- My aim is to create a musical recording which captures the diverse soundscape of Colombia which will promote their fresh and vigorous music culture.
- All contributors will be able to download their own 'free' digital copy of my album.
- I'm confident this will stimulate and resonate with many western listeners (even former choristers like me).
- Colombia is attracting a global music audience and I want to help shape its future in this exciting and pioneering phase.
- I will use mobile recording equipment and dynamic microphones to gather musical material and create a short album.
- Recordings will be made while learning, sharing & teaching music around Colombia. I will then refine and remaster these recordings in the very well equipped studio facilities at the University of York.
- The final album version will be completed and submitted in October as part of my master's dissertation in music production.
- All donations, no matter how small, will make a huge difference to the success of this project. Funds will allow me to travel widely and collect a greater diversity of music samples.
- I need to raise £2500 in total. I have already raised £500 through winning the International Connections award from Santander. If I can raise £1000 independently the university will match this figure.
- In addition to researching for the album, I plan to share my music knowledge and skills with the Colombian community; in particular, teaching children and musicians in short volunteer sessions in schools and colleges. This will be aimed at stimulating students to love music and to learn more.
- Working with charities Barefoot Foundation and Caring for Colombia will help me teach my music to children in the cities of Cali, Cartagena and Medellin.
- Barefoot Foundation is a charity set up by Colombian musician Shakira, who I aim to collaborate with in order to find out more about Colombian music.
- Further collaboration with teaching institutions such as University EAFIT will enable me to compose and produce music with local musicians.
- I have been inspired by the works of musicians such as Quantic, Mala and Bjork and their unique multicultural fusions. I want to conduct my own research into Latin American music in order to be the first MA music student at York University to travel abroad for their dissertation.
Your help, networking and donations can turn this dream into a reality.
- One months music expedition around Colombia (July) £2,500 includes flights (2 external + 4 internal) + accommodation
- Two month production process in York (August-September)
- Funding for a Album launch party with the possibility of a performance. Location to be confirmed!
!PLEASE READ BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE DETAILS!
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Matt Thorns and I am a music production Master's Student at The University of York, England. I have been a professional singer since the age of 7 and also play a variety of instruments.
'From the age of 16 I have composed, recorded and produced my own music.'
"Music truly is the universal language" - Herbie Hancock.
'I’ve always wanted the chance to go to another country and explore the depth of their musical culture.'
'This is a hugely ambitious project which can not be attained alone.'
HOW TO HELP ME SUCCEED?
- Your donations are what will make this album possible - any amount will help!
- Your donations will go directly into teaching, planning and funding of an album that promotes Colombian music!
- You, the donors, will receive rewards or donate anonymously.
- Its a chance to make something we can all be proud to be a part of.
- As a reward to each donor I will make a pledge based on the amount you donate. (see pledges)
- This will range from a personal thank you on social media sites, to a copy of the extended album, to access to my personal research information, to a copy of my music diary film, to special mentions on the album's credits and many more.
- All donators will be credited as being part of the support for the album. Thank you in advance!