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Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia : Music and Place in East Asia, Hardback Book

Presence Through Sound: Music and Place in East Asia : Music and Place in East Asia Hardback

Edited by Keith Howard, Catherine (University of Sydney Australia) Ingram

Part of the SOAS Studies in Music series


Presence Through Sound narrates and analyses, through a range of case studies on selected musics of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet, some of the many ways in which music and 'place' intersect and are interwoven with meaning in East Asia.

It explores how place is significant to the many contexts in which music is made and experienced, especially in contemporary forms of longstanding traditions but also in other landscapes such as popular music and in the design of performance spaces.

It shows how music creates and challenges borders, giving significance to geographical and cartographic spaces at local, national, and international levels, and illustrates how music is used to interpret relationships with ecology and environment, spirituality and community, and state and nation. The volume brings together scholars from Australia, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the UK, each of whom explores a specific genre or topic in depth.

Each nuanced account finds distinct and at times different aspects to be significant but, in demonstrating the ability of music to mediate the construction of place and by showing how those who create and consume music use it to inhabit the intimate, and to project themselves out into their surroundings, each points to interconnections across the region and beyond with respect to perception, conception, expression, and interpretation. In Presence Through Sound, ethnomusicology meets anthropology, literature, linguistics, area studies, and - particularly pertinent to East Asia in the twenty-first century - local musicologies.

The volume serves a broad academic readership and provides an essential resource for all those interested in East Asia.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 246 pages, 2 Line drawings, black and white; 16 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and whit
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Music: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9780367345082

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