Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media

Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media

Edited by Thomas R. Hilder, Henry Stobart, Shzr Ee Tan

Personal eBook

University of Rochester Press



Investigates the significance of a range of digital technologies in contemporary Indigenous musical performance, exploring interdisciplinary issues of music production, representation, and transmission.
The essays in this volume offer rich and diverse perspectives on the encounter between Indigenous music and digital technologies. They explore how digital media -- whether on CD, VCD, the Internet, mobile technology, or in the studio -- have transformed and become part of the fabric of Indigenous cultural expression across the globe. Communication technologies have long been tools for nation building and imperial expansion, but these studies reveal how over recent decades digital media have become a creative and political resource for Indigenous peoples, often nurturing cultural revival, assisting activism, and complicating earlier hegemonic power structures. Bringing together the work of scholars and musicians across five continents, the volume addresses timely issues of transnationalism and sovereignty, production and consumption, archives and transmission, subjectivity and ownership, and virtuality and the posthuman.
Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media is essential reading for scholars working on topics in ethnomusicology, Indigeneity, and media studies while also offering useful resources for Indigenous musicians and activists. The volume provides new perspectives on Indigenous music, refreshes and extends debates about digital culture, and points to how digital media shape what it means to be Indigenous in the twenty-first century.

Contributors: Linda Barwick, Beverley Diamond, Thomas R. Hilder, Fiorella Montero-Diaz, John-Carlos Perea, Henry Stobart, Shzr Ee Tan, Russell Wallace

Thomas R. Hilder is postdoctoral fellow in musicology at the University of Bergen. Henry Stobart is reader in music at Royal Holloway, University of London. Shzr Ee Tan is senior lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London.


11 black and white, 2 line illustrations
236 pages
9x6 in
Personal eBook, 9781782049319, February 2017
Hardback, 9781580465731, February 2017
Library eBook
BISAC MUS015000, SOC062000, SOC052000
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Table of Contents

Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media: An Introduction
Taiwan's Aboriginal Music on the Internet
Recording Technology, Traditioning, and Urban American Indian Powwow Performance
YouTubing the "Other": Lima's Upper Classes and Andean Imaginaries
An Interview with Russell Wallace
Mixing It Up: A Comparative Approach to Sámi Audio Production
Creative Pragmatism: Competency and Aesthetics in Bolivian Indigenous Music Video (VCD) Production
Keepsakes and Surrogates: Hijacking Music Technology at Wadeye (Northwest Australia)
The Politics of Virtuality: Sámi Cultural Simulation through Digital Musical Media
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors

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