Global Sound

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Amherst College

(Offered as MUSI 124 and FAMS 310.) This course explores the global scale of much music-making and musical consumption today. Migration, diaspora, war, tourism, postsocialist and postcolonial change, commerce, and digital technology have all profoundly reshaped the way musics are created, circulated, and consumed. These forces have also illuminated important ethical, legal, and aesthetic issues concerning intellectual property rights and the nature of musical authorship, the appropriation of "traditional" musics by elites in the global North, and local musical responses to transnational music industries, for instance. Through a series of case studies that will include performances and workshops by visiting musicians, Global Sound will examine how musics animate processes of globalization and how globalization affects musics by establishing new social, cultural, and economic formations. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Engelhardt.

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Global Sound
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Jeffers Engelhardt

TTH 08:30AM-09:50AM

ARMU 212