Music of the World Question 6

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Ginley 1 Phil Ginley 2/16/08 MUS 333: Music Of The World Thomas Bingham Chapter 3: 6. Why is history important to the study of world music? In a musical society where everything appears to be dominated by familiar sounds of the western world, other cultures have willingly embraced their own unique music in their own societies. However, a majority of this music seems too unorthodox and too unconventional to those who abide by the mainstream Western principles of music, at times this music is even considered primitive and uncivilized and frankly panned for its contrast to popular Western sounds. In order to fully understand and welcome this kind of music is to comprehend the history of different cultures. The significance of history through music is revealed through the deep origins and heritages of the instruments, dances and overall sounds of traditional music across the world, from Australian tribal sounds to Indian groups blending old and new to the spiritually powerful dances of the I- Kiribati in Micronesia. Many of the traditional instruments used in foreign countries can have other important purposes other than to play music. An aerophone of the indigenous Australian people, the didgeridoo, is a perfect example of such an instrument. The didgeridoo is almost like an ancient trumpet made out of hollowed wood and originated from the
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Ginley 2 Aborigine Tribe in North Queensland. At first it was an instrument exclusively used by North Australian tribes but the didgeridoo eventually spread to other groups across the country. There are many stories about how exactly the instrument was created, this is one of the countless interpretations: The women in the tribe were out collecting wood for the fire. They piled the gathered logs. One of the logs in the pile was hollow - but at this time the women were not aware of this. A strong wind began to blow during the day and a strange sound was heard which disturbed the women and made them anxious. After a search the tribal members located the sound to a hollow log in the woodpile. The tribe members thought that if the wind could make a sound like that - just blowing down the wooden tube - why would they not be able to do the same… (Quist) While the didgeridoo has a distinct sound that diverges it from other wind instruments in other cultures, it has many other purposes that help define the lives of the indigenous Australian tribes. Tribe members used the didgeridoo as a weapon as well as a smoking
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUS 333 taught by Professor Bingham during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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