Wednesday 27 May 2015

End of May progress.


Heres what I've been unto recently.

Did a presentation today on:

How are modern records affecting our perception of global music culture?
Identifying the sound of a nation's music leads to the fascinating investigation of music and culture. Since the 1960’s the familiar practise of ethnomusicology has helped us analyse our understanding of the development of music and its relation to culture. However, investigation into the combination of ethnomusicology and record production are fairly limited.Now in the 21st century, record producers from the UK are sampling foreign music and using it within their own records. This technique is often used by a producer who wants to enrich the sound-world presented within their music. This growing trend is particularly evident in electronic dance music, where multicultural fusions are used to give an artist a rejuvenated appearance to their audience. This presentation explores the growing practise of field recordings and how they are sampled within modern dance music record production. It analyses examples of electronic dance music to identify multicultural fusions heard within the music. Furthermore, this presentation aims to contextualise my own investigation into the sounds and music of Colombia. I will be producing an album for my dissertation by traveling to Colombia in order to conduct research for an album of Colombian inspired fusion music.

Presentation went into the details of my initial research surrounding electronic dance fusion music.

e.g. Mala in cuba, Quantic "Magnetica", Funky DL "Songs from Nephta"

Questions asked by professor include:

Q: How will this be different to what previous musicians like Joni Mitchell & Paul Simon have done. E.g. are you going to be making your own music using bits from Colombia or are you going to be literally promoting the music of Colombia.

A: I want to do whatever suits the music of Colombia best and serve that to the western audience. I know that sounds vague but I don't want to stick to one genre or impose my own style of song writing necessarily. I want to be inspired by the music there and then.
I suppose it really depends on what I get whilst I'm in the country, I will prepare my own music to be interpreted by Colombian musicians but also be prepared not to use this at all. I want to keep things as open to inspiration as possible.

Looking at producer Quantic:

Interesting insight into how he used field recordings to make a song Sol Clap

Producer technique

Friday 24 April 2015

Hi there!

This is my first ever post on my travel blog

My name is Matthew Thorns. I am traveling to Colombia to teach music to children whilst learning from their culture. As a music student I hope to learn from the many different types music in Colombia.

I am working with charities 'Barefoot Foundation' and 'Caring for Colombia'

I want to write an album inspired by this trip that I will personally write, record, produce and release as part of my MA in music production.

Here is a promo video I made hoping to raise funds for the trip...

Crowdfund page should be up and running soon with more details of teaching research campaign. (keep an eye on this page)

Thanks for reading.

More to come soon.




Matt Brennan

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