Art of Record Production Conference
May 17-19, 2019
Berklee College of Music, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
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Sunday, May 19 • 10:00 - 10:30
The audio technology and its influence on the rise of Colombian tropical music in the 60s and 70s…

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The music recorded between the decades of 1960 and 1970 in the city of Medellín by the main Colombian record companies transcended musical history and remained in the cultural memory of this and other Latin American countries. This was a time of great proliferation of the music business in Colombia, mainly of the traditional genres from the Colombian Caribbean coast played by youth groups influenced by foreign music such as the twist and the rock and roll.
The combination between artists, traditional music and the recording technology of that time was the fundamental nucleus of a particular sound that transcended the Colombian imaginary; thus, the study of the development of audio technology and its use in record productions are transcendental to obtain a musicological analysis in these styles of recordings (Zagorsky-Thomas: 2014). Hence the importance to determining the scope of the creative role played by (and still played) the sound engineer, the record technician or the musical producer in relation to the performers and arrangers in the aesthetic sound result.

A reflective study is proposed to show the incidence of each one of these factors, which allowed consolidating a sound and a particular aesthetic in the rise of the music industry in Medellín in the 1960s and 1970s.
The aforementioned rises the following question: would it be possible to reverse the preconceived relationship between musical creation and the use of technological tools for musical creation?
Moreover, could it be stated that the popular music in Colombia made in this period of time was, without a doubt, influenced by technology and the technical advances in the evolution of its sound aesthetics?

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Carlos Caballero

Associate Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
Carlos Caballero is a musician, record producer and professor, BM in Classical Guitar, postgraduate in Audio Postproduction and MA in E-Learning. He is currently a PhD candidate in Arts at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) focused on Colombian tropical music record production... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00 - 10:30 EDT
Classroom 311 (3rd floor)

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