Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks

Reductio Ad Absurdum

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Title: Apollo Lee – Reductio Ad Absurdum
Date: August 17, 2011
Software: Ableton Suite 8
Genre: House
Timing: 6:44 @ 126 bpm

Reductio Ad Absurdum is a rhythmic experiment, using Euclidean rhythms, named for the logical fallacy. In this piece of music, there are four instruments on such rhythms: two stabs, a plucked string instrument, and a bass. I used sixteen-based patterns and generated a Euclidean rhythm for 3, 5, and 7 (and 10 for part of the bassline).

Some of these repeating patterns rub against each other in very interesting ways. Drums start us out, followed closely by a layered bassline that utilizes the Euclidean Ten while a subby boom anchors it. Three wanders in next, a Cm9 chord bouncing around. Five joins the song before the first build, punctuating the texture with a sharp staccato morphed by a filter.

Later, Seven, a twangy pluck, dances around on the chord tones of C minor to complete the ensemble. The whole thing gels together nicely. It could be because all the instruments are in odd rhythms, except the bass.

I enjoyed playing with these musical ideas. I hope you enjoy the track.


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