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Ever wonder what Beethoven or Mozart might think if they were asked to assemble a score for the newest edition of a Playstation video game?

Scott Flaven, the visiting conductor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, says video game music is rapidly becoming the forefront of music composing.

So students got together and decided to create an ensemble of music from their favorite video games. Some of the games that inspired them include Portal, Bioshock, Super Mario Bros. and Pong.

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During his sophomore year of high school, Topher started listening to electronic music in the vein of dubstep and drum and bass. Soon he got hooked onto the rest of the electronic musical tree.

Now he's a 21-year-old psychology student at Florida International University. He asked that we not use his full name, because during this year's Winter Music Conference, he plans on rolling. 

"Rolling" commonly refers to consuming molly, a hallucinogenic amphetamine-like drug marketed as MDMA. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.

Shouldn’t Miami Hip-Hop Hit Harder?

Feb 26, 2015
Mark Maturah

The lineup for Dope Entertainment's Rolling Loud Festival set South Florida hip-hop heads abuzz: the headliners are current favorites Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson and Juicy J. 

But on Feb. 28 at Wynwood's Soho Studios, those big alternative-hip-hop acts will share the stage with underground South Florida rappers.

One of those locals is 19-year-old Denzel Curry from Carol City. 

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Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

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The composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison have been fusing their visions for upwards of 17 years. Some of their work together is included in a Bill Morrison retrospective up now at the MoMA in New York. Their first piece was for Bang on a Can, the new-music collective Gordon co-founded. It was called "City Walk," and over the years, a lot of their work has been about cities.

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Saturday, Jan. 24 will see the union of two musical acts in celebration of Afrobeat music at the main stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. 

Zap Mama and Antibalas will come together as one band. 

“We are merging the two bands, not [performing] one after another,” says Marie Daulne, the voice behind the female vocal ensemble Zap Mama.  

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In Broward County, it looks like a matter of “no dollars, no divas.”

South Florida’s premiere opera company says lack of funds might soon bring down the curtain on its Fort Lauderdale performances. 

Noel “King Sporty” Williams, reggae songwriter and DJ, died at Jackson Memorial Hospital Monday evening. He was 71.

Williams was a prolific, if not widely known, musician. He made several contributions to popular music -- including penning the Bob Marley hit “Buffalo Soldier.”

Roger Lewis, Sporty’s friend and member of the Grammy Award-winning band Inner Circle, reflects on Williams -- who he says was a key figure in the formation of Miami’s musical styles.

12/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Jazz legend, Ira Sullivan, brings his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet to our WLRN Studio A to perform Jazz standards with his group of professional musicians. Please tune in Friday to hear the Jazz excitement of Ira Sullivan on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

Miami Art Week Guide 2014: Best Music Events

Dec 1, 2014
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Music is the heartbeat of Art Basel week. From South Beach to Wynwood, the city streets exude soul-pounding bass, crescendos of funk, the juke-joint stomp of rhythm and blues and everything in between.

That aural mixture fuses with the energy of hundreds of thousands of awestruck participants, the art that surrounds them and the huge amounts of money that make it all happen.

The result is a one-of-a-kind milieu of technology, art, commerce, tourism and the cathartic release of everyone’s appreciation of it all. Especially locals.