Research Endeavours

01) Teaching module: Collaborative effort – Heavy Metal timeline: Heavy Metal timeline

02) Teaching modules: History of Electronic Music Around the World; History of Fania Records; Sophisti-pop; New Wave; Synth-pop (2013 -2014)

  • Modules I researched and created for my courses, History Of Popular Music I and History Of Popular Music II

03) Publication: Literature Review – Popular Music Journal (Vol. 35, Issue 3): New Wave: Image Is Everything

04) Publication: Book chapter for Bloomsbury Publishing (2018): “Mute, Dirty Electronics and the DIT Spirit”, Mute Records: The Historical and Artistic Contexts of Britain’s Key Independent Record Label

05) Dissertation: How U.S. Latino Musicians Reconcile Latin American Heritage with American Identity in Popular Music: Exploring the Four “A’s” to Musical Hybridity (August 2015 – August 2016)

  • This dissertation explored how U.S. Latino composers/songwriters express their Latin American and American heritages through the music they create. The demographic of focus is first and/or second generation composers/songwriters of Hispanic descent. Musical traits to be explored were phrasing, harmonic progressions, instrumentation, song form, tempo and rhythmic patterns, and production techniques. I have done fieldwork and interviews with a few subjects that fit my demographic profile.
  • The aim of this study was to investigate four possible stages of musical hybridity through a research tool I devised.

06) Graduate research: Exploring Musical Soundscapes – Metal Series, Ep. 4: Percussive Traits (January 2016)

  • Educational radio programme focused on traits of musical styles. This episode was dedicated to metal percussive techniques.

07) Graduate research: Moving the Energy Inside a Capoeira Roda (May 2015 – July 2015)

  • My aims were to understand how the oral tradition of Capoeira music drives the energy and movements of the participants’ dancing and acrobatics. This study explored the singing, rhythm, call and response, and instrumentation that controlled the actions of the participants’ inside the circle where two dancers dance in sync with occasional attack motions. I also wanted to include the participants’ choices in selecting motions, the range of emotions that they have, if they experienced a spiritual connection, and how their particular cultural/ethnic identity is expressed within this Brazilian tradition. Video and audio recordings, interviews, and photographs were produced along with a paper.

08) Graduate research: Morris Dancing (April 2015)

  • The purpose was to understand the musical tradition of Morris Dancing in Britain and the culture surrounding it. A short documentary was produced.

09) Graduate research: How Plena Is Being Used To Connect Puerto Ricans in the States Back To Their Roots (October 2014 – January 2015)

  • In this essay, I attempted to establish how plena music is used to connect Puerto Ricans in the United States back to their roots on the island and re-establish their unique, cultural identity.

10) Independent undergraduate research: Cuban vs. Puerto Rican vs. Dominican Influences in Art Music – Analysis: Amadeo Roldán, “La Rebambaramba”; Roberto Sierra, “La Salsa” Symphony (August 2011 – December 2011)

  • This paper compared the traditional musics of the Spanish Caribbean and its influences in art music
  • Researched early 20th century Cuban composer, Amadeo Roldán, and analyzed his 1928 ballet score, “La Rebambaramba”
  • Researched and interviewed Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra, and analyzed his symphony, “La Salsa”

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