ISSN 2158-5296
Volume 4, No. 2 (2015)
The Myth of Equidistance in Thai Tuning
John Garzoli (Monash University and Chulalongkorn University)
It is a long-standing and widely accepted theory that Thai classical music (phleng Thai doem) is based on a tempered tuning system that divides the octave into seven proportionally equal intervals of 171.429 cents, sometimes called “7-tet.” more >>
Quantifying Musical Meter: How Similar are African and Western Rhythm?
Godfried Toussaint (New York University Abu Dhabi)
For a given family, corpus, style, or genre of musical rhythms, the pulse saliency histogram counts the relative frequency with which an onset occurs in each pulse position of the rhythm timespan (cycle, measure). more >>
Global Musical Possibilities: An Interview with Composer-Theorist Robert Cogan
Lawrence Shuster (The College of St. Rose)
In this interview Lawrence Shuster asks Robert Cogan questions about his experiences with musics beyond the Western art mainstream, including his educational background, pedagogical practices, and scholarly pursuits. more >>
A Short Cross-Analysis of Brazilian Capoeira and Thai Sarama Music and Shared Ritual Practices
Duncan Williams (ICCMR, Plymouth University, UK)
This paper examines the somewhat surprising common ground that exists in the music and musical rituals found within the cultures of two geographically and stylistically disparate martial arts: Thai boxing (Muay Thai), and Brazilian capoeira. Though there are differences in instrumentation, meter, and mode, both capoeira and Muay Thai utilize music as part of formalized rituals before and during physical competition as part of their ‘martial’ practices... more >>
Impossible Melodies:
Octave Cycles and Illusory Pitch Shifts in a North Chinese Wind Repertoire
Beth Szczepanski (Lewis and Clark College)
Buddhist monks at Wutaishan in Shanxi Province, China perform melodies on shengguan wind instruments that seem to move to lower and lower pitches while actually remaining in the same narrow range. Pitch paradoxes such as octave cycling have been documented in music of Africa and Europe, but this is the first such example from East Asia to receive scholarly attention... more >>
Meaningful Adjustments:
Musical Performance and Ritual Action in a South Indian Temple
William Tallotte (University of London)
In this article, I analyze music and context as two interconnected parts. I examine musical performance and ritual action in a South Indian temple, focusing on the spatial, temporal and structural relationship between the music of an outdoor ensemble of shawm and drum players, the periya mēḷam, and the activities carried out by priests during the last daily worship performed in the Śaiva temple complex of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu... more >>


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