Pending Papers

The Humans and the Machine: Perceptual Differences Between Collective and Solo Performances

This paper provides a thorough comparison between two live performances of Jacob Collier’s song “Don’t You Know”: his 2015 performance with the band Snarky Puppy, and his performance during his One-Man Show in 2016, a multimedia display of multi-instrumental virtuosity where he simulates a digital one-man band using custom equipment. These two performances are published on YouTube with similar popularity, and I supply an analysis of the comments that provide useful insight about the audience’s behaviour and preferences.

The Online Composer-Audience Collaboration

There is a substantial amount of research on the creative process of the composer, and there has been an increasing interest in detailing the relationship between composer and performer. Yet, there is little research about the dynamics between the composer and listener, a subject which merits consideration. Thanks to the internet and online video-sharing platforms, composers can directly interact with their listeners and fans. I focus specifically on Jacob Collier and Andrew Huang, two artists who make use of these online resources to collaborate with their audience by requesting compositional material from them.

An Analytical Comparison of Manuel M. Ponce’s Intermezzo no. 1 and no. 2

Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948) was one of the most influential Mexican composers of the early 20th Century. I analyze his Intermezzo no. 1, written during his romantic period in the early 1920s, and compare it to his Intermezzo no. 2, written in Paris around 1933. Although both works display a nocturne-like character, they use vastly different harmonic language. I highlight the continuous assimilation and evolution of Ponce’s numerous styles and influences.

Newsletter Publications

Ramirez, Luis. “Internet Culture and Music | Research Connection.” Brandon University, 2018.

Blog Articles

Ramirez, Luis. “Thank You, Internet.” Institute for Research in Music and Community (blog), 2018.

Encyclopedic Articles

The Indie Classical Genre

The indie classical genre is generally used to describe the music that follows certain classical music practices but is produced and distributed through independent record labels.


“The Evolution of Style in Manuel M. Ponce’s Intermezzi.” Unpublished, 2019. Invited to present at 2019 American Musicological Society – New York State/St. Lawrence Chapter (NYSSL) conference. Kingston, ON.

“The Online Composer-Audience Collaboration.” Unpublished, 2019. Invited to present at 2019 Carleton Music and Culture Symposium. Ottawa, ON. Also presented at the Research Gala: New Directions in Ethnomusicology and Musicology presented by the York University Music Program.

“The Five Styles of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Music.” Unpublished, 2014. Invited to present during the 6th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Mexican Contemporary Music Piano Recital. Piano solo recital collaborating with the Center for Research and Musical Studies (CIEM) in Mexico City, premiering six woks in 2013. Brandon, MB.

“La Humanidad en la Música – un Acercamiento a la Música de Prokofiev” [Humanity in Music – an Approach to Prokofiev’s Music]. Unpublished, 2012. Lecture Recitals in Aguascalientes, Mexico, funded by the FONCA Bursary for Studies Abroad in 2012.