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Musical Spaces
Place, Performance, and Power

ISBN 9789814877855
Published November 30, 2021 by Jenny Stanford Publishing
490 Pages 25 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is growing recognition and understanding of music’s fundamentally spatial natures, with significances of space found both in the immediacy of musical practices and in connection to broader identities and ideas around music. Whereas previous publications have looked at connections between music and space through singular lenses (such as how they are linked to ethnic identities or how musical images of a city are constructed), this book sets out to explore intersections between multiple scales and kinds of musical spaces. It complements the investigation of broader power structures and place-based identities by a detailed focus on the moments of music-making and musical environments, revealing the mutual shaping of these levels. The book overcomes a Eurocentric focus on a typically narrow range of musics (especially European and North American classical and popular forms) with case studies on a diverse set of genres and global contexts, inspiring a range of ethnographic, text-based, historical, and practice-based approaches.

Table of Contents

Part I

(Trans)local Musical Spaces


1. Musical Spaces and Deep Regionalism in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Jonathon Grasse


2. ‘Trapped in Oklahoma’: Bible Belt Affect and DIY Punk

Alican Koc


3. Musical Pathways through Algerian-London

Stephen Wilford


4. Dancing to the Hotline Bling in the Old Bazaars of Tehran

Shabnam Goli


Regionality in Learning and Heritage


5. Performing Local Music: Engaging with Regional Musical Identities through Higher Education and Research

Daithí Kearney


6. Preserving Cultural Identity: Learning Music and Performing Heritage in a Tibetan Refugee School

James Williams


7. Claiming Back the Arctic: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Music as a Voice for the Indigenous Subaltern

Kiara Wickremasinghe


Music and Spatial Imaginaries


8. ‘He Is a Piece of Granite…’: Landscape and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Sweden

Anne Macgregor


9. War, Folklore, and Circumstance: Dimitri Shostakovich’s Greek Songs in Transnational Historical Context

Artemis Ignatidou


10. ‘O Monstrous! O Strange!’: Culture, Nature, and the Places of Music in the Mexican Sotavento

Diego Astorga de Ita


11. Journeys to Plastic Beach: Navigations across the Virtual Ocean to Gorillaz’ Fictional Island

Alex Jeffery


Part II

Music-Making Environments


12. Person-Environment Relationships: Influences beyond Acoustics in Musical Performance

James Edward Armstrong


13. The Social and Spatial Basis of Musical Joy: Folk Orc as Special Refuge and Everyday Ritual

Thomas Graves


14. Echoes of Mongolia’s Sensory Landscape in Shurankhai’s ‘Harmonized’ Urtyn Duu

Sunmin Yoon


Designing Creative Spaces


15. Staging Ariodante: Cultural Cartographies and Dialogical Performance

Benjamin Davis


16. Musicians in Place and Space: The Impact of a Spatialized Model of Improvised Music Performance

David Leahy


17. Space, Engagement, and Immersion: From La Monte Young and Terry Riley to Contemporary Practice

Joanne Mills


Musical Spaces and Power


18. Micronational Spaces: Rethinking Politics in Contemporary Music Festivals

Jelena Gligorijević


19. Construction of  Protest Space through Chanting in the Egyptian Revolution (2011): Musical Dimensions of a Political Subject

Oscar Galeev


20. Bethlem, Music, and Sound as Biopower in Seventeenth-Century London

Joseph Nelson


Epilogue: Towards More Geographic Musicologies

James Williams

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James Williams is an ethnomusicologist and senior lecturer at the University of Derby, UK. His PhD, from the University of Wolverhampton, UK (2016), focused on the collaborative and creative interactions between professional musicians, while his current research concerns behavioural, socio-cultural, and creative processes in wellbeing and education.

Samuel Horlor is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethnomusicology, Yunnan University, China. He specialises in research on street performance, Chinese pop, and music in urban life. Samuel is the author of Chinese Street Music: Complicating Musical Community (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and articles in journals including Ethnomusicology Forum and Asian Music.