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Author Lewis, Tony, 1955- author

Title Becoming a garamut player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea : musical analysis as a pathway to learning / Tony Lewis
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series SOAS musicology series
SOAS musicology series.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; List of tables; List of maps; List of examples; List of video material; 1 Baluan chooses a researcher; 2 The garamut in Baluan; 3 The Baluan garamut in performance; 4 Musical analysis of Baluan garamut; 5 The Baluan garamut in diaspora; 6 Becoming a garamut player; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Summary "The garamut is a log idiophone that is found in many of the coastal and island areas of Papua New Guinea. The instruments primary use is as a speech surrogate and in some regions the garamut is also used in large ensembles to play complex music for dancing. In Baluan Island, within the Manus Province, this style of garamut playing is comparatively highly developed. This book follows the authors processes and methods in learning to play the music of the garamut, to the level at which he became accepted as a garamut player by the people of Baluan. Lewis argues that analysis is essential in learning to play the rapid tempi and complex rhythms of Baluan garamut music, in a cultural context where there is no formal teaching process for the music. The transcription and analysis of the Baluan garamut repertoire is the centrepiece of this study, reflecting the cognitive structures of the learning process, and revealing the inner workings of the musics complexity as well as a striking beauty of form and structure. The book concludes with reflections on the process of a cultural outsider becoming a garamut player in Baluan and on the role of musical analysis in that process, on the ethnomusicologists role in transmission of the music, and on the nature of continuity and change in a musical society such as Baluan."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 21, 2018)
Subject Garamut -- Papua New Guinea -- Baluan Island.
Music -- Papua New Guinea -- Baluan Island -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018005388
ISBN 1138222917
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