Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media

Thomas Hilder (Editor), Henry Stobart (Editor), Shzr Ee Tan (Editor)

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The essays in this volume offer rich and diverse perspectives on the encounter between Indigenous music and digital technologies. They explore how digital media -- whether on CD, VCD, the Internet, mobile technology, or in the studio -- have transformed and become part of the fabric of Indigenous cultural expression across the globe. Communication technologies have long been tools for nation building and imperial expansion, but these studies reveal how over recent decades digital media have become a creative and political resource for Indigenous peoples, often nurturing cultural revival, assisting activism, and complicating earlier hegemonic power structures. Bringing together the work of scholars and musicians across five continents, the volume addresses timely issues of transnationalism and sovereignty, production and consumption, archives and transmission, subjectivity and ownership, and virtuality and the posthuman. "Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media" is essential reading for scholars working on topics in ethnomusicology, Indigeneity, and media studies while also offering useful resources for Indigenous musicians and activists. The volume provides new perspectives on Indigenous music, refreshes and extends debates about digital culture, and points to how digital media shape what it means to be Indigenous in the twenty-first century.


Thomas R. Hilder
Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media: An Introduction 1

Shzr Ee Tan
1 Taiwan’s Aboriginal Music on the Internet 28

John-Carlos Perea
2 Recording Technology, Traditioning, and Urban American Indian Powwow Performance 53

Fiorella Montero-Diaz
3 YouTubing the “Other”: Lima’s Upper Classes and Andean Imaginaries 74

Russell Wallace
4 An Interview with Russell Wallace 95

Beverley Diamond
5 Mixing It Up: A Comparative Approach to Sami Audio Production 106

Henry Stobart
6 Creative Pragmatism: Competency and Aesthetics in Bolivian Indigenous Music Video (VCD) Production 127

Linda Barwick
7 Keepsakes and Surrogates: Hijacking Music Technology at Wadeye (Northwest Australia) 156

Thomas R. Hilder
8 The Politics of Virtuality: Sami Cultural Simulation through Digital Musical Media 176

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Rochester Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781580465731
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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