Outline of Process

[ x ] Examples of Latin songs - youtube
[ x ] Examples of early Latin House songs - youtube
[ x ] Examples of modern Latin House songs - youtube
[ x ] Convert songs into audio files and create 10-20 sec examples - Logic
[ x ] Historical research of Latin genre - internet
[ x ] Historical research of Reggaetón - internet
[ x ] Analyze the difference between the three different times (traditional, blend, modern day)
[ x ] Figure out how to mix electronic music with Latin music
[ x ] Make a modern day Latin House song - Logic
[ x ] Create a Keynote presentation
[ x ] Embed videos, pictures, and bounce Logic song into presentation
[ x ] Write down the history and evolution of Latin music to Latin House

Date: 12/7/11

Audio Examples

Cuban Latin Music

Early Latin House
Can't Get Enough - Liz Torres

Modern Day
DJ Federico Croccano

Se Va Conmigo - Carlos Arroyo

Latin House/Reggaetón
Danza Kuduro - Don Omar

Date: 12/8/11 - 12/9/11

Information: Latin House
  • Latin house started in the 1980's from Latino, or from Latin decedent, began releasing records in Spanish.
  • In the 1990's people started making Latin house in the US, and it became more popular and artists started to get more record deals.
  • In the mid 1990's, the record label "Cutting", became the most promonet Latin House label. It included Latin House songs and DJ's remixing songs into the Latin House genre.
Information: Reggaetón
  • Reggaetón originated in Puerto Rico, but has roots in Australia, Panama, and Jamaica.
  • It is a form of Puerto Rican and Latin American urban and Caribbean music.
  • Spread around the world in 2004, to North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Reggaetón blends Jamaican musical influences of dancehall, with those of Latin America, such as soca, salsa, latin, rap, and electronica.
  • Became popular in the 1990's when artists started to follow the path of famous DJ's like DJ Playero, DJ Eric, and DJ Nelson. DJ Playero featured Daddy Yankee in one of his songs, and that is how Daddy Yankee became famous.
  • Gained more prominence in 2001-2001 when artists started using the original sound of "Dem Bow", which is slang for the unique type of beat in reggaetón that differs from other reggae music.
  • The lyrics in reggaetón songs are are from rapping and some singing. The majority of artists are male.
  • Some of the big name artists in Latin House/Reggaetón are Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, and Shakira.
  • Many Reggaetón artists are making songs that make it to the top of US's charts.
  • In 1970, several reggae DJ's from Panama started to make some of the first Reggaetón. They blended their spanish vocals and Latin theme with the Jamaican raggae beat.
Information: Latin Music Timeline; Afro-Caribbean
  • Pre 60's: Afro-Caribbean comes from the 20th century, and the music is basis in the history of Latin contemporary music. Popular styles included bolero and son cubano. In the 1950s, Caribbean music increased in popularity and styles such like cha-cha-cha and mambo spread to North America. Havana, Cuba became the capital of Latin music.

  • 1960's: After the Cuban Revolution, many of the musicians looked to relocate to other countries. Most of them joined the Latino community of the U.S. east coast. Musicians experimented with fusions and created new rhythms such as "boogaloo". Puerto Rican artist, Willie Colón, took Afro-Caribbean roots and joined them with influences of rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues.

  • 1970's: Willie Colón joined with Puerto Rican Héctor Lavoe, and they began one of the most important groups in Latin music history. His music connected with the people in Spanish Harlem and grew popularity in the Caribbean, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. That is how the genre of Salsa started. Salsa dominated dance floors, but Héctor Lavoe ended up leaving for a solo career. Willie Colón joined with Rubén Blades and released the album "Siembra" which is one of the top selling Latin albums ever.

  • 1980's: As Salsa started to lose prominence, lyrics, and a 3 minute song structure were added. Artists like Frankie Ruiz or Eddie Santiago were the major acts, but salsa romántica songs were still alive. After, Juan Luis Guerra blended Dominican themes in Latin songs, so merengue and bachata genres, spread internationally.

  • 1990's: Salsa romántica still topped the charts, but artists started to move to the English-speaking market. The son cubano genre returned for a little bit during this time.

  • 2000's: Afro-Caribbean music begins to die out, and is replaced by Latin Pop, Latin House, and reggaetón. Artists like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Tego Calderón spread the music incredibly, and the genres grew in popularity very quickly.
Information: Tradition Latin Music Basics and Properties
  • Latin and Caribbean music covers many countries, cultures, rhythms, and dances.
  • Cuban rhythms and the most common forms.
  • Clave is a very important instrument and can be used in the 3-2 pattern, or 2-3. Effects how all the other instruments play.
  • Piano has a stand 2-bar structure that fits with the clave in a specific way.
  • Conga drums/processions fit with the clave in a 2-bar phrase.

Date: 12/12/11


Traditional Latin
The traditional Latin music seems to have a general feel that is mimicked throughout all the songs. Songs use instruments that play off, and are based around, each other. The style can move into other sub-genres, such as salsa and mambo, but the Latin feel is usually consistent and is easy to distinct.
In tradition Latin music, the beat is based around the clave, and the piano and drums fit into the rhythm. The instruments balance each other and play off one another. Most of the music is broken into 2-bar phrases, but the entire structure depends on the song. The tempo can range up to 160 bpm and the key signature is usually 4/4 or 3/8.

Early Latin House
The early Latin House still used some of the same patterns as traditional Latin music, but adapts more of the modern day technology of the 1980's. More electronic bass is added and standard acoustic bass is replaced. The drum machines replaced the acoustic drums, but the patterns stay the same. The upbeat tempo and key signatures also remained the same.

Modern Latin House/Reggaetón
Latin House: The present day Latin house is not as similar. It has the same Latin feel by using the same instruments, but some of the patterns aren't as popular. The use of the clave isn't as relavent, but other instruments take its place and pattern. The tempo slowed down, and ranges more in the house tempo. The drum kits are also more focused on the upbeat, like most Latin songs. One major difference is the addition of a distinct synth, that sounds like a synth accordion, but is present in most songs. There are not as much lows present. There is bass, but it is a higher electronic bass riff that is based of a 2 or 4 bar riff.
Reggaetón: Reggaetón is even more distinctive because the tempo is can range widely; sometimes it can dip down to 90 bpm or be even faster than Latin House. It does implement the same sort of the synth lead, but is not necessary. It has more of a bass presence and can have many different patterns and styles. The drums might not be as strong of a presence, they are more there for accenting and just a background beat. A lot of the beat tend to occur on the upbeats. They also use some acoustic instruments such as strongs and horns.

Date: 12/13/11

Outline for Song

Drums: I will use the common Reggaetón beat
  • Kick drum on every quater note
  • Snare on the last sixteenth on 1st and 3rd, and on the second eighth note on the 2nd and 4th
  • And in conga and stick pattern to fill the beat

Background: I will add some string patterns in the background to fill the song

Synth: I want to add the common Latin House synth, but I still have to learn how to make it

Bass: I will use a bass pattern the fits in with my drum kit

Add some other kind of bass/synth riff


Worked on Song

Date: 12/14/11 - 1/8/12

Making the Song

[ x ] Drums
[ x ] Background
[ x ] Synth
[ x ] Bass
[ x ] Additional Fills

Made drum kit
Made background strings
Worked on intro bass line
Work on synth
Worked on creating a built up
Made 2 more drum beats
Made build up and finished beginning bass line
Finished build up
Worked on main drum lines
Work on other synth lead
Mix together synth leads
Made another section
Made more transitions
Combined synth with bass