Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Timothy Rice

Ethnomusicologists think that each one people, not only these we name musicians, are musical, and that musicality is among the crucial touchstones of the human adventure. This perception increases mammoth questions on the character of song and the character of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to correctly tackle those questions, we needs to examine track in all its geographical and old diversity.

In this Very brief Introduction, one of many optimum ethnomusicologists, Timothy Rice, deals a compact and illuminating account of this becoming self-discipline, displaying how sleek researchers move approximately learning tune from worldwide, trying to find insights into either song and humanity. The reader discovers that ethnomusicologists at the present time not just research conventional different types of music-such as eastern gagaku, Bulgarian people track, Javanese gamelan, or local American drumming and singing-but additionally discover extra modern musical varieties, from rap and reggae to Tex-Mex, Serbian turbofolk, or even the piped-in track on the Mall of the US. to enquire those assorted musical kinds, Rice exhibits, ethnomusicologists more often than not dwell in a neighborhood, perform and discover and checklist musical occasions, interview the musicians, their consumers, and the viewers, and learn how to sing, play, and dance. you need to identify rapport with musicians and neighborhood individuals, and procure the permission of these they are going to paintings with heavily over the process many months and years. We see how the researcher analyzes the knowledge to appreciate how a specific musical culture works, what's special approximately it, and the way it bears the private, social, and cultural meanings attributed to it. Rice additionally discusses how researchers could follow theories from anthropology and different social sciences, to shed additional gentle at the nature of track as a human habit and cultural perform.

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