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SOAS Studies in Music


About the Series

SOAS Studies in Music is today one of the world’s leading series in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Our core mission is to produce high-quality, ethnographically rich studies of music-making in the world’s diverse musical cultures. We publish monographs and edited volumes that explore musical repertories and performance practice, critical issues in ethnomusicology, sound studies, historical and analytical approaches to music across the globe. We recognize the value of applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and our authors draw on current approaches in musicology and anthropology, psychology, media and gender studies. We welcome monographs that investigate global contemporary, classical and popular musics, the effects of digital mediation and transnational flows.

 

Editorial Board

Professor Kwasi Ampene

University of Michigan, USA

Professor Linda Barwick

University of Sydney, AU

Dr. Angela Impey

SOAS University of London, UK

Professor Travis A. Jackson

University of Chicago, USA

Professor Noriko Manabe

Temple University, USA

Dr. Moshe Morad

Tel Aviv University, IL

Professor Suzel Reily

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BR

Professor Henry Spiller

University California - Davis, USA

Professor Martin Stokes

Kings College London, UK

Professor Richard Widdess

SOAS University of London, UK

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Music as Heritage Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

Music as Heritage: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Barley Norton, Naomi Matsumoto
July 19, 2018

As economic, technological and cultural change gathers pace across the world, issues of music heritage and sustainability have become ever more pressing. Discourse on intangible cultural heritage has developed in complex ways in recent years, and musical practices have been transformed by ...

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

Becoming a Garamut Player in Baluan, Papua New Guinea: Musical Analysis as a Pathway to Learning

1st Edition

By Tony Lewis
April 18, 2018

The garamut is a log idiophone that is found in many of the coastal and island areas of Papua New Guinea. The instrument’s primary use is as a speech surrogate and in some regions the garamut is also used in large ensembles to play complex music for dancing. In Baluan Island, within the Manus ...

Studies on a Global History of Music A Balzan Musicology Project

Studies on a Global History of Music: A Balzan Musicology Project

1st Edition

Edited By Reinhard Strohm
March 13, 2018

The idea of a global history of music may be traced back to the Enlightenment, and today, the question of a conceptual framework for a history of music that pays due attention to global relationships in music is often raised. But how might a historical interpretation of those relationships proceed?...

Iranian Classical Music The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity

1st Edition

By Laudan Nooshin
February 12, 2018

Questions of creativity, and particularly the processes which underlie creative performance or ’improvisation’, form some of the central areas of interest in current musicology. Yet the predominant discourses on which musicological thought in this area are based have rarely been challenged. In this...

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

1st Edition

By Frances Wilkins
January 31, 2018

Following three years of ethnomusicological fieldwork on the sacred singing traditions of evangelical Christians in North-East Scotland and Northern Isles coastal communities, Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in this book by placing them historically and ...

Turkic Soundscapes From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip-Hop

1st Edition

Edited By Razia Sultanova, Megan Rancier
January 31, 2018

The Turkic soundscape is both geographically huge and culturally diverse (twenty-eight countries, republics and districts extending from Eastern Europe through the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia). Although the Turkic peoples of the world can trace their linguistic and genetic ancestries to ...

Professional Music-Making in London Ethnography and Experience

Professional Music-Making in London: Ethnography and Experience

1st Edition

By Stephen Cottrell
November 28, 2017

Professional Music-Making in London is an engaging yet innovative study which examines the lives and work of Western art musicians from an ethnographic perspective. Drawing in part on his own professional experience, Stephen Cottrell considers to what extent musicians in Western society conform to ...

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright

1st Edition

Edited By Rachel Harris, Martin Stokes
November 22, 2017

This volume of original essays is dedicated to Owen Wright in recognition of his formative contribution to the study of music in the Islamic Middle East. Wright’s work, which comprises, at the time of writing, six field-defining volumes and countless articles, has reconfigured the relationship ...

Professional Music-Making in London Ethnography and Experience

Professional Music-Making in London: Ethnography and Experience

1st Edition

By Stephen Cottrell
November 28, 2004

Professional Music-Making in London is an engaging yet innovative study which examines the lives and work of Western art musicians from an ethnographic perspective. Drawing in part on his own professional experience, Stephen Cottrell considers to what extent musicians in Western society conform to ...

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective

1st Edition

By Margaret E. Walker
July 13, 2017

Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas...

Greek Rebetiko from a Psychocultural Perspective Same Songs Changing Minds

Greek Rebetiko from a Psychocultural Perspective: Same Songs Changing Minds

1st Edition

By Daniel Koglin
March 11, 2016

Greek Rebetiko from a Psychocultural Perspective: Same Songs Changing Minds examines the ways in which audiences in present-day Greece and Turkey perceive and use the Greek popular song genre rebetiko to cultivate specific cultural habits and identities. In the past, rebetiko has been associated ...

Soundscapes from the Americas Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance

Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics, and Ontology of Performance

1st Edition

By Donna A. Buchanan
June 30, 2017

Dedicated to the late Gerard Béhague (1937-2005), whose pioneering work in Latin American music, popular culture, and performance studies contributed extensively to ethnomusicological discourse in the 1970s-1990s, this anthology offers comparative perspectives on the evolving legacy of performance ...

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