Music and Media since the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Ethnomusicology 208

Usual Description

An exploration of the impact of media on musical practices, production, and soundscapes around the world. We will discuss the ways media ranging from phonograph recordings to cassettes, VCDs, ring tones and the latest digital technologies aid in the dessemination of musical styles, and alter (or are manipulated to futher enhance) pre-existent aesthetic frames (for example, distortion aiding the Indonesian aesthetic of ramai). Organized around a series of musical case studies and social theories, the course will take into account topics including early writings concerned with questions of authenticity; theories of globalization (and counter theories); appropriation and the politics of sampling in World Beat (e.g. appropriation of South African mbube in Paul Simon’s Graceland or Peruvian charango in Christine Milan’s music); and media in sacred contexts (e.g. amplification redefining the boundaries of religious communities in India and Singapore or just how a canned sardine spirit takes the mic in the Malaysian rain forest).

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
Ethnomusicology 208 Taught by Jennifer Fraser