesting dissonances and consonances.
  2. The mod wheel effect is very evocative.
  3. I got to demonstrate my technique with improvising on the PadKontrol to my friend, Jay Def.
  4. After searching for a nice cadence to close on, moving around a few other suspended chords and ending on an Eb6 was an interesting surprise.

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. I should have used the mod wheel effect more. It’s beautifully mysterious and could have added so much more to this piece.
  2. The mixdown could have been much better. I didn’t use enough compression on the main outputs. This probably sounds really terrible on iPod headphones.
  3. The note diversity was somewhat low. This needs more high notes.

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


Hello. I am JayDef’s friend. He referred me to your site. I like your music. It is relaxing. Thank you for sharing. I will now sleep well tonight.

Posted by Tip6 on 2 April 2008 @ 11am

This one was more interesting than the other I listened to (the first one on the list). It reminded me of the soundtrack to 2001 a Space Odyssey. I keep wondering what must have been going through your mind as you were driving towards (or away from?) Payette Idaho.

Posted by Kai Middleton on 2 April 2008 @ 9pm

The last time I drove away from Payette, Idaho, I was thinking:

“Damn, it’s really really early.”

But, that was on Saturday. My flight out of Boise was at 08:50 Mountain Time. That meant I had to leave Payette at 06:30 (05:30 on my watch).

The harmony I selected here allowed me to have lots of lush chords with color tones, some altered, and still be consonant (but not too consonant). I wasn’t thinking about anything in particular when I performed this, but let the ebb and flow of the consonance and dissonance lead me where it did.

Posted by Apollo Lee on 3 April 2008 @ 10am

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