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World Music: Traditions and Transformations
World Music: Traditions and Transformations

World Music: Traditions and Transformations, 4th Edition

ISBN10: 1264296053 | ISBN13: 9781264296057
By Michael Bakan
© 2024

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World Music: Traditions and Transformations has long been a market leader among introductory-level textbooks on diverse global music. It assumes no prior education in music and avoids the use of notation. Though written principally for non-music majors, it is appropriate for courses enrolling non-music and music students alike. The work’s unique traditions-and-transformations approach offers a coherent pathway to exploring the world’s music, from ancient to contemporary genres and experimental to top-of-the-charts popular styles. Key features retained from the previous edition—the introductory chapters on basic elements of music and culture, clear and easy-to-follow Guided Listening Experience sections, Musical Guided Tour slide shows, Online Musical Illustrations, and Insights & Perspectives boxed features—provide valuable resources for immersive and interactive learning. Embedded links in the digital text now make all the audio and video recordings available with a single click.

Part 1
CHAPTER 1: What, in the World, Is Music?
CHAPTER 2: How Music Lives: A Musicultural Approach
CHAPTER 3: How Music Works: Part I: Rhythm
CHAPTER 4: How Music Works: Part II: Pitch
CHAPTER 5: How Music Works: Part III: Dynamics, Timbre, and Instruments
CHAPTER 6: How Music Works: Part IV: Texture and Form

Part 2
CHAPTER 7: Indonesian Gamelan Music: Interlocking Rhythms, Interlocking Worlds
CHAPTER 8: From Raga to Bollywood: Developments and Intercultural Crossings in Indian Music
CHAPTER 9: 'Not the Same, but Just as Nice': Traditions and Transformations in Irish Music
CHAPTER 10: The River and the Path: Conversation and Collective Expression in West African Musics
CHAPTER 11: From the Blues to Beyoncé: Black Music Aesthetics and a History of African American SongCHAPTER 12: "We Don't Play Sauce": Latin American Musics from Guaguanco to Latin Trap
CHAPTER 13: Story Songs: Indigenous Traditions and Transformations in Alaska Native Music and Dance
CHAPTER 14: From Baladi to Belly Dance: Rhythm, Dance, and Music in Egypt and Beyond
CHAPTER 15: A Musicultural History of the Chinese Zheng

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Michael Bakan

Michael B. Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of Ethnomusicology/World Music in the College of Music at Florida State University, where he also directs the university’s Balinese gamelan ensemble and the Music-Play Project, a program for children on the autism spectrum and their families. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Awards (1998, 2010). His first book, Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur (University of Chicago Press, 1999), was selected to the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list for the year 2000 and was recognized as one of the two “most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century” in The Times (London). The first edition of World Music: Traditions and Transformations (McGraw-Hill, 2007) has been adopted at more than 100 universities and colleges worldwide. Bakan’s many other publications encompass topics ranging from Indonesian music and world percussion to electronic music technology, early jazz history, film music, multicultural music education, and the ethnomusicology of autism. He is also the series editor of the Routledge Focus on World Music Series. As a percussionist, Bakan has performed with many renowned world music, jazz, and Western classical music artists and ensembles, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Music at Marlboro Festival Orchestra, John Cage, A. J. Racy, Phil Nimmons, I Ketut Sukarata, and the championship beleganjur groups of Batur Tengah and Tatasan Kaja in Bali, Indonesia. He is also an active composer, with traditional and experimental works for Balinese gamelan, world music/jazz fusion pieces, film scores, and modern dance compositions to his credit. Bakan has been a visiting professor or invited lecturer at numerous institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Indiana, and Boston universities; the universities of Chicago, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, and Washington; and the Berklee College of Music. He previously served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southeast/Caribbean Chapter. He and his family live in Tallahassee, Florida.


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