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  • The Songlines

    by Bruce Chatwin ...
    Bruce Chatwin provides a fascinating background to indigenous Australian life.The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. Along these lines, Aboriginals passed the songs which revealed the creation of the land and the secrets of its past. In this magical account, Chatwin recalls his travels across the length ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Music Instinct

    How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It

    by Philip Ball ...
    Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? How do we make sense of musical sound?These are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now The Music Instinct explores how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music. ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Sound of Pictures

    Listening to the Movies, from Hitchcock to High Fidelity

    by Andrew Ford ...
    The Sound of Pictures is an illuminating journey through the soundtracks of more than 400 films. How do filmmakers play with sound? And how does that affect the way we watch their movies? Whether pop or classical, sweeping or sparse, music plays a crucial role in our cinematic experience. Other sounds can be even more evocative: the sounds of nature, of cities and of voices.In The Sound of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Music Instinct Brain Shot

    by Philip Ball ...
    All human cultures seem to make music - today and through history. But why they do so, why music can excite deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all are questions that have, until recently, remained profoundly mysterious. Now in The Music Instinct Brain Shot Philip Ball provides the first comprehensive, accessible survey of what is known - and what is still unknown - about how ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Singing Saltwater Country

    Journey to the songlines of Carpentaria

    At twenty John Bradley was sent to teach Aboriginal children in a school at remote Borroloola, on the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Australia.But it is the teacher who is educated by the Yanyuwa elders and their families. Over three decades he learns their language and their country, becoming intimately drawn into other ways of being, both practical and spiritual. With passion and pride they ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD

  • Check the Technique

    Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

    by Brian Coleman ...
    A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortalsIt’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have always been reduced to a list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs. That’s a damn shame, ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • The Armenian Duduk

    A Complete Guide

    by Dave Tawfik ...
    The Armenian Duduk: A complete guide is probably one of the few books in English that covers all you need to know, to be able to play this elusive and exotically haunting instrument. The book goes over the fundamental basics of the instrument, how to hold it, proper hand technique, and gives exercises to help develop the beginner into being able to play basic pieces. The book then moves onto the ... Read more

    $14.66 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Chances and Choices

    Exploring the Impact of Music Education

    In Chances and Choices, Stephanie Pittssurveys the aims and impact of formative musical experiences, evaluating the extent to which music education of various kinds provides a foundation for lifelong involvement and interest in music. Pitts draws upon rich qualitative data from her own extensive original study of over 100 adults with an active interest in music in the UK and Italy to address ... Read more

    $59.99 AUD

  • Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction

    by Timothy Rice ...
    series Very Short Introductions
    Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to properly address these questions, we must study music in all its geographical and historical diversity ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Poetry of the Blues

    series Dover Books On Music: Folk Songs
    "A signal event in the history of the music." — Ted Gioia, author of The Delta BluesMusicologist and writer Samuel Charters (1929–2015) considered blues lyrics a profound cultural expression that could connect all people who love poetry. A pioneer in the exploration of world music, Charters conducted research that brought obscure musicians of the American South and Appalachia into the mainstream. ... Read more

    $14.60 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Modernizing Composition

    Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka

    by Garrett Field ...
    series South Asia Across the Disciplines
    A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more.The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of ... Read more


  • Sangeet Aarohee: An Essential Study of Hindustani Classical Music

    …A concise yet extensive coverage of various aspects of Hindustani Classical Music.…48 well-crafted chapters……Different terms used in Hindustani Music are defined in simple terms……A lucid explanation of the science behind music, including vibratios, frequency, naad, shruti, swar, raga, thaat and various musical compositions……The journey of Hindustani Music from the Vedic ages to the modern age ... Read more

    $11.14 AUD

  • Mosaic of Music: Mystery of Percussion and Dance

    Mosaic of Music: This book is for all followers and anyone interested in the art of belly dancing, Arabic music or percussion. Learn to understand the music and the rhythms that evolve areound the dance. Play cymbals better and understand the music completely so you can be a vision of the music. ... Read more

    $7.97 AUD

  • Musicology: The Key Concepts

    series Routledge Key Guides
    Now in an updated 2nd edition, Musicology: The Key Concepts is a handy A-Z reference guide to the terms and concepts associated with contemporary musicology. Drawing on critical theory with a focus on new musicology, this updated edition contains over 35 new entries including:AutobiographyMusic and ConflictDeconstructionPostcolonialism... ... Read more

    $50.99 AUD

  • Community Music in Oceania

    Many Voices, One Horizon

    Community Music in Oceania: Many Voices, One Horizon makes a distinctive contribution to the field of community music through the experiences of its editors and contributors in music education, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and music performance. Covering a wide range of perspectives from Australia, Timor-Leste, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea, the essays ... Read more

    $39.99 AUD

  • Beyond Exoticism

    Western Music and the World

    series Refiguring American Music
    In Beyond Exoticism, Timothy D. Taylor considers how western cultures’ understandings of racial, ethnic, and cultural differences have been incorporated into music from early operas to contemporary television advertisements, arguing that the commonly used term “exoticism” glosses over such differences in many studies of western music. Beyond Exoticism encompasses a range of musical genres and ... Read more

    $32.99 AUD

  • Punk Ethnography

    Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies

    series Music / Culture
    This ground-breaking case study examines record production as ethnographic work. Since its founding in 2003, Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies has produced world music recordings that have been received as radical, sometimes problematic critiques of the practices of sound ethnography. Founded by punk rocker brothers Alan and Richard Bishop, along with filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the label ... Read more

    $27.99 AUD

  • Musical Ethics and Islam

    The Art of Playing the Ney

    by Banu Senay ...
    After the establishment of the Turkish Republic, Turkey's secularized society disdained the ney, the Sufi reed flute long associated with Islam. The instrument's remarkable revival in today's cities has inspired the creation of teaching and learning sites that range from private ney studios to cultural and religious associations and from university clubs to mosque organizations.Banu Şenay ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • Representing African Music

    Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions

    by Kofi Agawu ...
    The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This book also poses the question then, ... Read more

    $77.99 AUD

  • Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age

    The experimentalist phenomenon of 'noise' as constituting 'art' in much twentieth-century music (paradoxically) reached its zenith in Cage’s (’silent’ piece) 4’33. But much post-1970s musical endeavour with an experimentalist telos, collectively known as 'sound art', has displayed a postmodern need to ’load’ modernism’s ’degree zero’. After contextualizing experimentalism from its inception in the ... Read more

    $90.99 AUD

  • Korea and the Western Drumset: Scattering Rhythms

    by Simon Barker ...
    series SOAS Studies in Music
    For over a century, drummers have been turning to a variety of percussive traditions as prompts for the creation of new expressive possibilities on the drumset. In this book, Simon Barker sets out in detail the developmental processes he has followed creating an improvisational language for the drumset utilizing Korean rhythm/sticking cells, aesthetic conceptions, improvisatory codes, and ... Read more

    $71.99 AUD

  • Nagauta

    The Heart of Kabuki Music

    This study of Japanese music explore Nagauta or literally "long song"--the delicate and complex music that accompanies kabuki theater--in great detail.The Kabuki theater of Japan has achieved a growing reputation as one of the world's most brilliant achievements in the field of theater. And the number of studies made on the subject in the West has been considerable. Yet, in spite of the fact that ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Gilberto Gil's Refazenda

    series 33 1/3 Brazil
    Refazenda connects a remarkable album by one of the 20th and 21st centuries' great musicians to a dazzling, often unexpected, array of people and places spread across the globe from Brazil to England to Chile to Japan. Critics and fans often project (or impose) desires and interpretations onto Gil that don't seem to fit. This book explores why familiar political and musical categories so often ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

  • Kindred Chords

    Australian Musical Families

    Kindred Chords: Australian Musical Families is the first book of its kind in Australia, a book that introduces readers to 27 Australian musical families from across musical genres to provide a glimpse into the extraordinary creativity of Australian musicians and their musical families - the interactions, the influences, the sharing of ideas, the love and support, the special bonds.The author, ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus