Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks

Do It Anyway

Title: Apollo Lee – Do It Anyway
Date: July 17, 2011
Software: Ableton Suite 8, TAL U-No-62
Genre: House
Timing: 6:47 @ 125 bpm

A few weeks ago, the washing machine in my house flooded. The laundry room is next to my music studio, so the carpet was soaked. After drying out the carpet, my studio was in a disastrous state of affairs. Someone special came over, helped me reorganize and rearrange the studio. Old manuals and software boxes were moved elsewhere.

I’ve been working in Ableton Suite quite a bit lately. Last month, I added an Akai APC40 to the arsenal. Over the last few days, I’ve been working on learning the new hardware and leveraging more skills I’ve been gleaning from various tutorial sources (including Lynda.com and SonicAcademy). I’m more excited about making music these days than I’ve been in a long time.

This track, Do It Anyway, is the first track I’ve finished since I posted Quinquaginta over two and a half years ago. I’m going to try to maintain the momentum of the last few days into a daily habit that sees me releasing tracks more consistently.

Do It Anyway is relatively simple. It starts with a four-on-the-floor beat. The bassline, a syncopated three-against-four pattern, anchors the track as the chords come in. We’re in F minor here and the chords punctuate the motion of the track, dragging an echo along for the ride. After the first breakdown, we hear a wafting glass pad serenade us with color tones.

I hope you enjoy this hearing this track as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for listening.

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