From Indian ritual music to bawdy English pub songs to Ugandan court music to Nigerian Highlife, the British Library’s collections of world and traditional music are emerging from the shelves of the Sound Archive and appearing on the Archival Sound Recordings website. What’s new:
ICTM: Durban, South Africa, 1st-8th July 2009. Having optimistically packed various pairs of shorts and loud short-sleeved shirts, I was amazed to find myself reaching for the long johns on my first night at the ICTM conference!
The year 2008-9 marked some notable achievements for members and associates of the Music Department at SOAS. For example, in the Research Assessment Exercise, 80% of Music’s submission was graded 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world-leading quality): the highest result across the school.
Muriel was awarded her PhD in July 2009, from University of Surrey, Roehampton University, London. Her supervisors were Dr Barley Norton and Prof Andree Grau and her external examiners Prof Gregory Barz and Dr Fiona Magowan.
Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg has just returned from a field trip to Australia in September 2009, to the Lutheran Australian Indigenous community of Hopevale where she repatriated two archival recordings as part of a project supported by the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (
Roseman, Marina. 2008. A four-fold framework for cross-cultural, integrative research on music and medicine. In Benjamin Koen, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 18-45.
Frederick Moehn is delighted to join the faculty of the Institute for Ethnomusicology - Music and Dance at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, under the direction of Salwa Castelo-Branco, as a Research Associate in the Ciência 2008 program.
Angolan-Portuguese instrument designer and musician Victor Gama just sent me the URL of the new, beautifully constructed website that's part of a really worthwhile 12-year project, of which he is the director, to record and video traditional musicians in rural Angola and encourage them and their