Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks

Old Secondhand Diamonds

Title: Apollo Lee – Old Secondhand Diamonds
Date: August 8, 2011
Software: Ableton Suite 8
Genre: House
Timing: 6:32 @ 125 bpm

Old Secondhand Diamonds kicks off August with an introspective little groove that features a funky bassline, a reverse buildup chord, and a crystalline lead that winds in and out of the texture.

I initially created the stub of this track on a futon in San Francisco at the end of July, using ninety minutes before dinner to capture an idea or two. On August 8, I played around with a few instruments, added some processing and automation, and played out a version with my APC40.

There are a number of things I really like about this track — the way the chords dance around each other, how the swelling reverse chord drops into its reverb trail and echo artifacts. A few other things, I’ll work on refining over the next few sessions, particularly mixing it down and cleaning up the incredibly boomy bass.

Overall, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far on this tune. What do you think?

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