Saturday, January 30, 2010


Friday, September 4, 2009


Outstanding Balinese gamelan beleganjur contest video

Here is a great video of a lomba beleganjur (beleganjur contest) performance shot in Bali in 2005. Highly recommended for the unit on kreasi beleganjur music in Chapter 7 of World Music: Traditions and Transformations.

Monday, August 31, 2009


Error on p. 46 (re: Warao songs)

Please note that in the Insights and Perspectives box on p. 46, there is an error: Warao shamanistic inflicting songs ascend, whereas the curing songs descend. The reverse is stated in the text. This will be fixed in the next edition of the book. Thanks to Tim Watkins for bringing this error to my attention. I apologize for the error. -mb

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Wesleyan Virtual Instrument Museum

Fantastic resource. YouTube clips of demonstrations on 54 instruments from diverse world cultures, played by master performers. Includes many African percussion and Javanese gamelan instruments, steel drums, and much more.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


FSU Gamelan alumnus wins Guenter Schwarz Memorial Scholar Award in physics


FSU third in nation in arts research

Rankings released by Science Watch rank Florida State University third among U.S. universities for most published papers in performing arts disciplines. FSU's ethnomusicology program was among those identified as being "at the cutting edge of research." Take this link for related article.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Erratum notice from McGraw-Hill (gongon v. dawuro)


Due to an editing error in preparing for a reprint of World Music: Traditions and Transformations a term appears inconsistently in the coverage of Fontomfrom music on pages 192-195 of the text. Both gongon and dawuro are used to refer to an iron bell used in this music. The term dawuro is preferred and should have been used throughout. The first printing of the text used only the term gongon, and this is also the term used throughout the online audio Musical Guided Tour for this material.

We regret the error and any confusion it might cause.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Listing of ethnomusicologists' blogs

Here is a quite comprehensive, annotated listing of blogs by ethnomusicologists (with links). A very helpful resource compiled by Barbara Alge of the University of Vienna. Thanks, Barbara!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


New videos from Mali, West Africa (2009)

Here are a couple of great video clips to supplement Chapter 10:

Malian bala (balafon) virtuoso Issa Keita in performance:

A Dogon masked dance in Tireli, Mali:

Thanks to Eli Newberger for sending these links to me. 

Friday, March 13, 2009


Great new YouTube links

Here are a couple of additional great YouTubes for your courses. See giant list of YouTubes and other links in this blog for hundreds more! -mb

1. Kora and bala clip featuring Mamadou Diabate on kora and the OTHER Mamadou Diabate on bala. Perfect supplement to discussion of kora and MD in Chapter 10.

2. "Mission Impossible"theme by Indonesian jazz fusion band and gamelan. Great and fun addition to Chapter 7 intercultural gamelan fusion section, and as a general example of the "traditions and transformations" theme of the text/course.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


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Full-semester course syllabus, schedule, lecture notes, study guides, assignments

Attached are the files from my Fall 2007 world music course at FSU (15-week semester). The lecture note docs include embedded youtube links, as well as references to the book's CD set tracks and online listening resources. This particular course was for music majors, but I have included lecture notes docs for Chs. 1-6 for both music major and nonmajor courses (the other chapters I treat more or less the same in both contexts). I have also included the take-home self-study assignments that I used for Chapters 12 and 14 (which we did not cover in the lectures), study guides for the two exams, and instructions for a student musicultural journal assignment. I hope you find these resources helpful in the planning of your own courses using World Music: Traditions and Transformations. -mb


P.S. Links to tudy guides for exams 1 and 2 were formerly reversed. Sorry. Fixed now.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Giant world music youtube links list

Take the link below to a list of hundreds of youtube video clips, organized by chapter, that connect to my textbook WORLD MUSIC: TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS. Lots of cool stuff, and great for livening up lectures, giving students supplementary viewing/listening experiences, etc. -mb


Thursday, July 17, 2008


Autism in academia article from Chronicle

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Javanese gamelan teaching resources

Take this link to a beautifully clear photo of the University of Wisconsin's Central Javanese gamelan. Hold cursor over any instrument and it will bring up the instrument's name. Click on any instrument and it will link you to close-up photos and instrument descriptions. Beyond the photo, the website as a whole is excellent. A very nice resource for teaching!

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