Title: Apollo Lee – Statio Tranquilitatis
Date: September 06, 2012
Software: Ableton Suite 8
Timing: 7:11 @ 127 bpm
Statio Tranquilitatis is a track I originally started piecing together on July 20, 2011, the 42nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. I’ve done a few other tracks since then, but this one itched at the back of my mind until I decided to revisit it this week. Neil Armstrong passed away about two weeks ago. This is my feeble tribute to an undisputed legend.
There are no synthesizers in this track at all, surprisingly enough. All of the sounds you hear, including the chordy stabs, are samples, mostly from the drum samples the come with Ableton Suite. The bassline, for example, that bounces around down in the basement, started out as a tom. Chorded stab instruments go through several layers of processing. The voice sample is, of course, Neil Armstrong changing his call sign and phoning home as dust settled back into the lunar regolith a few feet under him.
This track feels rife with possibility and I’m really excited to debut it the day after tomorrow for the Digeum Mix Sessions finale.