Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Music Composition

Degree Program

Music with a concentration in Electronic Music Composition, MM

Committee Chair

Ritz, John

Committee Member

Carithers, Kirsten

Committee Member

Lamkin, William

Author's Keywords

Electronic; triggering; composition; Beirut; ableton live; max for live


Life Beyond the Port of Beirut is a project of two parts: an album of 8 instrumental tracks and a drum triggering system. The title is in dedication to my country, Lebanon, and specifically to its main historical seaport in the capital, Beirut. This port is the historical starting point of the Lebanese diaspora who have spread their culture across the globe and contributed to the world culture. The drum triggering system is a “do-it-yourself” system that enables drummers to trigger samples and virtual instruments through acoustic drum set and percussion. It was designed in Max for Live and Ableton Suite 11. The album shares my life experiences “beyond the port of Beirut” as a student in the U.S. Six of the tracks are composed for drum set, bass, keys, guitar, and saxophone, with violin on one track. One track is fully computer-generated as MIDI; the last is ‘Musique Concrète’.