Radical Traditions: Reimagining Culture in Balinese Contemporary Music

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Oxford University Press, 2013 - History - 270 pages
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For the modern West, Bali has long served as an icon of exotic pre-modern innocence. Yet the reality of modern Bali stands in stark contrast to this prevailing and enduring image, a contrast embodied by a movement of local musical experimentation, musik kontemporer, which emerged in the 1970s and which still thrives today. In Radical Traditions, author Andrew Clay McGraw shows how music kontemporer embodies the tensions between culture as represented and lived, between the idea of Balinese culture and the experience of living it. Through a highly interdisciplinary approach informed by ethnomusicology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, anthropology, and theater studies, McGraw presents an all-encompassing social and musical history of musik kontemporer, and its intersections with class, ethnicity, and globalization. As the first English language monograph on this important Indonesian musical genre, Radical Traditions is an essential resource for anyone fascinated by modern Indonesian and Balinese music and culture.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Placing Bali in the Global Aesthetic Network
14
Developing Culture in the Empty New Order 196698
47
Aesthetic and Social Dissensus in the Reformation 1998
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5 Téori and the Komposer
109
6 The Materials and Technologies of Musik Kontemporer
138
Time Energy and Homology in the Analysis of Balinese Music
165
8 The Semiotics of Musik Kontemporer
193
9 Musik Kontemporer and Intercultural Performance
215
Reimagining Balinese Culture
236
Glossary
241
Bibliography
245
Index
263
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Andrew Clay McGraw is Assistant professor of music at the University of Richmond. His writings combine ethnographic, music-theoretical, semiotic and critical analyses to consider the fields of traditional and contemporary music in Southeast Asia. As a composer and performer he has collaborated with Bali's leading composers and ensembles. He has founded and directed several gamelan ensembles in the U.S.

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