Justin Poon is a fourth semester student at Berklee studying performance and electronic production and design. When not busy being bad at the guitar, Justin is tinkering on a DAW or playing Terran in Starcraft II. He loves jazz, classical and R&B but is most likely listening to a Lil B mixtape.
In 2011, I had just begun listening to hip-hop again after a long period of time being exclusively into jazz and acoustic music. I was listening to the likes of J-Dilla, Foreign Exchange, Lupe Fiasco, and many others, the kind of hip-hop that some would deem “intellectual” or “real.” Over time I had transitioned to what some people refer to as the “popular” and “dumber” kind of hip-hop, after being exposed to two new R&B singers who had changed the way I heard music: Frank Ocean and the Weeknd. Frank Ocean is a member of the Odd Future crew along with notable rappers such as Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats. Tyler the Creator’s prominence had generated buzz for the group’s members and gave it an eager audience. His mixtape nostalgia ; ultra was a collection of Ocean’s originals, covers, and skits, which combined the classic love song format with futuristic elements.
Trevor Cheitlin is a fifth-semester pro music major at Berklee. When he’s not writing or singing, he’s pretending to be far cooler than he actually
is. Check him out on YouTube.
I had the pleasure of accompanying Panos Panay, the founder of Berklee’s new Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, to the Boston Music Tech Fest a couple of weeks ago, where he sat down with MIT’s Ken Zolot to discuss the entrepreneurial connection between music and tech (Oh what’s this? A Berklee.edu post on the subject? You don’t say!). They weren’t the only presenters, however, which means I got to learn about many exciting emerging technologies in the music industry. Continue reading →
Nessa semana venho falar sobre dois eventos interessantes que irão ocorrer na Berklee. Como guitarrista e apreciador de música “estranha”, preciso destacar um destes eventos, que é o seguinte: Microtonal Research with Dave Fiuczynski.
Dave é mais conhecido como o guitarrista e líder das bandas Screaming Headless Torsos e KiF. Também é bem conhecido por sua intensa e longa pesquisa sobre música microtonal e elementos musicais do Oriente Médio. Ele se considera um “guitarrista de jazz que não quer tocar apenas jazz”. Seu estilo de música é díficil de descrever, misturando elementos de Rock, Jazz, música microtonal e ritmos que se encontram na música indiana e turca.