Thursday, November 22, 2007

Song Popularity and Video Games

Seems quite directly related to what we have been saying about connections between music and the entertainment industry.

Songs included in Guitar Hero 3 see a dramatic leap in digital sales
The actual details are a bit less convincing than I thought they might be. And there could be some discussion of what it means to license music for use in a game (or in a movie, or as a ringtone). The general population seems to emphasise more of a "rights to use in any context" idea while some musicians find it important to make sure their recordings are only associated with things they can support. After all, it would probably be frustrating for a band following a "Straight edge" hardcore punk ideal to have their music used in a commercial about a Seagram-created caffeinated liquor involving images of recreational drug use, gluttonous meat eating, and promiscuous sexuality... ;-)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Speaking of Participation

An older piece about Charles Keil...

February 4, 1999-Vol30n19: Charlie Keil: he's the 'Musicking' Man: Professor's mission is fostering musical expression in youth

Open Letter to Oliver Sacks

A bit of TAMILDAA going on here. But still...

Sent the following to Oliver Sacks after listening to this radio show/podcast episode: Open Source » Blog Archive » Speaking of Music Again: Oliver Sacks.
Dr. Sacks,

Listened to Christopher Lydon's Open Source show about your Musicophilia book. Was particularly interested, as an ethnomusicologist and ethnographer, in your comments on music mediation.

At 18:30, you began questioning musical universality and mention "pygmies in the rainforest" (which does sound like a composite narrative of well-known ethnographic cases). More interestingly, though, you allow for music to be mediated: "I think I took a little bit of license in that sentence of mine you read out. I think I said, I wrote something about music not needing any mediation. I think it does need mediation, everything needs mediation. But it's a very strange sort of mediation with music and it's like nothing else." (19:27-19:46)
Wanted to thank for your honesty and thoughtfulness.
Lydon didn't follow up on the mediation point. Have you written something to elaborate a bit on the mediated character of music? It might be quite useful for some of my teaching and research activities.

As an aside... You mentioned (McGill figures) Dan Levitin, Robert Zatorre, and Steven Pinker. By any chance, did (Cambridge figures) Ian Cross and Nicholas Cook make their way into your book?

Again, thank you for thoughtful and thought-provoking statements.
My mention of Ian Cross had to do with the music in evolution chapter (preprint PDF) we read in our course. We have talked repeatedly about Dan Levitin's This Is Your Brain on Music during the semester. We haven't really talked about Robert Zatorre during this semester but his name does come up fairly frequently, along with those of other music cognition in Montreal. Nicholas Cook wrote a "very short introduction" to music, the first chapter of which sounded really insightful (as read, in French translation, on another podcast).
I also wanted to mention classics in musical aesthetics (including Leonard B. Meyer, who was mentioned in Charles Keil's article on PDs and is discussed by Keil and Feld). But I found the institutional links too interesting not to use them, even half-jokingly.

The actual Open Source radio show (and podcast (MP3)) was, unsurprisingly, focused on WAM and alluded to conceptions of absolute music. Lydon has something of an "Old School" (erudite dilettante) perspective on music. He also tends to be obsessed with transcendentalism (Ralph Waldo Emerson et al.).

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Interpreting Lyrics

Just because it's funny:
YouTube - Crazy Indian Video... Buffalaxed!

But it can also be interpreted as a commentary on globalisation, if you squint real hard.
An interpretation of how the original Tamil lyrics got misinterpreted is available in a very thoughtful blog entry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"Music Wants to Be Free"

As in "free beer" or as in "free speech?"

An interesting blogpost about the death of the Record Industry:

demonbaby: When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide.

Linking this specific blogpost because it:

  • Was linked by a fellow ethnomusicologist.
  • Is rather current.
  • Contains interesting links.
  • Represents a rather clear position.
  • Mentions differences between participants in music-related industries.
  • Is followed by a lot of comments, many of them interesting and even insightful.
  • Comes from a former "industry insider."
  • Has "dissent" in the title.

On the other hand, this blogpost:

  • Is rather long-winded.
  • Doesn't present much that is really new.
  • Skips the issue of defining what music itself is (falling in the trap of equating recordings with the music).
  • Focuses too much on "music as a commodity."
  • Seems to confuse a few issues and terms (for instance "stealing" and "illegal").
  • Fails to define "label independance" (apart from lack of RIAA membership).
  • Limits itself to the "call your representative" type of action common in social politics in the United States.
  • Comes from a former "industry insider."

Still, it might be a fairly decent representation of the current consensus opinion against the Recording Industry. And it might be a good jumping board for discussions of changes in the way music is conceived.


YouTube - Hip To Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Lyrics About Recording Industry

Didn't know about the song before today. Strongly-worded position against some aspects of the recording industry. Should be relevant in our discussion of Attali's Noise.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Music Scholarship Roundup

A few recent items of scholarly interest for the ethnographic study of music.

Noticed other interesting items, lately?

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Link Roundup, October 21

I keep accumulating links about music online, partly from listening to podcasts, partly from reading mailing-list messages, and partly from noticing shared items on Facebook.
Here are a few links to recent pieces I found interesting.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Community Through Participation

Pop Geek Jonathan Coulton Succeeds by Giving Music Away
one advantage of giving away your music becomes readily apparent: The fans know all the words.

Not that the principle is really new but this is a good example of something we were discussing in class recently.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Online Businesses on Music

Been saving several links to share with you, having to do with music online, specifically with financial issues. My previous post should provide some context for my thinking about those issues. This post is an attempt to bring a few recent links together. Hope we can discuss some of those issues in class or in the forums for the course.

Opinion and, possibly, insight:

People and sites:

Music distribution, business models:

Of course, many other things are happening in the online world, in terms of music.

Where to Start with my Other Music Blog

I set up this Ethnomusicology blog to post items relevant to the course ANTH398D Selected Topics in Anthropology: Ethnomusicology. Thought these blogging activities might complement what we do in class and through Moodle. I tend to think a lot about music while I'm browsing and blogging tends to influence my teaching, so the connection was obvious.

But there's another music-related blog to which I contribute: This other blog is associated with CriticalWorld, a site dedicated to Thinking Globalisation Through Music. (Though that blog is part of and though I have been involved with CriticalWorld for a while, my blogging activities there are completely autonomous.)

Through that other music blog, I tend to think a lot about financial issues relating to music in the context of "Digital Life." These issues have been mentioned in class so I thought I'd give something of a rundown of several of my very own blog entries about these issues. This is not meant as a shameless plug, a "vanity post" or an anthology. My hope is that looking at these entries, you might understand my approach a bit more.

For instance, I've been having fun with "business models" relating to music in a broad context:

As is probably obvious to anyone, one of the main targets for reflections about music-related businesses is the so-called "Recording Industry":

Digital Rights Management (copy-protection on commodities related to copyrighted items) is a frequently mentioned issue:

As I mentioned in class, there are things to say about ringtones:

Some of my posts tend to be playful:

And, overall, I've set up broad categories to classify posts on that blog:

  • Fresh for Direct reactions to news pieces and current events
  • Soapbox for Rants, monologues, tirades, personal reactions, advocacy
  • Sandbox for Playful, fun, distracting, collaborative items
  • Ongoing for Open discussions of items relevant to CriticalWorld
  • CriticalWorld for Events, activities, internal links to the CriticalWorld site and contributors

Of course, I'd appreciate your comments on any of these items and my hope is that some of them can generate discussion.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blogging Ethnomusicologists

The author of the World Music textbook that I put on reserve has a blog with notes and YouTube links
Bakan WORLD MUSIC blog
He recently posted links to YouTube videos of Balinese music, including gamelan playing. It'd be interesting to discuss some of these excerpts in class, as we spend some time to talk about ethnomusicology as a discipline.

Friday, September 07, 2007

French Rap: A Podcast

Probably the first English-speaking show about French Rap and Hip Hop.
Yo La La ! The French Rap Hip Hop podcast mp3 online radio show.
Though the podcast's host (and programmer) has obvious preferences for specific styles and genres within French Rap and Hip Hop scenes, the program showcases an interesting musical diversity.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Future of Music (Coalition and Interview)

A podcast interview with a number of insightful comments about current changes in what people do with music.

Well-Rounded Radio: Episode 041: Jenny Toomey of The Future of Music Coalition
Among the issues that the coalition has focused on are music licensing, payola, low-power radio, health insurance for musicians, network neutrality, record label contracts, Internet radio licensing, and many other topics that are key to the current and future era of music-making for both independent and rising musicians.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Sound of Her Voice

Time of day calling it quits at AT&T - Los Angeles Times
Among interesting passages:
'I think that's very sad,' Daniels said. 'I was told at one time that my voice would last until well into the 21st century. Now it looks like I'm about to be laid to rest.'
Surely, there's a music-related project to be done on the sounds of those voices. Isn't this the "mashup" era?

Music's Industrries: Ringtones in 2007

Some recent news about ringtones, with Apple getting into the fray.
Worldwide ringtones sales totaled $3.5 billion last year, according to London's ARC Group, a research firm that tracks the telecom industry. APPLE, LABELS PITCH 'TONES | By BRIAN GARRITY | Business News | Financial | Business and Money
If this is true and sales of audio recordings didn't jump up from last year, this would mean that sales of ringtones are equivalent to more than 10% of the sales of recordings. Not that it's necessarily good for artists but in terms of simple accounting, it shows that there is more to doing business with music than "pushing CDs on consumers."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Freely Streaming Music

Deezer and similar services could become interesting. It's a bit like other music streaming services but it allows anyone (from anywhere) to stream any music in the Deezer catalogue and blog/share it at will. Of course, there have been other services like this but none of them seemed to offer this level of freedom. As it's a French site, it has a number of tracks from France and other Francophone regions, including this track from Guinean musician Ba Cissoko.

free music

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Early Music Instruction

Charlie Keil over at Born to Groove has created a community of people who are interested in music and dance in early life. Children grooving together.
The following video was posted on a short thread about children music prodigies.

Embedded Video

Blogged with Flock

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Music, Gender, and Religion

Noticed by a friend on Facebook.
God Hates Fags! Love Gods Way!
A list of bands and artists who are recognised as homosexuals. By Donnie Davies.
Is Donnie Davies a hoax?

Friday, August 10, 2007

X-Genre Prowess: DJ+Violin/Fiddle

A violin player who can swing and a DJ who really listens.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Queb Trad

Matapat is a cool band. Hung out and did an interview with them in Bloomington, IN, back in 2000. This video is probably a good summary of what the band has been doing. And it says a lot about Quebec culture.

Embedded Video

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Insight on Record Industry (spoofs)

Two blog entries about the record industry written by "Fake Steve Jobs":
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Rolling Stone: The record industry is dying
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: The music industry nobs have finally figured out what we're doing
Much to mull over, in both of these. Nothing really new, but well put and insightful. Many comments on those entries are interesting. I found myself agreeing with many points made by commentators even in the case of comments which seem to contradict one another.
One thing is for sure, the record industry cannot remain unchanged, at this point. All things considered, the record industry is a rather young one. But it's already moribund.
It will in fact be fun to see what will take the place of the record industry in the broader field of music-related businesses. Apple Inc. might play an important but so may relatively unknown entities.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Planning Playlists

This link was included in a discussion of course playlists and copyright on the Society for Ethnomusicology's mailing-list.
Smithsonian Global Sound
It could provide a convenient source for playlists in anthropology of music and ethnomusicology courses.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Chicago-Mtl Connection

This could be fun. A Chicago ethnomusicologist is coming to Montreal next month for Baile MTL. � Montreal Masala

Be Heard!

The Canada Council for the Arts is soliciting feedback on its strategic plan. We've talked about the Canada Council on several occasions, including during Alexandre Burton's presentation.
As many of you have a vested interest in the Canada Council's functioning, I encourage you to make your voice heard. They do seem to welcome broad feedback, even though the main consultation process seems to be through an online survey.
Strategic plan consultation - Canada Council for the Arts

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Textbooks and Links

Told you about this book, which is mostly geared toward "World Music Survey" courses. The author is putting online some resources to go with his book, including some links to videos on YouTube.
Bakan WORLD MUSIC blog: World music lectures with youtube links
As it turns out, many ethnomusicologists are using YouTube in their courses.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ethnomusicology References

Concordia RefShare databases
Thought they were already on the blog but here's a (openly available) RefShare database with some references to ethnomusicologically-relevant texts. There's also one with "Supplementary References" as well as other databases that I made for our course.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Recontextualising Pachelbel

As a follow-up to the beatbox version, discussed in class.

Pachelbel everywhere.

Taking music in his own hands.

Going on...

Music and Globalisation: Webradio Version

Turns out CriticalWorld's Webradio player has some cool music to listen to. Contrary to my playlists, these songs are specifically made available by the performing artists.

Folkways at Concordia

Concordia has acquired 246 recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways collection. You can browse the list in this RefWorks RefShare library or search Clues for "smithsonian folkways."
We've talked about this collection, which was tied with Moe Asch and is now managed by Anthony Seeger at the Smithsonian Institute. As an "independent label," Folkways has had a very significant impact on the way diverse musics have been perceived in the U.S. and elsewhere.
As mentioned in class, there has been a podcast series on the Smithsonian Folkways collection.

WAM Online

Concordia just got access to Alexander Street Press's Classical Music Library. We've been talking about "Western Art Music" on occasion and this database can be especially useful to those of you who are interested in this "pure" form of music.
More information about this database (including off-campus access) can be found here.

Free Show: Dakan at Balattou (April 11)

The main band in which I play, Madou Diarra and Dakan, is playing tomorrow night, April 11, at Club Balattou on Saint-Laurent. Haitian singer Dre-D will play first, at 8:30 p.m. and Dakan will be the second act.
Free as in "free beer": no cover charge.
Festival International Nuits d'Afrique de Montréal - World music Musique du monde

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Participating Music: Rock Band (Game)

From the creators of the Guitar Hero game franchise (discussed in the course).
Guitar heroes unite; 'Rock Band' is coming | Crave : The gadget blog
The emphasis on collaboration goes well with the whole participatory culture and musicking trend that we talked about during the semester. Not sure how the game will be received but the idea of making it easy for people to play together (as opposed to playing against one another, apparently) is quite interesting.
Another thing: the video game industry is now succeeding where the recording industry is failing. Coincidence? You decide! ;-)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007



Thinking Globalisation Through Music



World Music


Creation of Otherness


"Big Wigs"

World Beat

Céline Dion as International

Music marketing

Empress of Russia

Cultural Imperialism?

Fashion Statement


Supply and Demand



Secular Islam






Non-U.S. Globalisation

Influences on U.S.

Migrants in Europe

China in Africa

Freeing Music

"Music Wants To Be Free"

Free as in "Beer"

Free as in "Speech"

Free from commodification

Free from genre labels

Free expression

Online Revolution




Calabash Music








Social stratification

As class


Liberal elite




Hip Hop

Ska to Punk

Music industry

State of the Industry

World-music market vs. world music-market

Big Four (Sony BMG, Warner Music, EMI, Universal)

Mergers and acquisitions vs. diversification


Barclay (typo)


Les Disques Audiogram


Identity Symbol

Business Models

Music Sales



Other Models?








Larry Lessig

Creative Commons

Anthony McCann

Napster, RIAA


World Music

Czarna Kawa


Jeszcze Raz




Astrud Gilberto

When Jazz Meets Brazil

Azúca De Caña


Eva Ayllón

Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru

The arabic party



Oiental Belly Dance 2

Axé Axé


Daniela Mercury

Sol Da Liberdade

River Song


Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto

Mas Que Nada


Astrud Gilberto

Night Trip (Compiled by Toshio

Music in the World

Dancing On The Ceiling


Lionel Richie


I Will Love Again


Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian

I Will Love Again (Ballad Reprise)


Lara Fabian

I Will Love Again

World of Music



Amr Diab and Cheb Khaled


Salsa raï




Bhangra Daddys


Punjabi By Nature

Here And Now (Disc 3)

Libérez-nous des libéraux


Loco Locass

Amour oral

World's Musics

Sorry Sorry (Old School Afro dub)


Femi Kuti

Hôtel Costes, Volume 2: La suite

Wombo Lombo


Angélique Kidjo


Whirl-Y-Reel 2 (Folk Police mix)


Afro Celt Sound System

Volume 1: Sound Magic

Musicking World

Theme From Shaft (vocal)


Isaac Hayes




Malik Adouane

Buddha-Bar (disc 2: Party)



Goldorak (Japonais)

TV Shows

Opening the World of Music

The Jug of Punch



Island Angel

Stjärnan (The Star)




Tanto Tempo


Bebel Gilberto

Now Sound of Brazil

Sem Contencao


Bebel Gilberto

The Now Sound of Brazil

Into the Nada


Karl Blau

Beneath Waves



Empress of Russia

The initial purpose of the meeting was to encourage the retail trade via various concerted efforts as follows.

1. It was agreed that we should create a generic name under which our type of catalogue could be labelled in order to focus attention on what we do. We discussed various names for our type of music(s) and on a show of hands 'World Music' was agreed as the 'banner' under which we would work. Other suggestions were 'World Beat', 'Hot...', 'Tropical...' and various others. It was suggested that all of the labels present would use 'World Music' on their record sleeves (to give a clear indication of the 'File Under...' destination) and also on all publicity material etc. There followed a discussion on whether or not 'World Music' should be presented as a designed logo or simply as a specific type face. Discussion followed as to the extent to which this might engender exclusivity of elitism, thereby begging the question of how any other label/organisation may be able to join the club. The discussion centred around the possible conflict between the short term commercial aim of promoting 'World Music' (sponsored, promoted, and paid for by us), and the longer term aim of establishing 'World Music' as the generic term for this kind of music as with Reggae/Soul/Disco etc. (non-exclusive and open to all). Artists designs solicited for the next meeting.

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Robin Denselow How easily did the phrase "world music" come about?

IA There was a vote, but the debate was not so much hey, let's get something trendy, it was to make sure that the term didn't exclude things. For instance, "worldbeat" left out anything without bass and drums. "Ethnic" was too academic.


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CG My reservation about the term "world music" has always been that all the great terms - like jazz, reggae, rock'n'roll - sound musical. They come up in songs. Nobody is ever going to have a song title with that phrase "world music" in it. If you took the word "music" away, and just called it "world", that would be better.


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Music Market

Nielsen SoundScan reported that the big four accounted for 81.87% of the U.S. music market in 2005:[1]


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According to an IFPI report published in August 2005,[3] the big four accounted for 71.7% of retail music sales:

  • Universal Music Group — 25.5%
  • Sony BMG Music Entertainment — 21.5%
  • EMI Group — 13.4%
  • Warner Music Group — 11.3%
  • independent labels — 28.4%


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Loco Locass

Libérez-nous des libéraux (texte de Batlam et Biz / musique de Chafiik)


- Prêt pas prêt la charrue Charest, acharnée, charcute en charpie la charpente

De la maison qu'on a mis 40 ans à bâtir

- C'pas toi qui a milité pour Amir Khadir ? -( … )

-Maintenant la table est mise pour 4 ans à pâtir, à pâlir à vue d'œil

Ahuris à la vue d'la bande d'abrutis qui bradent à bride abattue

Qui vendent à rabais, par la bande c'qu'y a pas de prix

Une fois l'mandat fini, le pays ressemble d'un abatis

Coupe sombre, coupe à blanc, Coupe Grey

« Alouette, je te plumerai »

Pis pour couper court au courroux populaire

Patapouf étouffe la foule et légifère à tombeau ouvert

Pis tout sourire il sert la soupe populaire

( C'est ça être solidaire quand on a sacré tout à terre )

Afin de faire taire un argumentaire unique en terre d'Amérique

Mais son affaire, ça fait ben trop l'affaire des régents d'affaires

Du Canada pis du Conseil du Patronat

Bâillon pas bâillon, je raille pareil, le patron des patrons

« Ta yeule Taillon ! »

Heille si le dément démantèlement t'excite tellement

Que c'est comme de la musique à tes oreilles

Comment t'aimes le tintamarre des barbares, dans tes tympans d'avare hagard ?


Face à la menace de la braderie on brandit

Le poing de la Patrie à la face des bandits

Face à la menace de la braderie on brandit le poing ...


Libérez-nous des Libéraux !


J'te l'dis carré, catégorique

Jean Charest, Mike Harris : même combat, même charisme

Même kermesse des biens et services publics

Câlisse faut que ça finisse

La chasse aux bs pour eux c't'une business inespérée

Pis ceux qui dépérissent

Y reste plus qu'à prier Saint Jean-Baptiste

Ça vous apprendra, ma race de séparatistes

Y'a pas de place, où on peut pas faire la piasse

Contrats de performance pour la SGF, pour les CPE, ou les SDF

Un impôt sur la quête? Tiens, ça serait pas bête !

Ça dirige le Québec comme une PME

Comme un pimp ses putes, pour qu'elles alignent les P-I-P-E-S'ti !

Ça se sait ça s'connaît, la clef du succès pour le 24 Sussex

C'est d'assexuer le Québec

Quel beau sujet pour Jean-Claude Labrecque

« À Hauteur de Gnome » ( hauteur de braguette )

Sucer debout, c'est ça se tenir drette...


zzzzzzzzzzzzip : «Je suis prêt »


On est loin de « Maître chez Nous »

Maintenant comme jamais, il y a un traître chez nous

Ça s'entend quand il parle comme un derrière de boîte de céréales

Si tu penses me faire taire, tu perds ton temps j'suis intarissable

 « Je vais sous ton ciel, Muse! et je suis ton féal »


Face à la menace…

Libérez-nous des Libéraux !


Pendant que le kid de Sherbrooke

Liquide au souk ce qui nous distingue

Au carnaval libéral fédéral, ça bringue dingue

« Viva Canada ! Banana republica ! »

« Mandat sur mandat, on est encore là ! »

Un parti unique, c'est un parti inique, cynique, qui nique

Tout débat démocratique

La confiance de la rue est rompue

Car la cour de l'empereur corrompu accumule les écus


Et enfin, quand il sent la fin, le monarque débarque

Mais passe le pouvoir à son homme de main

Comme un bon roi Chrétien

Mais selon moi, Martin

Tient du requin ben plus que du dauphin


L'armateur, arnaqueur, anglo, franco –on sait pus trop-

Joue sur tous les tableaux

C'est l'homme des shaloms et des salamalecs

Mais comment croyez-vous qu'il conçoive le Québec ?

Depuis 10 ans, véritable sous-marin

Soi-disant nous tend la main

Mais mate-le nous démâter

En parquant l'gros paquebot des fédéraux dans nos eaux

C'est sûr il s'insinue comme la moelle dans nos os

En somme ça me semble simple : sous les libéraux

Québec et Ottawa sont les lames d'un ciseau

L'une décrisse les racines du lys

Et l'autre s'immisce au sein de nos services

Ça fait qu'émasculé, pis enculé, le calcul est pas compliqué : on va r'culer

Devant tant d'unifoliés déployés à tous les paliers

Croyez qu'on va tous se noyer, broyés, dans la marée rouge

À moins qu'on ne bouge …

Enweille bouge!


Libérez-nous des libéraux !


Les cols bleus, les cols blancs, toutes les écoles confondues

Faut se ruer dans la rue, au printemps comme une crue

Faire éclater notre ras-le-bol, une débâcle de casseroles Trêve de paroles, faites du bruit!

Un charivari pour chavirer ce parti, comme en Argentine, en Bolivie

D'un pôle à l'autre, c'est un constat continental :

À bas le bulldozer libéral !


Libérez-nous des Libéraux !

Tamtid'lidé délibérez du libellé

Tamtid'lido libérez-nous des libéraux


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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Field Guides

Those of you who might do ethnographic fieldwork in the future might enjoy perusing the field guides from the Vermont Folklife Center. Very valuable information, showing some of the connections between ethnographic disciplines, especially in terms of recording technologies.
The Vermont Folklife Center Archive - Field Research Guides :: Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury VT

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

World Change and Idealism

Just when you think I've been too much of an Apple fanboy for one day...

Think Different - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
So, the idea here: idealists may in fact be involved in this type of social change Attali and others have been talking about.
Is this what the world really needs? Are the dreamers' dreams worthier than those of the majority?


  • Participation
  • Aesthetics
  • Identity
  • Representation
  • Status
  • Power
  • Subversion
  • Commodification
  • Value
  • Function
  • Gender

ANTH398D Meeting 13

PedTech Survey

Tech and learning



Course as a whole





Active, dynamic

French intellectual





Star and Campfire

Pour un instant




Un musicien parmi tant d'autres







Si on avait besoin d'une 5e saison

Court to Popular

Sunjata Fasa


An Be Kelen

We Are One

Auprès de ma blonde


Aristide Bruand

À Montmartre

Le fiacre


Jean Sablon

Paris - Café Concert!

Martin de la Chasse-Galerie


La Bottine Souriante

La Mistrine






Internationale RU






Pete Seeger

Singalong: Live at Sanders Theatre, 1980



Billy Bragg

The Internationale





Oh Canada


Sarah McLachlan


CBC Hockey Night In Canada


CBC Canada Ltd.


Gens du pays


Gilles Vigneault

Chemin faisant - Cent et une chansons (disc 5)

Aux armes et Caetera


Serge Gainsbourg

Aux Armes et Caetera


Barry Farms


Me'Shell NdegéOcello

Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape

Poison Ivy


Me'Shell NdegéOcello

Batman & Robin



Me'Shell NdegéOcello

Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape

The Womb


Me'Shell NdegéOcello

Peace Beyond Passion

Who Is He and What Is He to You


Me'Shell NdegéOcello

Peace Beyond Passion





Not craftsperson or servant


Living from Art








Object of sale






Political economy










Invisible hand




Economics, Sociology, (European) Anthropology

Adam Smith

Thomas Malthus

Karl Marx

Émile Durkheim

Max Weber

Theodor Adorno


Printing press










Larry Lessig

Creative Commons

Anthony McCann

Napster, RIAA

Big Four (Sony BMG, Warner Music, EMI, Universal)

Noise and Harmony


Chaos and order

Social control


Pedagogical value

Used by thinkers

Actual influence


Music prefiguring change

Music in changing society


French exceptionalism

French Revolution



Society representing itself


Sound, acoustics

Arts and Sciences



Social structure