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Yasmin Levy —


“Adío…” The haunting word grows from silence, shivering with vibrato as it recedes. “Adío, kerida” returns with greater conviction, its voice cracking with flamenco ornaments. A single clave accompanies her with its rhythmic tresillo, only to become the Turkish wahda. From the silence of this dramatic opening comes a Spanish guitar, morphing again into its Turkish twin, the qanún. Soft shakers, a whispering Turkish ney, and a double bass join. A gentle male choir follows the voice in her serpentine melodic sighs. After a few short verses, she finishes the song alone: “…me l’amargates tu.”

“You made my life…

A Case-Study in Listening Habits Across East Africa

Authors: Julien Pallière, Lea Bibeau-Guimont, Julien Greschner, Fred Malecki
Date: March 2019

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Abstract: Results from a three-month field study on listening habits across various demographics in East Africa. The goal of the project is to investigate trends in demographics between individuals and their listening habits. The project more largely attempts to approach musical listening habits as a marker of globalization. Conducting 31 in-depth interviews across rural and urban Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, we collected and analysed data regarding demographic attributes of each interview participant (age, gender, connectivity, location, etc.). Despite a small sample size, strong trends were observed across all…

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Isomorphisms between Tone and Time

The musical domains of tone and time are commonly distinguished when discussing sound art. Different cultures and their musical traditions can be discerned by the various perspectives and systems they employ when engaging with these domains. There is evidence to support that various musics from around the world exhibit structural similarities across their manipulations of tone and time. These similarities can be mapped in the form of isomorphic or identical models. While perceptually, these domains appear strikingly different, the existence of such isomorphisms hints at the possibility that they share fundamental commonalities in the ways they are processed cognitively.


Julien Palliere

Researcher in comparative musicology; MA Ethnomusicology at SOAS, London.

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