Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks


Title: Apollo Lee – Umbriel
Date: December 05, 2008
Software: Logic Pro 8
Genre: Ambient
Timing: 5:06 @ 40 bpm

What I Like About It

  1. This instrument is very unusual with strange bouncing filter effects, lethargically jumping around. I never thought of using this patch before, but it drives the urgency of the piece and gives it a very unique sound.
  2. The harmony is in minor Rhythm Changes (Fm7, DbM7, Gm7b5, C7), which I love a lot, because of the delicious tensions it lends.
  3. Multiple note transitions and a faster harmonic rhythm makes this seem more interesting.
  4. The low notes contrast the highs beautifully, especially with the filter bounces.
  5. There are subtle harmonic phases that make almost imperceptible countermelodies right at the periphery.

What I Don’t Like About It

  1. There are places where the lows are gone entirely for an unreasonably long period of time, which makes the piece feel unanchored.
  2. I probably could have done more with the aftertouch effects.

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

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