BFE Student Podcasts

The BFE Student Podcast format is an inclusive platform that allows for a variety of ethnomusicological topics to be explored by undergraduate andor postgraduate students who wish to publish a podcast. Whether this is on a specific musical culture, an instrument, a musician or any other aspect related to music and music-making in society, we encourage you to send us your podcast script.

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Our first student podcast is from Swiss-based sociologist and musicologist José Kress, entitled 'The construction of Thai national identity and how this process is reflected in Thailand’s music':

José Kress is a sociologist and musicologist from Switzerland. After having completed his a Bachelor degree in Sociology in Valencia, Spain, and a Masters degree in Sociology at the University of Bern, he is now completing a second Masters in World Arts and Music at the University of Bern, with a special focus on Cultural Anthropology of Music.

Currently he is employed as a student tutor in the Department of Musicology in Bern and in his leisure time, he produces a German language podcast series called "Du bist, was du hörst“ (you are what you hear). In each episode, he examines a particular music style or instrument, ranging from traditional music or pop to underground beats through a musicological and sociological lens.

Du bist, was du hörst


Our second student podcast comes from Swiss ethnomusicologist and musician Patrick Straub, and is entitled 'The Recontextualization of the Anglo-Irish Ballad "The Unfortunate Rake"':

Patrick Staub is a Swiss ethnomusicologist and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on various forms of bagpipes, for example, the Spanish Gaita Gallega or the German Schäferpfeife. Patrick studied musicology, modern history, and Scandinavian culture at the University of Zurich and is currently doing his Masters in World Arts and Music at the University of Bern. His studies focus on Irish and Scandinavian music, as well as Eastern Asian culture. In his free time, he likes to build instruments and to train at the Taiko Zürich school for Japanese drums.