Interviews with ethnomusicologists

Richard Widdess interviewed by Carolyn Landau. (2 of 2).

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  • Interviewees

    Widdess, Richard (speaker, male, interviewee)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female, interviewer)

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    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female

  • Abstract

    Track 2 [36:49] [Session one, continued: 14 July 2010] Outlines involvement in UK Chapter of IFMC. Mentions Jeremy and Gwen Montague’s involvement. Also founding editor of British Journal of Ethnomusicology. Mentions death of John Blacking. Describes relationship with ICTM and decision to change name to British Forum of Ethnomusicology. Attributes name to Suzel Reily and describes process of name change. [07:40] Describes how they were distinguished from SEM or ICTM. Reflects on how the journal came about, mentioning Carole Pegg, David Hughes and John Baily. Describes process of designing Journal. Comments effect of Martin Clayton and Routledge’s subsequent involvement. [11:30] Comments on development of BFE. Policy initially to only accept papers from the UK. Describes debates about wisdom of having another journal. [15:13] Mentions involvement in Journal of Early Music. [16:05] Comments on historical ethnomusicology and history now using more recent sources. Mentions conference with Rembrandt Wolpert and Elizabeth Markham. Describes legacy of Picken - Rembrandt and Elizabeth still working on Tang Music project. Mentions Allan Marrett’s student, ‘Collie Ing’ [name transcribed from interview, awaiting confirmation]. Mentions Stephen Nelson who now says the Picken hypothesis was correct. [20:50] Comments on making recordings. Recorded Dhrupad festival on Uher. Didn't use spool tape after India trip. Moved to cassettes, then DAT and most recently solid state flash drive recording. Now often uses video. [25:08] Describes reasons for making recordings and what he has done with them. Comments on importance of Dhrupad after revival. [20:44] Reflects that in Nepal the music is so embedded in society that video recordings are essential. Video sound is usually good enough although the automatic record level function can be problematic. [32:25] Outlines content of Navras Records CD and CDRom with Wajahat Khan, published 2006. [34:30] Describes how recordings can be research tool in the field.

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

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