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p. xvip. 11. Overview: sound and settinglocked

  • Mark Slobin


‘Overview: sounds and settings’ attempts to place folk music in a broad social context. There is no fixed definition of folk music. Indeed, even the International Folk Music Council have given up! Outside the West, ‘folk’ is a foreign concept brought in by travellers, and folk music constantly adapts to survive in the modern world. One concept links all folk music however — that of everyday musical invention. Science can describe folk music in terms of sound energy, and scholars can gain understandings of meaning through sociological and anthropological fieldwork. However, folk music at its heart is indeterminate.

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