ISSN 2158-5296
Volume 4, No. 1 (2015)
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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