The Oracle of Apollo Snippets from the life of Apollo Lee

May 02, 2008 - 18:05

Music, Personal

Getting Back to the Music

This morning on the train, I wrote my 24th track of the year on the way to work. It’s my 21st ambient improvisation. I don’t know how I started doing those, but they seem to flow well and help me fall asleep. Many people I know are unaware of my decades-long fascination with deep ambient music, particularly that of Harold Budd, Brian Eno, and Steve Roach.

I don’t know whether or not I’ll ever release these on an actual album, but I play them quite often when I’m trying to calm down. Even if they’re just throw-away tracks, I’m learning something about constructive self-criticism every time I make one of these tracks. What’s more, building music on the train (instead of playing video games on my PSP makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something even before I’ve set foot in my office.

I’d listen to them more at work, but at 40 beat a minute, they induce calmness and, often, sleepiness. Are they good enough to release on a CD? Not all of them are, certainly, but I definitely feel like the ambient tracks are superior to the house tracks I’ve written this year.

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