Episode 1, Part 2. The Value of Research on Music (22 Nov 2021) shownotes

In Part 2 of our first episode, we discuss the study of diverse musics and the value of ethnomusicology as it has developed over the 21st century. We interview Emeritus Professor Anthony Seeger about growing up in a family central to the American folk music scene, his field research with the Kisedje in Brazil, and his roles as the director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University and Smithsonian Institution. Seeger speaks about establishing ‘Smithsonian Folkways Recordings’ which brings together rich collections of socially engaged music from various parts of the world. This episode includes some tracks from one of these albums ‘Vocal Art of the Suyà’ which Seeger produced in collaboration with the Kisedje, as well as some more recent activist musical responses to the current pandemic environment.

“It seemed to me that there was something about music that had an impact not just on aesthetics and beauty and how we feel about lovely things, but on the everyday actions of people, the lives of people and the activities of governments.” Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California

Links to resources

  • Mugglestone, E., 1981. Guido Adler’s “The Scope, Method, and Aim of Musicology”(1885): An English Translation with an Historic-Analytical Commentary. Yearbook for Traditional Music, Volume 13, pages 1-21 – https://www.scinapse.io/papers/2318810203