Music

The Gift: Thoughts on Ethnographic Exchange

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In 1991, Steven Feld released a recording based on his fieldwork in the Bosavi Rainforest. Called Voices of the Rainforest, the recording is a “soundscape of a day in the life of the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Papua New Guinea.” The recording was originally released on the Rykodisc label and produced by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey […]

Pedagogy

On my honor…

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Here’s my Honor Code confession. I was an undergraduate at a school with a deeply-entrenched honor code, and I thought it was terrific. Princeton University’s (then exclusively white male) undergraduates adopted an honor code in 1893, by

Music

The Blurred Lines of Musicological Expertise

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In the past 24 hours, there’s been a flurry of people declaring the recording industry dead, and a whole lot of articles (and, dare I say, blog posts) that purport to explain what really is the upshot of the “Blurred Lines” jury verdict. It’s all rather melodramatic, and I hesitate to add to it. But I […]