Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond

Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond

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Overview

Theodore Levin takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo; the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals; and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. As performers from Tuva and other parts of inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Levin follows them to the West, detailing their efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of their music traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253044716
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 399,129
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Theodore Levin is Professor of Music at Dartmouth College and author of The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York) (IUP, 1997).

Valentina Süzükei is Senior Academic Officer of the Tuvan Institute for Humanities Research in Kyzyl, Tuva. She is author of three books on Tuvan music, including The Musical Culture of Tuva in the Twentieth Century (in Russian).

Table of Contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsOn Language and Pronunciation Dramatis Personae1. Finding the Field Road Warriors Kyzyl Reinventing Tuva2. The World Is Alive with the Music of Sound Musical Offerings In a Cave Natural ReverbInterlude3. Listening the Tuvan Way Timbre-Centered Music Throat-Singing: The Ideal Timbral Art4. Sound Mimesis Mimesis and the Power of Representation Hunters: The Earliest Sound Technologists? Ludic Mimesis Sound Mimesis and Spiritual Landscape Sound Mimesis as Narrative The Mimesis of Mimesis Mimesis as Cultural Memory5. Music, Sound, and Animals Animal Spirits Signaling and Singing to Animals Listening to Animals Animals in Music "Animal Style" Art and Music6. An Animist View of the World Huun-Huur-Tu at Home Epic Dreams Shamans and Champagne The Spirit of Manas Women Are Not Supposed to Do This The Ondar Phenomenon CretePostlude: Appropriation and Its DiscontentsGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexKey to Selections on Compact DiscKey to Selections on DVD

What People are Saying About This

"Thanks to his wonderful innate taste, his tremendous linguistic skills, and his curiosity and passion to share what he discovers, Ted Levin has given us a window into a world of traditional music we might never otherwise know."

editor, Songlines and Rough Guide to World Music - Simon Broughton

A vivid picture of music in inner Asia today—both the ancient traditions and the way they're rubbing up against the modern world. . . . After reading this immensely readable and thought-provoking book, you'll never listen to throat singing the same way again.

Simon Broughton

"A vivid picture of music in inner Asia today—both the ancient traditions and the way they're rubbing up against the modern world. . . . After reading this immensely readable and thought-provoking book, you'll never listen to throat singing the same way again."

Michael Church

"No other writer could extract such a melange of philosophy, acoustics, and aesthetics from one man's vocalization over a running stream—or report with such canny insight on how that individual must negotiate his life as a 'star' in the West."

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No other writer could extract such a melange of philosophy, acoustics, and aesthetics from one man's vocalization over a running stream—or report with such canny insight on how that individual must negotiate his life as a 'star' in the West.

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A vivid picture of music in inner Asia today—both the ancient traditions and the way they're rubbing up against the modern world. . . . After reading this immensely readable and thought-provoking book, you'll never listen to throat singing the same way again.

Georgetown University - Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

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Entertaining, fascinating, and well written, it depicts important issues in the globalization of indigenous music.

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Entertaining, fascinating, and well written, it depicts important issues in the globalization of indigenous music.

BBC World Service - Michael Church

No other writer could extract such a melange of philosophy, acoustics, and aesthetics from one man's vocalization over a running stream—or report with such canny insight on how that individual must negotiate his life as a 'star' in the West.

Yo-Yo Ma

"Thanks to his wonderful innate taste, his tremendous linguistic skills, and his curiosity and passion to share what he discovers, Ted Levin has given us a window into a world of traditional music we might never otherwise know."

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