Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks

Circuits Over Rubber

Title: Apollo Lee – Circuits Over Rubber
Date: May 31, 2012
Software: Ableton Suite 8, FAW Circle, TAL U-No-60
Genre: House
Timing: 7:06 @ 124 bpm

Circuits Over Rubber feels like a good steady distance run on a rubber track with perfect white stripes on a warm summer evening, pushing a pace that makes you feel strong, light, and fast. I didn’t want to rush this one or complicate it with too many counter melodies. The noise build is short, the track minimal, the instrumentation sparse. We’re just focused on keeping a good pace here around the curve and on toward the finish.

I wanted to do something different this time out, so I started with the full drum mix with an added low-cut filter that is simply switched on in various places. A dirty Juno 160 bassline comes in to drive some rhythmic interest. Up top and down in the middle, I played around with a couple patches I really like in Circle, which I bought a couple of weeks ago. Circle is really fun to play with. Thank goodness I also upgraded the RAM in my computer recently, because I didn’t freeze the channels I used Circle in. That’s something to remember for the future.

In order to let the groove sit in nice and solid, I mostly let this one simmer on sixteen-bar loops. There are only four parts moving around: the percussion, the bassline, the high echoing lead, and the arpeggio that trails off into a chord. I’m really glad I gave this track a little more room to breathe. Now, it feels like it wants a vocal sample. There’s an idea for another version.

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