Toward an ethnomusicology of sound experience

Clayton, Martin (2008). Toward an ethnomusicology of sound experience. In: Stobart, Henry ed. The New (Ethno)musicologies. Lanham, MA: Scarecrow Press, pp. 135–169.

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Abstract

This article argues that ethnomusicology would benefit from taking more account of the ways in which human beings experience and interpret sound. Ethnomusicologists have tended to work at a meta-discursive level (writing words about others' words), leaving the gap between musical experience and paramusical discourse under-explored. This chapter asks whether that situation can be changed and what may be gained by doing so, and is illustrated with an example of north Indian raga performance.

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