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Musicology Distinguished Lectures Series. "Listening to African Traditional Music: Finding Patterns in Its Sounded and Unsounded Dimensions"

Friday, September 27, 2013
12:00 AM
506 Burton Memorial Tower

In many types of African traditional music, the sounded dimension of the music's audio stream only comes to life when listeners give it meaningful shape in terms of unsounded factors. Using several examples of vocal and instrumental music from Ghana, Prof. Locke will explore the organizing functions of implicit structures of rhythm, melody, tonality, and polyphony. He will argue that one important aesthetic goal is the sonic state of "simultaneous multidimensionality."