Dec 072019
 

English

[French translation below]

We have the great pleasure of proposing our first set of Books and CD reviews on NEMO-Online.

Two books and one CD are reviewed:

  • Avra Pieridou Skoutella : Small musical worlds in the Mediterranean: ethnicity, globalization and Greek Cypriot children’s musical identities, Ashgate |Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT, 2015|, reviewed by Rosy and Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 65–66.
  • Jean-François Goudesenne : Émergence du chant grégorien : les strates de la branche Neustro-insulaire (687-930) – Tome I. Étude historique et philologique, Tome II. Annexes, planches et édition, MŪSAM (MUSICALIA ANTIQUITATIS & MEDII AEVI) 2 vols., Brepols |Turnhout (Belgique), 2018|, reviewed by Rosy and Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 66–69.
  • CD recorded by Melpo Merlier : ‘and let us sing in praise’ – Byzantine Hymns recorded in 1930 by Melpo Merlier, EDO (HERE) |Athens and Volos (Greece), March 2000|, reviewed by Rosy and Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 69–71.

Français

Nous avons le plaisir de proposer cette première série de recensions de livres et d’un CD dans NEMO-Online.

Deux livres et un CD ont été revus:

  • Avra Pieridou Skoutella : Small musical worlds in the Mediterranean: ethnicity, globalization and Greek Cypriot children’s musical identities, Ashgate |Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT, 2015|, recension par Rosy et Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 65–66.
  • Jean-François GOUDESENNE : Émergence du chant grégorien : les strates de la branche Neustro-insulaire (687-930) – Tome I. Étude historique et philologique, Tome II. Annexes, planches et édition, MŪSAM (MUSICALIA ANTIQUITATIS & MEDII AEVI) 2 vols., Brepols |Turnhout (Belgique), 2018|, recension par Rosy et Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 66–69.
  • CD recorded by Melpo Merlier : ‘and let us sing in praise’ – Byzantine Hymns recorded in 1930 by Melpo Merlier, EDO (HERE) |Athens and Volos (Greece), March 2000|, recension par Rosy et Amine Beyhom, Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 69–71.
 Posted by at 06:02
Nov 302019
 

English

[French translation below]

NEMO-Online is delighted to propose Amine Beyhom’s sequel to the dossier “MAT for the VIAMAP” which was published by NEMO-Online in November 2018. The post includes four video analyses of maqām music. The first part of the dossier combines three previously published analyses which cover different aspects of maqām, and follow an order of growing complexity of the analysis which does not interfere with its performance. The first ever 3D video analysis (A Huseynî Taksim performed by Neyzen Tevfik) undertaken by the research center of the author is included.

While the analyses in Part I of the dossier reveal the skills of exceptional maqām  performers, Maḥmūd’s and a-sh-Shawwā’s performance investigated in Part II take us to heights of mastery and complexity rarely reached today, and gives a unique example of the Art of maqām as it came to be fully developed towards the beginning of the 20th century.

The first three video analyses tend to confirm that maqām and other forms of music can be better explained and analyzed by techniques extensively used in the 1950s and 1960s by eminent ethnomusicologists such as Charles Seeger. Compared with previous releases accompanying “MAT for the VIAMAP”, new, improved techniques are used in present analyses of these three performances in order to better understand the music, while the analysis of the qaṣīda Yā Nasīm a-ṣ-Ṣabā performed by ʿAlī Maḥmūd and violinist Sāmī a-sh-Shawwā uses even more refined techniques to remedy the problems that arise with historical recordings which are of the paramount importance for the understanding of the evolution of maqām music during the last century. A research on the lyrics of the qaṣīda (by Shaykh Maḥmūd a-sh-Shahhāl from Tripoli – Lebanon) is included at the beginning of Part II.

Amine Beyhom: The Lost Art of Maqām – With four video analyses of performances by Evelyne Daoud, Neyzen Tewfik, Hamdi Makhlouf, and by ʿAlī Maḥmūd and Sāmī a-sh-Shawwā,” Near-Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 5–64.

 

Video analysis of/Video-analyse de Yā Nasīm a-ṣ-Ṣabā performed by/par ʿAlī Maḥmūd and/et Sāmī a-sh-Shawwā

 

Third-tempo version of the above video analysis / Version ralentie trois fois de la vidéo ci-dessus

Slide-projection based video explaining heterophony / Vidéo basée sur des diapositives expliquant l’hétérophonie

Français

Nous avons le plaisir à NEMO-Online de publier ce nouvel article (en anglais) par Amine Beyhom qui constitue une suite au dossier “MAT for the VIAMAP” publié dans NEMO-Online en Novembre 2018, avec quatre analyses vidéo de musique de maqām. La première partie du dossier réunit trois analyse publiées précédemment et qui couvrent différents aspects du maqām, suivant une complexité croissante de l’analyse (mais pas de la performance). La première vidéo analyse en 3D (d’un Taksim [en] Huseynî par Neyzen Tevfik) effectuée par le centre de recherche de l’auteur est incluse parmi ces trois.

Les trois analyses proposées en première partie de ce dossier expliquent divers aspects et compétences techniques ou artistiques de la chanteuse (Evelyne Daoud) et des deux musiciens (Neyzen Tevfik et Hamdi Makhlouf), tandis que la deuxième partie est consacrée à la qaṣīda Yā Nasīm a-ṣ-Ṣabā chantée par le cheikh ʿAlī Maḥmūd accompagné par le violoniste Sāmī a-sh-Shawwā, un exemple unique de l’Art du maqām au faîte de son développement au début du XXe siècle.

Si les trois premières analyses tendent à confirmer que la musique de maqām et d’autres peuvent mieux être expliquées et analysées avec les techniques déjà mises en œuvre par d’éminents ethnomusicologues – tel Charles Seeger – dans les années 1950 et 1960, et utilisent les techniques supplémentaires mises au point par l’auteur et son équipe, l’analyse de Yā Nasīm a-ṣ-Ṣabā a nécessité la mise au point de techniques encore plus raffinées pour remédier aux problèmes inhérents à de tels enregistrements historiques – ceci, d’autant plus que l’importance de ces enregistrements pour une meilleure compréhension de cette musique n’est plus à démontrer. Notons qu’une recherche sur les paroles de la qaṣīda (par le cheikh Maḥmūd a-sh-Shahhāl de Tripoli – Liban) est incluse au début de la deuxième partie.

Amine Beyhom: The Lost Art of Maqām – With four video analyses of performances by Evelyne Daoud, Neyzen Tewfik, Hamdi Makhlouf, and by ʿAlī Maḥmūd and Sāmī a-sh-Shawwā,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 5 8 |2019-11| p. 5–64.

Dec 142018
 

NEMO-Online Vol. 4 Nos. 6&7 is now available in Hard copy printed version / NEMO-Online Vol. 4 nos 6&7 est désormais disponible en version imprimée brochée.

Dec 142018
 

English [French translation below] Research centres and groups CERMAA, ICONEA and IReMus are delighted to inform you that the main theme for number eight of NEMO-Online will be: Music as science or music as art? This question has brought up controversy for centuries. It seems useful to apprehend what is the current position of music and musicology about this conundrum. Other themes are also proposed: The concepts and terminology of musicology and their evolution Variations on the linguistics of musicology. Have homophonic terms in various languages and different cultures the same meaning ? Collation of a multilingual lexicon taking these linguistic [more…]

Dec 042018
 

NEMO-Online Vol. 4 Nos. 6&7 is now available for downloading (download link below) / NEMO-Online Vol. 4 nos 6&7 est disponible pour téléchargement (lien ci-dessous). All pdf articles in this volume are available individually at http://nemo-online.org/articles and bookmarked for titles, subtitles and figures / tous les articles au format pdf de ce volume sont téléchargeables individuellement à http://nemo-online.org/articles et contiennent des marque-pages correspondant aux titres, sous-titres et figures. Note that minor changes in the layout may occur between individual articles and the binded volume, due to the harmonising of the layouts between No. 6 and No. 7 / Les changements [more…]

Oct 252018
 

English [French translation below] NEMO-Online is delighted to propose this new article by Amine Beyhom on notational tools and graphical analyses of melody and rythm. Musical notation has been reputed as disqualified for the analysis of “Foreign” musics since – at least – the experiments of Charles Seeger with the Melograph. It is nevertheless still used as the main analytic – and teaching – tool for these musics in most researches in musicology, and today in the teaching of these musics in autochthonous conservatories. Seeger’s experiments brought at his time cutting-edge solutions – and alternatives – to score notation but, [more…]

Nov 092017
 

English Free download of the articles of Nemo-Online Vol. 4 No. 6 below (click for the pdf version on the corresponding title of each article).  Issue 6 of NEMO-Online and editorial will be available in hard copy and pdf with Issue 7 in Volume 4, November 2018. NEMO-Online Vol. 4 Nos. 6 & 7 call for papers was: Research groups CERMAA, ICONEA and IReMus are seeking papers for the sixth and seventh issues of NEMO. The theme, continued from the theme of NEMO-Online No. 5 (available here), is about ‘Musicology/Ethnomusicology: evolutions, problems, alternatives’. This call for papers is sustained for [more…]

Aug 272017
 

[Download links at the end] NEMO-Online is delighted to propose this new article on modality in a very different way than what we have been used to: it is based on the absence of modes in part of the Japanese honkyoku repertoire, while composition is ruled mainly by the tone-color of the sounds (we do not dare write “pitches”) emitted by the shakuhashu player, at least in Traditional composition. The article is written by Bruno Chikushin (his artist name) Deschênes, a musician and author of a book on the shakuhashi, himself a trained shakuhachi player. The aim of the article [more…]

 Posted by at 06:59
Aug 222017
 

[Download links at the end] (Adapted) excerpts from the article (Introduction): The insistence of Mainstream Western Archaeomusicology at force-fitting the Babylonian musical system into the Western model is one of the greatest oversights in the History of music. It came from the methodology (or rather of its absence) of certain Assyriologists and of their determination at spearheading “their discoveries” by means of unsuitable Western models. The manner in which Musical systems are constructed, whether consciously or not, are part of the culture of a people and must be unveiled with the utmost respect and without linkage to theories of later [more…]

 Posted by at 15:33
May 012017
 

[Download links for the article and the Power Point show at the end] Amine Beyhom’s article “A Hypothesis for the Elaboration of Heptatonic Scales”, originally entitled  “A New Hypothesis for the Elaboration of Heptatonic Scales and their Origins” and published (2010) in the proceedings of ICONEA 2008, has been emendated, updated and enriched, and is reissued for NEMO-Online Vol. 4 No. 6. New research since its first publication presented complementary and sometimes clarifying facts which, with the evolution of terminology (see Beyhom’s “Lexicon” in NEMO-Online Vol. 2 No. 2 – in French), makes it indispensable to publish this new edition. [more…]