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Title Are'are music / written and directed by Hugo Zemp ; produced by Hugo Zemp, Edwin Waiwaimae, Jean-Christian Nicaise, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Published Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1979
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (176 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary Part 1: A fascinating documentation of the traditional musical culture of the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, in the South-Western Pacific. The three LP records published after a first one-year field-research in 1969-70 were a phenomenal surprise (Garfias) as they revealed a completely unknown music (outside of the Solomon Islands) of an exceptional beauty and complexity in its instrumental and vocal polyphonies. It seemed to the researcher an absolute necessity to document visually what had been published on sound recordings, showing in detail all the playing techniques, body movements of performers, and spatial coordination of music ensembles and dancers. The documentary consists of a comprehensive inventory of all the twenty musical genres of the 'Are'are people and is structured according to native classification, along with explanations by master musician 'Irisipau
Parts 2 & 3: For the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, the most valued music is that of the four types of panpipe ensembles. With the exception of slit drums, all musical instruments are made of bamboo; therefore the general word for instruments and the music performed with them is bamboo ('au). This film shows the making of panpipes, from the cutting the bamboo in the forest to the making of the final bindings. The most important part of the work consists in shaping each tube to its necessary length. Most 'Are'are panpipe makers measure the length of old instruments before they shape new tubes. Master musician 'Irisipau, surprisingly, takes the measure using his body, and adjusts the final tuning by ear. For the first time we can see here how the instruments and their artificial equiheptatonic scale-seven equidistant degrees in an octave-are practically tuned
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in 1979 in Solomon Islands
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in French with English subtitles
Subject Areare (Solomon Islands people) -- Songs and music.
Panpipes -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Panpipes -- Construction -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Musical instruments -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Musical instruments -- Construction -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Folk songs, Areare -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Panpipes ensembles.
Music -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita Province.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Zemp, Hugo, author of screenplay, director, producer
Nicaise, Jean-Christian, producer
Waiwaimae, Edwin, producer
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), producer
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France), producer