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UNIV 203 Winter 2005
Cross-Cultural Studies in Music:
Ethnomusicology in the 21st century

"people are the music that they listen to" (mp3)

Music is the soundtrack to human activity from birth to death.
(Andrew Orlowski)

...I brought virtually no context to the record. I simply took it home, put it on, and had my life changed.
I heard a sound I'd never heard before, but which, for some reason, I connected to.
It was what Herman Melville called the shock of recognition
--and for me that shock has always been
the realization that you have recognized something nothing could have led you to expect to recognize.
The question turns out not to be what-makes-the-music-great,
but why you recognized its greatness when, all things considered,
you shouldn't have understood it at all, or even stumbled upon it in the first place...
(Greil Marcus, from "When you walk in the room", in The Dustbin of History [E169.04 .M365 1995], pg. 144)

The soundscape of the world is changing... Noise pollution is now a world problem.
It would seem that the world soundscape has reached an apex of vulgarity in our time,
and many experts have predicted universal deafness as the ultimate consequence
unless the problem can be brought quickly under control.
(R. Murray Schafer, in The Tuning of the World [ML3805 .S3], pg. 3)

Dramatis Personae

Jenny Lu
Peter Djalaliev
Beth Iten
Katie Abplanalp
Christie Palazzolo
John Rumin
Justin Hannon
Kate Houren
Peter Jones
Derek Kosciolek
Chris Gaiteri
Theresa Dougherty
Susanna Hsing
Mike Holcomb
Brooke Sanden
Hugh Blackmer

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