[KS] A musical query and a notice: NB Keith Howard's inaugural is postponed

Afostercarter at aol.com Afostercarter at aol.com
Tue Apr 15 07:42:43 EDT 2008

Further to Michael Duffy's query and notice, which 
I had forwarded to BAKS and London Korean  Links, 
I've just heard from Keith Howard. (Apparently SOAS's 
server and this List don't get along, which seems a pity.)
Anyway, Keith's inaugural lecture on April 21 is  cancelled.
As for shaman music, he advises as follows:
Shaman music recordings:

• Check out my 'Korean Music: A Listening  Guide' for recordings issued by 
Samsung/Nices (some now reissued under a couple  of boutique labels; some of the 
old ones are still available), and Seoul Records  (all still available). To 
find the book, start from: _http://www.ncktpa.go.kr/eng.htm_ 
(http://www.ncktpa.go.kr/eng.htm) , and go to publications. 
• The National Center for Korean Traditional  Performing Arts produced a 
large number of CDs of shaman rituals between 1998  and 2004. They were 
distributed to libraries and archives around the world, and  should have been catalogued 
by now.
• The best CD shop for those of you in Seoul  is on the ground floor of the 
museum building of the National Center for Korean  Traditional Performing Arts. 
Aidan FC (go-between)
pp Keith Howard

AIDAN  FOSTER-CARTER             _afostercarter at aol.com_ 
(mailto:afostercarter at aol.com)              _www.aidanfc.net_ (http://www.aidanfc.net/)  
Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology  & Modern Korea, Leeds 




In a message dated 15/04/2008 11:32:51 GMT Standard Time, 
_mgduffy45 at hotmail.com_ (mailto:mgduffy45 at hotmail.com)  writes:

First, the query: can anyone tell me where I might find (in  Korea) field 
recordings of shamanist music?

And the notice:  members in the UK may be interested in attending this 
lecture by Prof.  Keith Howard.

Live Music Versus  Audio Tourism: Sustaining the Identity of World Musics 
Against Cultural  Homogeneity 

Professor Keith Howard 
Date: 21 April 2008Time:  5:30 PM 

Finishes: 21 April 2008Time: 7:00 PM 

Venue: Brunei  Gallery Room: Lecture Theatre 

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture  

Series: SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series 

Chair: Professor  Jonathan Stock, University of Sheffield 

Professor Paul Webley,  Director and Principal of SOAS, will preside. 

In his inaugural  lecture Professor Keith Howard will discuss the 
implications of the oral  qualities of musical communication 

The academic discipline of  ethnomusicology gives central importance to 
fieldwork, to documentation  and – increasingly – to learning from expert teachers 
how to perform.  Ethnomusicologists promote, through rarely profitable 
recordings, books  and concerts, their take on the social and cultural 
distinctiveness of  specific world musics. Joining them, UNESCO, in its Intangible Cultural 
 Convention and ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of  Mankind’
, and along with member states from Korea to Japan and Yakutia to  
Uzbekistan, now seeks both to preserve ‘traditional’ musics and to promote  them. Music 
is now marketed along with World Heritage Sites for domestic  and 
international tourism. Music has become an icon of identity.  

In contrast, the established music industry, entangled with  issues of 
politics and control, promotes World Music. Critics argue that  World Music promotes 
a new aesthetic form of the global imagination by  packaging products in a 
homogeneous, flashy, but shallow way in order to  generate profits. Audiences 
listen, in their own homes, in concert halls  or at festivals, posing as audio 
tourists who no longer need to travel.  

Worldwide, musicians make choices as they move between local  and global 
systems, as they travel the world to perform, reinforcing  soundworlds from the 
local or capitulating to the global. What, then, are  the potential futures for 
World Music and the academic discipline of  ethnomusicology? 

The event will be followed by a reception.  

Organiser: SOAS 

Contact email: _mo2 at soas.ac.uk_ (mailto:mo2 at soas.ac.uk)  

Contact  Tel: 0207 898 4075 

Organised by: Department of  Music

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Keith Howard
Professor of Music, SOAS
Director, Research Centre for Music & Dance Performance
Tel: 02078984687 (O); 07815812144


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