A Path to Multi-Instrumentalist Self Production

A Path to Multi-Instrumentalist Self Production


Brandon Atwell



The objective of this project is to develop an artistic identity as a multi-instrumentalist composer, performer, and producer through the analysis of musical influences and the composition and recording of new music. This project represents an attempt at the synthesis of an artist’s (the author’s) musical background in various instruments and genre into a clearer identity as an artist. Over the course of the project, musical influences were identified and then analyzed using a self-determined system, whose purpose it was to facilitate the tracking of influences to the original compositions of the author. New musical compositions were conceptualized and realized, resulting in three audio recordings. These objectives were accomplished with the use of auto-ethnographic and action-research methodologies. The project demonstrated the difficulty of self producing, performing and recording original music, namely the difficulty of making all of the decisions with confidence; yet, the project simultaneously demonstrated the possibility and promise of working in this way.

Publication Date



Valencia (Spain) Campus


creative project; auto-ethnography; compositional processes


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file containing 3 .wav files), score (.pdf).

A Path to Multi-Instrumentalist Self Production