Austronesian Soundscapes

Performing Arts in Oceania and Southeast Asia

Edited by Birgit Abels

Austronesian Soundscapes

Edited by Birgit Abels

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

336 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $74.95 ISBN: 9789089640857 Published April 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

In Austronesia—the region that stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east—music plays a vital role in both the construction and expression of social and cultural identities. Yet research into the music of Austronesia has hitherto been sparse. Drawing together contemporary cultural studies and musical analysis, Austronesian Soundscapes will fill this research gap, offering a comprehensive analysis of traditional and contemporary Austronesian music and, at the same time, investigating how music reflects the challenges that Austronesian cultures face in this age of globalization.


List of Tables and Illustrations
List of Audio-visual Resources
       Birgit Abels

Southeast Asia
1. Creating Places through the Soundscape: A Kalinga Peace Pact Celebration
       Glenn Stallsmith
2. Sundanese Dance as Practice or Spectacle: It’s All Happening at the Zoo
       Henry Spiller
3. Malay-Islamic Zapin: Dance and Soundscapes from the Straits of Malacca
       Mohd Anis Md Nor
4. The Contemporary Musical Culture of the Chinese in Sabah, Malaysia
       David T. W. Wong
5. To Sing the Rice in Tanjung Bunga (Eastern Flores), Indonesia
       Dana Rappoport
6. Tromba Children, Maresaka, and Postcolonial Malady in Madagascar
       Ron Emoff
7. Fractals in Melanesian Music
       Raymond Ammann
8. ‘Singing Spirits and The Dancing Dead’: Sonic Geography, Music and Ritual Performance in a Melanesian Community
       Paul Wolffram
9. Breaking the Tikol? Code-switching, Cassette Culture and a Lihirian Song Form
       Kirsty Gillespie
10. Fijian Sigidrigi and the Performance of Social Hierarchies
       Jennifer Cattermole
11. Tau’a’alo: Paddling Songs as Cultural Metaphor
       Adrienne L. Kaeppler
12. Disconnected Connections: Puerto Rican Diasporic Musical Identity in Hawai’i
       Ted Solís
13. Performing Austronesia in the Twenty-first Century: A Rapa Nui Perspective on Shared Culture and Contact
       Dan Bendrups
14. ‘To Sing is to be Happy’: The Dynamics of Contemporary Maori Musical Practices
       Toon van Meijl
15. Australian Indigenous Choices of Repertoire in Community CDs/DVDs: Recording and Reclaiming Torres Strait Islander Sacred and Secular Music
       Karl Neuenfeldt


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