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The Music of 'Tchia': Channeling the Soul of New Caledonia

John Robert Matz  (Composer, Independent)

Location: Room 3006, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Audio Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

"Tchia" is a one-of-a-kind cultural celebration of the small island nation of New Caledonia. Featuring elements of geography, art, food, architecture, mythology, and innumerable other aspects of New Caledonian life, it is the musical sonorities of New Caledonia that frequently take center stage. Join the composer as he looks at the process that went into creating a culturally-sensitive, respectful, collaborative score that features and revels in local voices, rhythms, and timbres. Expect to examine featured local instruments, dive into the challenges of international collaboration, production on a budget, songwriting, rhythm game design, open world interactive musical structure, and even take a look at how Tchia's playable ukulele came together!


Audience members will get a detailed breakdown of everything that went into Tchia's music, from conception to production to implementation, giving them a window into how we brought a unique culture to vivid life through music.

Intended Audience

This talk is targeted towards composers of all experience levels with an interest in ethnomusicology, creating culturally sensitive scores, and exploring methods for cross-cultural collaboration and celebration. Knowledge of basic recording and DAW techniques is helpful, as is knowledge of FMod middleware, but not required.

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