A Modern-Day Musical Melting Pot: Sounds that Span the Seas
This project is an original cross-cultural music and visual performance. Graduate student Ryan Vazquez plans to blend the genres of Reggae, Latin, and Electronica, spanning a variety of styles from each throughout history to create a modern and eclectic fusion sound. By conducting research on the various aspects of these genres over time, including rhythm, instrumentation, and cultural influence, Ryan narrows down the similarities between them in order to blend them, and accent their differences to give contrast. He uses a system where he can create, loop, layer, mix, and manipulate sound and video in real time with the combination of a keyboard, digital vocoder, Theremin, turntable, and digital controller. Using his knowledge from class along with research, innovation, and practice, he expands his capabilities as a performer using sound, video, and lighting that combines Reggae, Latin, and Electronic music to create a captivating, and new audio/visual musical experience.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Reggae; Latin; Electronica; genres; history; audio/visual musical experience
Project Components: project video (.mp4), reflection paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio tracks (ZIP file containing 5 .wav audio files),
Vazquez, Ryan D. “A Modern-Day Musical Melting Pot: Sounds that Span the Seas.” Master's Project, Berklee College of Music, 2020. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-production-technology/223.