Music Technology in Ethnomusicology

Gabriel Solis

in The Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780199372133
Published online August 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199372164 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Music Technology in Ethnomusicology

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Ethnomusicology has often had an ambivalent relationship with technology: we owe our discipline to mid-twentieth-century developments in recording technology. Nevertheless there is a strong counter-modern streak that characterizes ethnomusicologists as a group. This essay investigates the reasons for ethnomusciologists’ mistrust of certain kinds of music technology and interprets ambivalence as a mode of critical engagement. It surveys turning points in the field from comparative musicology to the critical turn and from the critical turn to the new digital humanities. I conclude that digital humanities needs ethnomusicological ambivalence in the form of critical engagement. Good data analytics needs a skeptical view from the vantage point of music scholars and contextual knowledge-bearers in the cultures of study.

Keywords: ethnomusicology; participatory music; sound recordings; musical analysis; ethnography

Article.  2908 words. 

Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy

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