In HouseMusic on January 30, with 1 comment. According to my calendar, it has been days since Statio Tranquilitatis was released. One of my plans for this new year was to write more music and, after a few false starts and unfortunate doubts peeking in the window, I decided to get started on this new track last night and finished it just a few moments ago.
I found three accent loops in my library of goodies and decided to give them a go, just to see how they felt. Mental note: Post some of the monthly mixes. In MixesMusic on July 1, with 3 comments. In gratitude for the gift of your friendship, I dedicate this humble set of bumps to your cherished memory. If I were a poet, I might have a shot at adequately describing what a magnificent human being you are and how agonizing your absence is for the world.
My heart goes out to your family and the community of souls whose lives you improved with your love and your music. Rest in peace, brother. May his family and the community know peace. In HouseMixes on March 17, with 2 Somewhere In Between (Chase Buch Remix) - Carsten Rausch - Somewhere In Between . Date : February 28, Genre : House Timing : Strong Like Giselle is a tribute mix for my friend, Giselle Ayalawho is sharpening her sword for her third battle with cancer.
On Friday, February 28,I mixed 34 deep house tracks to help inspire her in her fight. I hope it inspires you. If it does, will you do me a favor and toss whatever you can spare to help fund her treatment. I took some time to work up the nerve, Dazed And Confused - Lena Hall - Sin & Salvation (Live At The Carlyle) the incredible constellation of legendary musicians and DJs that surround her.
So, I figured it was time to brave up and try to be strong like Giselle. Strong Like Giselle : In HouseMixes on September 6, with no comments. Statio Tranquilitatis is a track I originally started piecing together on July 20,the 42nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
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 Somewhere In Between (Chase Buch Remix) - Carsten Rausch - Somewhere In Between . In HouseMusic on May 31, with no comments.
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. The noise build is short, the track minimal, the instrumentation sparse. I wanted to do something different this time out, so I started with the full drum mix with Jörg Bausch - Großes Kino added low-cut filter that is simply switched on in various places.
A dirty Juno 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 Circlewhich I bought a couple of weeks ago.
Circle is really fun to play with. 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 Somewhere In Between (Chase Buch Remix) - Carsten Rausch - Somewhere In Between , and the arpeggio that trails off into a chord. Now, it feels like it wants a vocal sample. In Somewhere In Between (Chase Buch Remix) - Carsten Rausch - Somewhere In Between Music on April 30, with no comments.
Bouncy Peanuts jumps around A minor chords with a few playfully splashy instruments over a rumbling bass line. Marimbaa arpeggios and shimmering echoing stabs ricochet around while big meaty, subby kick punches the floor. Variations on the only chord in the tune lend variety, especially when instruments cycle through ninths and sevenths.
An abundance of parts that bounce around nudge us forward through the builds toward the conclusion. In HouseMusic on March 30, with no comments. Unexpected Scenario let me play around with a few effects units I usually leave alone, like Beat Repeat and multiband dynamics. The glitchy stuttery way the Beat Repeat ricochets off the stabs, melody, and arpeggios adds a little urgency to the track. A few chords wander off the beaten path, especially on the high stabs, but not startlingly so.
A fast arpeggiated chord wobbles up top after the first break down, counterbalancing a high melody with a bit of frantic twitch. In HouseMusic on February 29, with no comments. Pellucid Concinnity concludes a stop-and-start month with a groove that ended up feeling a little darker and more spaced out. I started a few other tracks this month, none of which gelled like this one did. Another chorded synthesizer and arpeggiated bell give a bit of depth to the tune. A synth baritone line pulses a syncopation in two variations over a deep bass that throbs under the floor.
In HouseMusic on January 30, with no comments. Purple Lunatic opens with a simple tech house track in which a few stabs, a couple of bass lines, and a trimmed down drum kit build a groove without too much clutter. Two different stabs accompany a bouncing electric piano chord over a punchy staccato bass. After the first breakdown, a big deep subby bass rumbles underneath to lend a sense of depth. This track is a little less busy than many of my recent tracks.
Hopefully, it got your head bobbing. In HouseMusic on December 29, with no comments. Electric Reverie closes a challenging year by taking us into a daydream about the future. Multiple chorded rhythms pulse along over a heartbeat bass line. A bouncing lead comes out of the sky in the middle of the tune, shimmering in descent toward the foot of the track.
This piece completes a dozen tracks in When I initially restarted completing tracks in July with Do It AnywayI envisioned myself writing a track a week like I did in He lives near San Francisco. Apollo Lee 52 Tracks in 52 Weeks. Date : February 28, Genre : House Timing : Strong Like Giselle is a tribute mix for my friend, Giselle Ayalawho is sharpening her sword for her third battle with cancer. Thanks Ik Heb Gedanst Met Jou - Hanny En De Rekels - Hanny En De Rekels the inspiration, Giselle.
Cover photo credit: Harry Who. Now to see how this sounds in the mix. Purple Lunatic In HouseMusic on January 30, with no comments Title : Apollo Lee — Purple Lunatic Date : January 30, Software : Ableton Suite 8 Genre : House Timing : bpm Purple Lunatic opens with a simple tech house track in which a few stabs, a couple of bass lines, and a trimmed down drum kit build a groove without too much clutter.
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