Berklee se viste de música venezolana

Stefano Melillo Melendez , from smmblogsCaracas Venezuela, is a fifth semester student at Berklee, majoring in Music Business and Contemporary Writing and Production and his principle instrument is violin. 

Stefano Melillo Meléndez, de Caracas Venezuela, en su quinto semestre estudia Music Business y Contemporary Writing and Production y su instrumento principal es el violín

La música evoluciona y lo hace a través de sus músicos. Este también es el caso de la música venezolana.

Contamos con la visita de tres grandes pioneros de la música venezolana contemporánea. Ellos son: Manuel Rangel (maracas), Rodner Padilla (bajo) y Cesar Orozco (piano).

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A. R. Rahman se apresenta com alunos da Berklee no Symphony Hall

Vinicius Sa
Vinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is
a Brazilian guitarist and composer who is majoring in Film Scoring.
Vinicius works as the Online International Ambassador for Portuguese
language since January, 2014.
A. R. Rahman é um compositor indiano, cantor, compositor e produtor musical. Rahman é
reconhecido por ter escrito trilhas sonoras para cinema, Estas trilhas são um grande exemplo
de como Rahman é eclético. Em seu trabalho, ele demonstra bom gosto em misturar música
indiana tradicional, música eletrônica e arranjos orquestrais. Entre suas premiações estão dois
Academy Awards, dois prêmios Grammy, um prêmio BAFTA, um globo de ouro, quatro National
Film Awards, quinze Filmfare Awards e treze Filmfare Awards Sul.

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Music Business Seminar – Pablo Langa, Technology in the Music Industry

Wesley A’Harrah and Martin Erler, students of the global entertainment and music business master’s program, reflect upon the first of the weekly ‘Music Business Seminars’ where they had the chance to listen to Pablo Langa, Business Director for Blackboard International, talk about his presentation “Does your next million dollar business idea need a mobile app?”.Nomophobia-Berklee-blog

Are you one of the many individuals who suffer from nomophobia? In their 2012 study, a technology company called SecureEnvoy found that roughly 67% of their research population believed they had this strangely named condition. So what is nomophobia, exactly? Macmillan dictionary states nomophobia is “the fear of not having or not being able to use a cellphone.”

Pablo Langa – a specialist in global mobile-app development and strategic technological marketing – provided our music business Master’s class with some insights on drivers of powerful, innovative technological advances in today’s web-based environment. His presentation “Does your next million-dollar business idea need a mobile app” introduced us to six critical factors in creating a successful mobile application to meet the needs of today’s challenges. These six factors are the following: scope, pricing, knowing your audience, creating a platforming roadmap, promotion and the decision to build or buy your app.

When you think of versatile tools, a Swiss-army knife is likely among the first few things that come to mind. In the case mobile-apps, versatility often presents itself in a different form. Apps that claim to offer numerous functions are often less effective than competing apps with specialized functions. Simplicity is key: less is more, and more is less. Make sure your app is fast and performs well, and you’ll be much better off than having a slow app that can do many things.

When it comes to pricing a mobile app, it is crucial to understand the devices from which your target audience will utilize your app. Take into account the following average amount users will spend for an app on the following devices:

Android phone – $0.06
iPhone – $0.19
iPad – $0.50.

If fail to build your business model according to your audience, you can easily find yourself falling behind projected profit margins.

One of the more difficult aspects of app development is accounting for interfacing needs of your audience. An app needs to account for culture, language, location and Internet accessibility. For instance, some languages require text to read from right-to-left. Naturally, this can heavily influence the visual layout of your app.Pablo Langa Music Business Seminar

The average platform operating system (e.g. IOS 8, Android 4) will go through 25 updates each year. To remain relevant and functioning properly within a specified platform, it is mandatory to stay on top of these changes. There’s no easier way to convince users to delete your app than letting your app become incompatible with their operating system.

Remember Flappy Bird? This app was a pioneer in effectively accruing large numbers of ratings in short time-spans. A recent article from Business Insider revealed a major aspect of Flappy Bird’s path to success. Because of Flappy Bird’s app design, almost every user would quite quickly click on the “rate this app” button, effectively promoting the app within the app store. This is one of many possible methods of promoting an application.

If you’re absolutely set on having a top-ten app on the Apple app store, take a look at the following formula and see how you can break it:

App Store Ranking = (# of installs weighted for the past few hours) + (# of installs weighted for the past few days) + REVIEWS (star rating + number of reviews) + Engagement (# of times app opened etc.) + Sales ($)

While there is no definitive answer to whether you should build or pay someone for your app, there are some things to consider when faced with this question. If you want to have total control of your app then it is almost necessary you develop your own app. It’s relatively easy to create a clean, effective app through the use of app-creation websites (Appmachine, Phonegap, Xamarin or Goodbarber) and it is becoming more and more frequent for people and companies alike to manage the creation of their apps. If you’re terrible with technology, though, outsourcing your app creation is always a viable option. Keep focused on what you and your team are good at, and supplement these skills however you need.

Remember: if you want to reach as many people as possible, your app must be able to connect across various platforms, devices and audience demographics.

Want to learn one last thing? You know how your phone’s camera still makes that old-time camera sound? That sound is an example of something called a skeuomorph. Go Google it!


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Suhhyun Sarah Kwon is a fourth semester student at Berklee, dual majoring in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production. 버클리에서 Film Scoring과 Contemporary Writing and Production 복수전공으로 네번째 학기를 맞는 권서현입니다. 영어로 발음하기 어려운 이름이라 Sarah라는 이름을 사용하고 있습니다. 

안녕하세요 :) 버클리 블로그 한국어 섹션의 새로운 블로거 권서현입니다. 한국과는 달리 여름방학이 거의 4달이나 되는데 작년과 올해 두번 다 한국을 다녀와서 그런지 2년이라는 짧지 않은 시간이 후다닥 지나갔네요. 이 블로그에서 버클리 이야기는 물론, 버클리가 있는 보스턴, 그 외에도 다양한 이야기를 하고 싶어요.

그런 의미에서 저의 첫 포스팅은 학기 초 어느 날씨 좋았던 날의 보스턴을 들려드리고 보여드릴게요.

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Building Bridges crossing over the Electric Waters: Interludes and YouTube

billb-300x200Bill Banfield is a professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society and director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs at Berklee. An award-winning composer, jazz guitarist /recording artist, and public radio show host, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press on music, arts, cultural criticism, and history.


I don’t go to YouTube to learn music. I don’t want to wade through a bunch of electronically connected references that I know aren’t the real deal. I have little interest in pushing a button to discover the next new thing, but would  rather create a new chord, song, groove, and then take out a pencil and chart and orchestrate it. So let’s face it, there is a widening gap today between young people and the older folks’ “back in the day way.” Continue reading