The Digital Musician: An Analysis

By Alfred Johnson.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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There is a major gap between the training of the digital musician with no music theory and the traditional musician with music training and performance. This paper discusses the analysis of the teaching model that addresses the “Digital Musician” and “Traditional Musician” using a semiotic based approach. In the classroom, the student learns the symbolism of the mathematical coding or formula of the electronic language, M.I.D.I. {Music Instrument Digital Interface} and the “traditional coding” of the music symbols of “DOTS AND STEMS” or 1/4, half-notes, etc.

Once the contemporary student of music is able to see the common relationship of both approaches, the learning of music theory and the m.i.d.i. language can be attained and developed.

Keywords: Music Technology, Digital Musician

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.499-506. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 665.699KB).

Prof. Alfred Johnson

Music Technology Coordinator, Mass Communications Department, Medgar Evers College - City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Professor Al Johnson has recently completed the Music Technology Minor at Medgar Evers College bringing with him a over two decade’s worth of experience in music engineering, business and training. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music Technology from New York University. His early beginnings started with recording studio and live sound installations and consultations leading to management and engineering at several professional recording facilities. He has completed several albums in the jazz, gospel and R&B fields. An ongoing study in the field in the area of music technology synthesis and securing grants totaling $3000 allows for his most recent publication, “Synthesis in Music Sequencing” through the Technology Institute of Music Educators (T.I.M.E.). His second publication presented in Spain at an International Technology Conference discussed a research award based on a “Secondary School Survey” teaching music to the non-traditional music student. In the summer ’08, he has, recently, completed a jazz album entitled “Colors”, which included jazz greats such as Bobby Watson, Lionel Cordeau and Dave Jackson (Upright for Monks’ Band). Professor Johnson, currently, holds seminars and presentations in the local college community on effective use of their sound, lighting and video equipment.

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