Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia (Paperback)

Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia By Keith Howard (Editor), Catherine Ingram (Editor) Cover Image
By Keith Howard (Editor), Catherine Ingram (Editor)
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Presence Through Sound narrates and analyses, through a range of case studies on selected musics of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet, some of the many ways in which music and 'place' intersect and are interwoven with meaning in East Asia. It explores how place is significant to the many contexts in which music is made and experienced, especially in contemporary forms of longstanding traditions but also in other landscapes such as popular music and in the design of performance spaces. It shows how music creates and challenges borders, giving significance to geographical and cartographic spaces at local, national, and international levels, and illustrates how music is used to interpret relationships with ecology and environment, spirituality and community, and state and nation.

The volume brings together scholars from Australia, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the UK, each of whom explores a specific genre or topic in depth. Each nuanced account finds distinct and at times different aspects to be significant but, in demonstrating the ability of music to mediate the construction of place and by showing how those who create and consume music use it to inhabit the intimate, and to project themselves out into their surroundings, each points to interconnections across the region and beyond with respect to perception, conception, expression, and interpretation.

In Presence Through Sound, ethnomusicology meets anthropology, literature, linguistics, area studies, and - particularly pertinent to East Asia in the twenty-first century - local musicologies. The volume serves a broad academic readership and provides an essential resource for all those interested in East Asia.

About the Author

Keith Howard is Professor Emeritus and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at SOAS, University of London. He has written or edited 22 books, 170 academic articles, and 195 book/music reviews, and founded and managed the SOASIS CD and DVD series as well as OpenAir Radio.Catherine Ingram is Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Her forthcoming monograph is on Kam big song, and she recently commenced an ARC Discovery Project on musical resilience.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367523664
ISBN-10: 0367523663
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 29th, 2022
Pages: 258
Language: English