Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Nunavut
Date: October 08, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 7:30 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. The harmony is diatonic to some degree, consisting of descending seventh chords in F minor (Fm7, Eb7, DbM7, C7). The combinations of the sixteen tones used is enough to have sections of open harmony, suspended chords, and very tense dissonances.
  2. The instrument patch I’m using is very unusual with a strange bell-like aftertouch that invokes a feeling of coldness and sparseness.
  3. The piece flows well from one chord to the next.
  4. The mix sounds clean, without distortion. Part of that is due to the high quality rip (211 kbps).

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. The icy ringing aftertouch gets old fast and it’s everywhere on every note.
  2. The note diversity could have been wider.

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

1 Comment

I’d call it ominous. I also agree with your remarks about the aftertouch — it becomes a bit grating after awhile. Can you adjust the patch or filter just that composite tone (maybe roll off the high end of it a little)? Not sure what kind of synth engine is in your VST or whatnot…?

Have you listened to Vangelis at all? Or Global Communication’s 76:14? That’s an amazing ambient album…

Posted by Your wurst nightmare on 8 October 2008 @ 3pm

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