Aug 272017
 

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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 is to propose a musician’s point of view on the analysis of the repertoire. In order to propose another model for understanding this unique music, Deschênes expands on previous authors’ proposals and shows, in the final section, that some of these authors’ conclusions do apply to honkyoku music, while others do not. Although these authors present a relevant understanding of the melodic structure of honkyoku, Deschênes suggests that there is more to it than they propose, specifically highlighting two important aspects of this music that they miss, namely that playing shakuhachi has to do first and foremost with tone-color, not pitches, and that the melodic quality of each phrase and each piece is more in the melodic forms and contours created by the kakuontei and the kakuon than it is in the pitches (see the Glossary at the end of the article).

Bruno Deschênes: A preliminary approach to the analysis of honkyoku, the solo repertoire of the Japanese shakuhachi,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 4 6 |2017-08| p. 123–143.

  • Additional material:
    • Daiwa gaku (First analyzed song – By Bruno Deschênes) – mp3
    • Shika no tone (Second analyzed song – By the Ensemble Matsu Také with Michel Zenchiku Dubeau) – mp3
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Aug 222017
 

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(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 cultures as this would lead to colonialist unification.

This article is the consequence of my determined endeavor at academically fostering the proof of the evidence against unproven presumptive inference, and more significantly to assert, scientifically, that heptatonism – which is not universal – is by no means engraved onto mankind’s unconscious. It is a structure, among others, which eventually hatched in the Near-East, as part and consequence of another or other systems, but not as a new, independent and exclusive concept.

Richard Dumbrill: The Truth about Babylonian Music,” Near Eastern Musicology Online 4 6 |2017-08| p. 91–121.

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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…]

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Dec 112016
 

English NEMO-Online Vol. 4 Nos. 6 & 7 : Call for papers 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’. We would like these issues of NEMO to continue the debate initiated in NEMO-Online No. 5 concerning the usefulness of the science, the problems raised due to powerful and contradictory non-scientific characteristics, and the alternatives which may be proposed. Papers to be sent both to Richard Dumbrill and Amine Beyhom and should follow [more…]

Dec 042016
 

(click on the title of each article for the corresponding pdf version / cliquer sur les titres des articles pour télécharger les pdf). The redaction of NEMO-Online is pleased to announce the reissue of NEMO-Online Vol. 1 No. 1 and NEMO-Online Vol. 2 No. 2&3 as individual articles / La rédaction de NEMO-Online a le plaisir d’annoncer une nouvelle édition de NEMO-Online Vol. 1 No. 1 et NEMO-Online Vol. 2 No. 2&3 en articles individuels. Reminder / Rappel: NEMO-Online Vol. 3 No. 4&5 / is available / est disponible (November 2016). NEMO-Online Vol. 1 No. 1 Reissue 2016/12 : (all pdf [more…]

Nov 242016
 

(click on the title of each article for the corresponding pdf version / cliquer sur les titres des articles pour télécharger les pdf). NEMO-Online Vol. 3 : (all pdf articles in this volume are bookmarked for titles, subtitles and figures / tous les articles au format pdf de ce volume contiennent des marque-pages correspondant aux titres, sous-titres et figures) Editor’s letter / Éditorial / كلمة الناشرين : Instrumental facture & Evolution of musicology and ethnomusicology / Facture instrumentale & Évolution de la musicologie et de l’ethnomusicologie /  صناعة الآلات وتطوّر علم الموسيقولوجيا والإتنوموسيقولوجيا NEMO-Online No. 4 contents / contenu / ملخّص : [more…]

Jan 052016
 

English NEMO-Online No. 5 : Call for papers Research groups CERMAA, ICONEA and IReMus are seeking papers for the fifth issue of NEMO. The theme will be about ‘Musicology/Ethnomusicology: evolutions and problems’. Since its origins as Vergleichende Musikwissenschaft, ethnomusicology struggles to define itself in relation to classical Occidental musicology, the latter being the semantic carrier of a more general character which is nevertheless restricted to the study of musics which in a first instance concerns only the Occident, and in a second instance, which is concerned with music labelled as ‘learned’, even integrating popular musics such as jazz, pop, rock [more…]

Nov 262015
 

English Free download of the articles of Nemo-Online below (click for the pdf version on the corresponding title of each article).  Issue 4 of NEMO-Online and editorial will be available in hard copy and pdf with Issue 5 in Volume 3, November 2016.   NEMO-Online 4 contents : Instrumental facture from its sources in the Ancient Near East to modern times Jean During : ‘The Baluchi benju, a new traditional instrument,’ Near Eastern Musicology Online 3 4 |2015-11| p. 5–12. In the years 1920 a small dulcimer with a keyboard appeared in Karachi, brought by Japanese sailors. This musical toy became an essential Baluchi instrument [more…]

May 172015
 

English NEMO-Online No. 4 : Call for papers Research groups CERMAA, ICONEA and IReMus are seeking papers for the third issue of NEMO. The theme will be about ‘Instrumental facture from its sources in the Ancient Near East to modern times.’ All aspects of Organology will be considered such as: Prehistory: Instrument making in pre-history as an unconscious cognitive phenomenon Distinction between implement and instrument Sensorial analogy in the conceptualisation of musical instruments History: Instruments and totemism Instruments and worship Instruments as urban and commercial tools Earliest evidence of musical facture Organological evidence: material, glues and their making, hides, strings, [more…]

May 132015
 

(English) We are very pleased to announce that Ralf Martin Jäger, Professor in ethnomusicology and History of European music in the Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpaedagogik of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität – Münster, has joined the Academic Board of NEMO-Online. Ralf Jäger is a renowned musicologist with numerous publications in the fields of Turkish music and music of Eastern-Asia. His competence is a welcome complement to the Academic Board of NEMO-Online, and an extension towards German musicology. We warmly welcome him among us. (French) Nous avons le très grand plaisir d’annoncer que Ralf Martin Jäger, Professeur d’ethnomusicologie d’Histoire de la musique [more…]