Bamboo Murmurs: Music, History, and Place in Bandung, Indonesia
How do the sonorous qualities of raw materials contribute to musical and social processes, styles, and meanings?
How do urbanites maintain a connection to the land in the face of modernity?
What are some musical ways to craft localized responses to global environmental, social, and economic problems?
What is music-making’s role in responding to modern problems of identity and sustainability?
Over the past decade, residents of Bandung, Indonesia, have been reviving bamboo musical instruments in inventive ways. Bamboo Murmurs seeks to understand how this bamboo renaissance helps individuals fashion uniquely Sundanese places, histories, and identities by considering bamboo’s long-standing prominence in the ecology of highland West Java, its versatility as a sound-producing material, the kinds of cooperative musical processes that are compatible with bamboo technologies, and the symbolic associations that have accrued over the generations to bamboo music-making. By linking these realms of human endeavor, Bamboo Murmurs contributes to a dialogue about the interrelationships of cultural, natural, and human resources.
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