Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Abstract

The Sonnet is a 4:18 minute track representing a semester’s worth of research into the dubstep genre of electronic dance music, synthesizer programming, poetry melodization, multi-track-recording based music composition techniques, and multi-instrumentalism. The work combines a jazz influenced keyboard groove over a dubstep influenced shuffled half-time vocal percussion rhythm with a bass drop section featuring a heavy wobble bass instrument programmed from scratch in the Csound open source sound programming language. The whole song accompanies the processed singing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s “The Sonnet.” Aside from the lyrics, all composition and recordings were produced by the author, including an additional saxophone solo, all singing, all vocal percussion, all keyboards, and the bass.

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