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Title:
Music of death and new creation : experiences in the world of Balinese gamelan beleganjur
Author:
Bakan, Michael B.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxii, 384 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, music ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780226034874

9780226034881
Format :
Book

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Central Library ML345.I5 B35 1999 TEXT Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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For centuries the gamelan beleganjur percussion orchestra has been an indispensable part of political, social, and spiritual life on the island of Bali. Traditionally associated with warfare and rituals for the dead, the music has recently given rise to an exciting new musical style featured in contests that are attended by thousands. Ethnomusicologist Michael Bakan draws us into these intensely competitive events, in which political corruption, conflicting notions of identity, and irrepressible creativity rupture the smooth surface of cultural order.

Building from his own experiences as a beleganjur drummer, Bakan also takes us inside a distant musical world and into the lives of musicians connecting across vast cultural divides. Rich with musical examples, photographs, and an accompanying compact disc, Music of Death and New Creation is an unprecedented exploration of how music embodies and shapes life in contemporary Indonesia and beyond.


Summary

For centuries the gamelan beleganjur percussion orchestra has been an indispensable part of political, social, and spiritual life on the island of Bali. Traditionally associated with warfare and rituals for the dead, the music has recently given rise to an exciting new musical style featured in contests that are attended by thousands. Ethnomusicologist Michael Bakan draws us into these intensely competitive events, in which political corruption, conflicting notions of identity, and irrepressible creativity rupture the smooth surface of cultural order.

Building from his own experiences as a beleganjur drummer, Bakan also takes us inside a distant musical world and into the lives of musicians connecting across vast cultural divides. Rich with musical examples, photographs, and an accompanying compact disc, Music of Death and New Creation is an unprecedented exploration of how music embodies and shapes life in contemporary Indonesia and beyond.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Bakan (Florida State Univ.) takes the reader with him to Bali to learn about gamelan beleganjur, a processional gong ensemble that is vital to village ritual and entertainment. Bakan includes beautifully clear transcriptions, analyses, carefully selected recordings (on the accompanying CD), and vivid descriptions of performances. Remarkably, one can read the book without even caring about these details and still enjoy the content immensely. Traveling as an invisible sidekick, one experiences a body-surfing accident, a motorcycle ride with a new girlfriend, a euphoric first try at drumming, jostling festival crowds, demanding music lessons, and long interviews with teachers. Through all, Bakan applies his considerable observational powers to enable the reader to relate closely to not only the music, but also the changing aesthetics of the style of the music, the subtleties of interpersonal relationships among performers, and the impact of new social settings, such as the introduction of women's ensembles. Bakan is continuing a recent trend in ethnomusicology of valuing particular observations and experiences over dispassionate generalizations. In this, he is far more successful than Edward Herbst (Voices in Bali, CH, Jul'98), and equally as successful as Michelle Kisliuk (Seize the Dance!, CH, Oct'99). All ethnomusicology collections. R. Knight; Oberlin College


Choice Review

Bakan (Florida State Univ.) takes the reader with him to Bali to learn about gamelan beleganjur, a processional gong ensemble that is vital to village ritual and entertainment. Bakan includes beautifully clear transcriptions, analyses, carefully selected recordings (on the accompanying CD), and vivid descriptions of performances. Remarkably, one can read the book without even caring about these details and still enjoy the content immensely. Traveling as an invisible sidekick, one experiences a body-surfing accident, a motorcycle ride with a new girlfriend, a euphoric first try at drumming, jostling festival crowds, demanding music lessons, and long interviews with teachers. Through all, Bakan applies his considerable observational powers to enable the reader to relate closely to not only the music, but also the changing aesthetics of the style of the music, the subtleties of interpersonal relationships among performers, and the impact of new social settings, such as the introduction of women's ensembles. Bakan is continuing a recent trend in ethnomusicology of valuing particular observations and experiences over dispassionate generalizations. In this, he is far more successful than Edward Herbst (Voices in Bali, CH, Jul'98), and equally as successful as Michelle Kisliuk (Seize the Dance!, CH, Oct'99). All ethnomusicology collections. R. Knight; Oberlin College


Table of Contents

List of Plates, Figures, and Musical Examples Musical Excerpts on the Compact Disc
Acknowledgments
Note
Part 1 Awit-AwitIntroduction
Part 2 Kawitan
1 The Gamelan Beleganjur in Traditional Balinese Musical Life
2 Lomba Beleganjur: The Modern Competitive Context
3 Kreasi Beleganjur: The Contest Musical Style
4 Two Musicians: I Ketut Sukarata, I Ketut Gedeacute
Asnawa
Part 3 Pengawak
5 The High Stakes of Competition
6 Agendas of Gender
Part 4 PengecetIntroduction to the Pengecet
7 Learning to Play: Balinese Experiences
8 Learning to Play: An Ethnomusicologist's Experiences
9 Playing to Learn: Toward New Understandings
Notes
Glossary
Selected Beleganjur Discography (Annotated)
Bibliography
Index
List of Plates, Figures, and Musical Examples Musical Excerpts on the Compact Disc
Acknowledgments
Note
Part 1 Awit-AwitIntroduction
Part 2 Kawitan
1 The Gamelan Beleganjur in Traditional Balinese Musical Life
2 Lomba Beleganjur: The Modern Competitive Context
3 Kreasi Beleganjur: The Contest Musical Style
4 Two Musicians: I Ketut Sukarata, I Ketut Gedeacute
Asnawa
Part 3 Pengawak
5 The High Stakes of Competition
6 Agendas of Gender
Part 4 PengecetIntroduction to the Pengecet
7 Learning to Play: Balinese Experiences
8 Learning to Play: An Ethnomusicologist's Experiences
9 Playing to Learn: Toward New Understandings
Notes
Glossary
Selected Beleganjur Discography (Annotated)
Bibliography
Index

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