Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Hamilton
Date: July 24, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 8:48 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. The instrument takes a while to float to the note. The way it builds up is gorgeous. It’s also a quiet instrument with overtones that move.
  2. The base harmony is C# minor Rhythm changes. The piece seems to float for a while around flavors of G# and then A, but soars around the tensions gracefully.
  3. The bass notes are big and deep, but don’t wash out the highs of the rest of the notes.
  4. At first, I set the treble harmonies in the octave just below middle C. Just before I recorded this, I tried positioning the non-bass notes an octave higher. That stretched out the piece and helps it to glide.

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. I had to compress the piece to get the volume up without distorting it. I think it may be a bit too quiet, even still.
  2. The transition of the final cadence throws the ear a little bit. I was aiming for a perfect authentic cadence (G#7 -< C#m7). I came close, but maybe it should just have been C#m with a C# on top (instead of B, which is the b7). 3.here’s almost enough dissonance/consonance contrast, but not quite.

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

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