Interviews with ethnomusicologists

Neil Sorrell interviewed by Carolyn Landau. (2 of 2).

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  • Interviewees

    Sorrell, Neil (speaker, male, interviewee)

  • Interviewers

    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female, interviewer)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female

  • Abstract

    Track 2 [00:20:26] [Session one, continued: 15 July 2010] Discussion of experiences of making field recordings over the years. Mentions first recording trip and large amount of equipment obtained for this. Describes first attempts at recording musicians in Java and ethical implications. Compares experiences in Indonesia and India; description of interactions with musicians in both contexts and ethical considerations when making field recordings. Describes large cassette recorder NS took with him on early field trips and logistic difficulties encountered due to size of machine. [7:20] Mentions unique hybrid instrument he recorded at one stage. Mentions making secondary recordings, such as radio recordings, and interviews. [9:10] Mentions first trip to India and photographic equipment. [10:04] Mentions location, contents and size of his collections. Discussion of what NS will do with his collections in future, mentions archive at York University. Further descriptions of contents and quality of his recordings. Mentions recordings made in Paris for his book on India Indian music (‘Indian Music in Performance: a practical introduction’, Manchester University Press, 1980, with Ram Narayan). Mentions archive of composer John Foulds, donated by Foulds’ son and how NS has used this for his own research. End of track.

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    Interview with Neil Sorrell (2 of 2). The ethnomusicologist talks about his research. Interviewer: Carolyn Landau.

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