Interviews with ethnomusicologists

Donald Tayler and Brian Moser interviewed by Carolyn Landau. (1 of 2)

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  • Interviewees

    Tayler, Donald (speaker, male, interviewee), Moser, Brian (speaker, male

  • Interviewers

    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female, interviewer)

  • Recordist

    Landau, Carolyn (speaker, female

  • Abstract

    Track 1 [1:12:29] [Session 1: 13 May 2010] Donald Tayler (DT), born Vancouver Island, June 1931. Brian Moser (BM), born Chelsea, London, January 1935. DT describes upbringing and musical memories. Mention of mother playing piano and himself learning guitar and piano. Describes musical experiences in Canada where he was sent during war. Describes finding music in Colombia. BM mention of publications – 3 LPs – of ethnographic recordings they made in Colombia, as well as entire collection of recordings, as held by the British Library. Mention of how these first went to British Institute of Recorded Sound and to Patrick Saul and Lucy Durán. BM tells story of his father playing piano during the blitz in London. [8:04] Mention of they both attending explorers and travellers club at Oxford University.BM describes trip to North Borneo to Dusen tribe, where they made recordings on a machine loaned by the BBC. Description of recording equipment used for expedition to Colombia: a Fi-Chord and a Nagra. Mention of recording group of fishermen – the Yarn? – in Malawai with Fi-Chord. BM mentions of working for Granada, first as producer, later as Latin American specialist. Description of travelling down the Amazon with recording equipment. Mention of Nagra tape recorder and the Bolex movie camera, both of which fell into the Amazon when going down rapid, surviving due to being inside a milk churn. Description of tribes looking after the team. Description of man, Ignasio Valencio, who has been looking after the Moloka for years. Discussion of subsequent trips down Amazon: trials encountered, people involved, roles taken and equipment used. 19:25: Description of making recordings. Mention of Motilon war songs, Cuna pipes. Mention of choosing music for Disappearing World series. Mention of returning to Semblas islands some years later and finding same dances. Mention of published discs. [24:15] Description of time at Cambridge and how expedition came about. DT mentions studying engineering followed by geography and anthropology and meeting BM. Describes relationship with the National Geographic. Mentions a man from St Catherine’s College, Cambridge making recordings in the Tibesti Mountains in North Africa. Describes a group of anthropologists that used to meet together in Cambridge. Mention of an expedition to Peru, studying high altitude mice in the Andes, using a tape recorder. BM describes time in New Guinea after undergraduate studies in Cambridge. DT mentions trip to Colombia in 1959 with David Stoddart, geographer, and David Trubshore, recording Tunebo Indian music with a battery operated EMI recorder, possibly archiving these with the BBC. Mention of Marie Slocombe who worked there and who they both met in the 1960s. Description of how Anglo-Colombian expedition came about. Describes how aim of trip was to collect music. Describes contact with John Levy, Patrick Saul and Lucy Durán. Mention of LP, ‘Music of the Tukano and Cuna peoples of Colombia’, in 1987. [37:30] Describes relationship with British Institute of Recorded Sound and British Museum. Description of climbing third highest peak in Colombia, La Reina. Description of recording Raphael ? singing Vianatas. Description of healing ceremonies and shamans in south Colombia. Description of changes to indigenous Colombian population and music over the years. Description of political situation in Colombia and its deterioration. Mention of their book, ‘The Cocaine Eaters’. [55:20] Discussion of use and impact of recordings in Colombia, playing them back to people. Mention of indigenous revival. [1:03:05] Description of impact of recordings within academia. DT Mentions the late Helene la Rue in Oxford. Mentions a few references in journals. BM describes loosing tapes in Bogota and lack of resources for preservation of materials in Colombia. Description of impact and making of ethnographic films. End of track.

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    Interview with Donald Tayler and Brian Moser (1 of 2). The two researchers talk about their work. Interviewer: Carolyn Landau.

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