Readings for May 29

Goodman, Steve. Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.  Read Introduction through Chapter 2, as well as any other chapters that you find interesting.

Cusick, Suzanne G. 2006. “Music as torture/ Music as weapon”.  TRANS-Transcultural Music Review 10 (article 11). 

Sullivan, Gary. “Vanishing Point: Will the RIAA and MPAA Wipe International Music Off the Globe?” The Brooklyn Rail. March 2012.


Readings for May 24

Required readings:

Tucker, Boima. “Global Genre Accumulation.” Africa Is A Country, November 22, 2011. 

Tucker, Boima. “50/50, non-exclusive.” The Cluster Mag., January, 2012. 

Stats, Eddie. “Okayafrica Exclusive: Diplo and Chief Boima Debate the Politics of Tropical Bass.” okayplayer, March 22, 2012. 

Readings for May 22

Jenkins, Henry. “What Happened Before Youtube?” In Burgess, Jean and Joshua Green, eds. Youtube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, 109-125. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2009. Available on Blackboard.

Zuckerman, Ethan. “From Protest to Collaboration: Paul Simon’s Graceland and Lessons for Xenophiles.” April 2, 2009. 

Varnelis, Kazys. “The Meaning of Network Culture.” Eurozine. January 14, 2010. 

Reynolds, Simon. “Xenomania: Nothing is Foreign in an Internet Age.” MTV Iggy. November 29, 2011.

Required listening:

“Nu-Whirled Music.” June 22, 2011.

Readings for May 17

Meintjes, Louise. “Paul Simon’s Graceland, South Africa, and the Mediation of Musical Meaning.” Ethnomusicology 34:1 (Winter 1990): 37-73.

Feld, Steven. “A Sweet Lullaby for World Music.” Public Culture, 12.1 (2000): 145-171. Available on Blackboard.

Suggested readings:

Garofalo, Reebee. “Whose World, What Beat: The Transnational Music Industry, Identity, and Cultural Imperialism.” The World of Music 35.2 (1993): 16-32. Available on Blackboard.

Pacini Hernandez, Deborah. “Dancing with the Enemy: Cuban Popular Music, Race, Authenticity, and the World Music Landscape.” Latin American Perspectives Issue 100, 25.3 (1998): 110-125

Timothy D. Taylor, “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery: Transnational Music Sampling and Enigma’s ‘Return to Innocence.’” In Music and Technoculture, eds. R. Lysloff and C. Gay, 64-92. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2003.

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Touching Listening: The Aural Imaginary in the World Music Culture Industry.” American Quarterly 63.3 (2011): 711-731.

Readings for May 15

Required readings:

Larkin, Brian. “Indian Films and Nigerian Lovers: Media and the Creation of Parallel Modernities.” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 67.3 (1997): 406-440. Availa

Sen, Biswarup. “The Sounds of Modernity: The Evolution of Bollywood Film Song.” In Global Bollywood : Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Edited by Sangita Gopal, Sujata Moorti. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 85-104. Available on Blackboard.

Suggested readings:

Manuel, Peter. “Popular Music in India: 1901-1986.” Popular Music 7 (1988): 157-176.

Chadha, Tina. “Mix This: Young South Asians’ Love-Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop’s New Indian Beats.” Village Voice. July 1, 2003. 

Readings for May 10

Slobin, Mark. “Micromusics of the West: A Comparative Approach.” Ethnomusicology, 36.1 (1992): 1-87.

Erlmann, Veit. “A Reply to Mark Slobin.” Ethnomusicology, 37.2 (1993): 263-267.

Slobin, Mark. “A Reply to Veit Erlmann.” Ethnomusicology, 37.2 (1993): 267-269.

Stokes, Martin. “Music and the Global Order.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 33 (2004): 47-73.ed

Readings for May 8

Required readings:

Reck, David B. “India/South India.” In Worlds of Music [Fifth Edition], ed. Jeff Todd Titon, et al. Available on Blackboard.

Dhar, Sheila. “Sound and Hindustani Music” and “The Raga: an Inward Journey” (213-223), in Raga’n Josh: Stories from a Musical Life. New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2005. Available on Blackboard.

Rahaim, Matt. “That Ban(e) of Indian Music: Hearing Politics in the Harmonium.” The Journal of Asian Studies. 70.3 (2011): 657-682. Available on Blackboard.

Readings for May 3

Required readings:

Tenzer, Michael. Balinese Music. 11-25. Hong Kong: Periplus Editions, 1998. Available on Blackboard.

Brinner, Benjamin. Music in Central Java: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. 1-24. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Available on Blackboard.

Harnish, David. “Teletubbies in Paradise: Tourism, Indonesianisation and Modernisation in Balinese Music.” Yearbook for Traditional Music, 37 (2005): 103-123.

Readings for May 1

Required readings:

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. “Islam and Music: The Legal and the Spiritual Dimensions.” In Sullivan, Lawrence E. ed. Enchanting Powers: Music in the World Religions. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. 219-236. Available on Blackboard.

Hirschkind, Charles. “Islam, Nationalism, and Audition.” In The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 32-66. Available on Blackboard.

Atia, Tarek. “Pimpin’ a Classic.” Al-Ahram. 1-7 June 2000. 

Readings for April 26

Required readings:

Roberson, James E. “Uchinaa Pop: Place and Identity in Contemporary Okinawan Popular Music.” Critical Asian Studies, 33:2 (2001): 211-242.

Gillan, Matt. “Imagining Okinawa: Japanese Musicians and Okinawan Music.” Perfect Beat 10.2 (2009): 177-195. Available on Blackboard.


Suggested readings:

Roberson, James E. “Singing Diaspora: Okinawan Songs of Home, Departure, and Return.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 17.4 (2010): 430-453. 

De Ferranti, H. “Music and Diaspora in the Second Metropolis: The Okinawan and Korean Musicians of Interwar Osaka. Japanese Studies, 29.2 (2009): 235-253.