3-Africa and Ethnomusicology

3-Africa and Ethnomusicology - THE MUSIC OF AFRICA AND THE...

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T HE M USIC OF A FRICA AND THE D IASPORA Music 13AF: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:20pm Instructor: Jeff Kaiser (jkaiser@ucsd.edu) Teaching Assistants: Nicholas Deyoe (ndeyoe@ucsd.edu) Todd Moellenberg (tmoellen@ucsd.edu)
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Pop Quiz 1-17 1.What is rhythm? 2.What are two different types of textures? [Harmony.] 3.What are two of the several classifications of instruments? 4.For an ethnomusicologist, what is music?
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Africa and Ethnomusicology
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What is Ethnomusicology? What did you think it meant before this class? Ethnos , Greek for nation Differentiate from musicology Meaning of the term embattled among practitioners in the past Music [in/as/of/and] Culture? Ethnomusicologists do have a preoccupation with their own identity. ..
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What is Ethnomusicology? 1. Some past ideas, by the material contemplated EM is the study of: “Folk” music “Primitive,” “Ancient” Tribal, indigenous “Ethnic” music Non-Western (!) Music in oral tradition cultures All music outside of the investigators own culture “World music” Particular locality Music that a particular group regards as its particular property All human music
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What is Ethnomusicology? 2. Some past ideas, by the methodology/activity EM is the: Comparative study of musical systems and cultures (musicology) Comprehensive analyses of a single society’s music and musical activity (anthropology) Study of musics as systems (linguistics, semiotics) Anthropology of music: music in or as culture, methodologies from anthropology (Merriam) Historical/folklorical study
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What is Ethnomusicology? 3. Some past ideas by goals Search for universals Description of “all factors which generate the pattern of sound produced by a single composer or society” (Blacking) A “science of music history” establishing laws of development and change 4. Other opinions : EM is: A branch of musicology Its own discipline A branch of anthropology Interdisciplinary field All encompassing, what musicology should be
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What is Ethnomusicology? What do we know about these “Ethnomusicologists”. ..? Hallmarks? (An anthropology of ethnomusicologists. ..) 1. Interested in music activity as a component of culture 2. Interested in the analysis/examination of musical artifacts Number 1 is anthropological Number 2 is musicological Ethnomusicologists do both 3. Centrality of field work No armchair EMs (anymore) 4. Maintaining intercultural perspective Not comparing “what is better”
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