PhD University of Otago 2013 Pages: 325

The Music of 'Are'are: Acoustemology, Environmental Influences and Sustainability

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This thesis discusses the sustainability of contemporary and traditional music from 'Are'are, an area in the Solomon Islands. It examines the environmental influences and the acoustemology of music through local, national and global contexts. This entails analysis of how music, and the material used to make musical instruments, reflects environmental resources, responds to, and is inspired by environmental conditions. It explains the ecological significance of musical structure and function, and how music may exemplify core ecological concepts, for example flows, pulses, dynamic balance (dynamism), development, networks, nested systems and cycles...

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