ISSN 2158-5296
Volume 5, No. 1 (2016)
Review of Michael Church, ed., The Other Classical Musics: Fifteen Great Traditions (Boydell & Brewer, 2015)
Mark Hijleh (King's College)
This review essay highlights the innovative and useful contributions of The Other Classical Musics to newly re-emerging streams of analysis within "comparative musicology," while also raising questions about the role of cross-cultural fusion in the evolution of classical musics, their histories and geographies. ... more >>
The Byar: an Ethnographic and Empirical Study of a Balinese Musical Moment
Andy McGraw (University of Richmond) and Christine Kohnen (Carleton College)
The Balinese gong kebyar repertoire is marked by virtuosic, unmetered tutti passages, referred to as kebyar, which often begin with a byar, a sudden, tutti chord performed by the majority of the ensemble of 20-30 musicians. more >>
The Myth of Equidistance in Thai Tuning
John Garzoli (Monash University and Chulalongkorn University)
It is a long-standing and widely accepted theory that Thai classical music (phleng Thai doem) is based on a tempered tuning system that divides the octave into seven proportionally equal intervals of 171.429 cents, sometimes called “7-tet.” more >>
Quantifying Musical Meter: How Similar are African and Western Rhythm?
Godfried Toussaint (New York University Abu Dhabi)
For a given family, corpus, style, or genre of musical rhythms, the pulse saliency histogram counts the relative frequency with which an onset occurs in each pulse position of the rhythm timespan (cycle, measure). more >>
Global Musical Possibilities: An Interview with Composer-Theorist Robert Cogan
Lawrence Shuster (The College of St. Rose)
In this interview Lawrence Shuster asks Robert Cogan questions about his experiences with musics beyond the Western art mainstream, including his educational background, pedagogical practices, and scholarly pursuits. more >>
A Short Cross-Analysis of Brazilian Capoeira and Thai Sarama Music and Shared Ritual Practices
Duncan Williams (ICCMR, Plymouth University, UK)
This paper examines the somewhat surprising common ground that exists in the music and musical rituals found within the cultures of two geographically and stylistically disparate martial arts: Thai boxing (Muay Thai), and Brazilian capoeira. Though there are differences in instrumentation, meter, and mode, both capoeira and Muay Thai utilize music as part of formalized rituals before and during physical competition as part of their ‘martial’ practices... more >>


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