“HD•BPM” is a community public art experience where every drum stroke paints a pixel of a projected image facilitating music-playing for all ages and highlighting the work and text of local visual artists and writers.  

 Concept sketch.

Concept sketch.


Working with a team of trained musicians and community members, Edwards will encourage participants to pick up a drumstick and start making music on the irresistible set of lighted drum pads. Pads will be programmed with samples of drum, bass, keyboard and other contemporary sounds. With each stroke hit, a corresponding color will reveal itself, pixel by pixel, on a projected image until the artwork is finally revealed. This process will be repeated throughout the evening encouraging people to stay, play, and connect.

“HD•BPM,” imagined for Mattapan as a collaboration with Mattapan Boys and Girls Club, will employ a local curator and provide stipends for participating artists and writers.

Ryan Edwards


Ryan is a Boston-based inter-disciplinary artist with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He composes extensively for contemporary dance and produces multi-media performance works and installations through the studio he co-directs - Masary Studios. He holds a degree in performance from Berklee College of Music, apprenticed extensively in traditional music, dance and instrument-building in Guinea, West Africa and works regularly with prominent public and performing artists throughout New England. Ryan is most proud to be the father of two beautiful children, Jafiah and Maya.

Learn more about Ryan and Masary Studios.