Austronesian Soundscapes: Performing Arts in Oceania and Southeast Asia

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Birgit Abels
Amsterdam University Press, 2011 - Music - 336 pages

In Austronesia—the region that stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east—music plays a vital role in both the construction and expression of social and cultural identities. Yet research into the music of Austronesia has hitherto been sparse. Drawing together contemporary cultural studies and musical analysis, Austronesian Soundscapes will fill this research gap, offering a comprehensive analysis of traditional and contemporary Austronesian music and, at the same time, investigating how music reflects the challenges that Austronesian cultures face in this age of globalization.


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I came from Sumadel tribe and as I was reading the part regarding the sapul of tadok, I so disagree. You might want to visit Kalinga during the Kalinga day so that you will listen to the different sound of gongs and how each tribe or municipality beat their gongs.

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Birgit Abels is a cultural musicologist at the University of Amsterdam and at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Amsterdam.

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