Welcome to the home page for digital music-makers in Roxbury, Massachusetts. 

Thanks to the vision and support of Thaddeus Miles, the community computer-centers at the Camfield Estates, the Academy Homes, and Franklin Park were the first sites involved in Wayne's digital music program. 

Byron Logan is the on-site representative for the Roxbury centers.  You can hear some of his latest creations here.  If you live in the Lower Roxbury/South End community (or are near Boston), feel free to e-mail him at byronlogan@hotmail.com.  We are always looking for people interested in learning to make music on computers.

Back in 2003, Ilvin (quite an ill name for a producer), was promising to be a future super-producer.  Ilvin made beats in various styles, from hip-hop, to reggae, to techno.  Here are a few songs Ilvin created: ill5, ill6, ill8.

February 19th, 2003

To celebrate technology week (2/10/03--2/14/03), several young students from Washington Heights Technology Center participated in a 2-day workshop on digital music making.  The workshop focused primarily on hip-hop and as you'll see, there were some interesting interpretations.  The kids were primarily middle-schoolers, but we also had several elementary-school aged children.  Enjoy:

David a.k.a. DJ nugget, laid this down pretty quickly.

Christian, one of the many girls to participate, has her own musical voice, and the confidence to use it; check out The Master Beats C. J. 

Estella, another of the young ladies from Washington Heights, hits you with da one and only gangsta beats.

O'Shea and Deneyasha, both siblings and our youngest people, combined their efforts and came up with this rap attack.

May 7th, 2003--Madison Park Community Center

We've recently begun working with youth from the Madison Park Community Center. As with the majority of the youth we work with, most of these students had not used a computer to create music before.  We are into our third week together. 

The first week, we had our introductory "How-To" demonstration of FruityLoops, affording the youth ample time to discover FruityLoops on their own after discussion.  Last week, we began our journey with a look into hip-hop music.  We talked about what could be considered "standard" hip hop drums (4 beat bars; kicks on 1 and 3, and snares on 2 and 4, with high hats every other 16th).  I mentioned that in today's music, this pattern is virtually non-existent to the ear (although, it might be more accurate to say that it has been disguised).  Then we issued a challenge:  create your hip-hop drum pattern using the three basics--kick, snare, high hat--as well as a bass line and one or two other sounds of your choice.  Here is a sampling of some of the products:

anthony1       beat1    beat 2      cw   Mike     tosan