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…]

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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…]

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