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This year has been dedicated to the discovery and cultivation of my true authentic artistic voice through the creation of a three-song EP and the further development of my technical facility on the saxophone. At the core of my identity, I am a saxophonist, so much of this year has been dedicated to further developing my technique and improv abilities on this instrument. I also wanted to develop the skills and systems that enable me to effectively and efficiently produce original music. By analyzing songs from artists I admire, like Lettuce, Bon Iver, The Nth Power, Tom Misch, and Cory Wong, I have gained a further understanding of the musical elements these artists employ within their songs so that I could utilize them within my compositions. By taking advantage of programs like Ableton, Sibelius, and Pro Tools, I developed, recorded, and produced my music efficiently. The most important thing I learned through all of this though was how important it is to work with the right people and develop a team that can help you realize your vision. From co-writers at the beginning of the process to the mix engineer toward the end, each person you let into work on your piece of music leaves a piece of themselves in your art, so making sure they are the right fit has become very important to me.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
EP; Original Music; Music Production; Saxophone; Composition
Kelly, Samuel. “True Voice.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2022. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-contemporary-performance/239.