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The Oberlin Review

On the Record with Ethnomusicologist Aaron Fox

March 31, 2017

Aaron Fox is an associate professor of music and ethnomusicology and the director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His educational background demonstrates the intersection of fields in which he works; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Fox collaborates with Oberlin Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara on repatriating recorded Native music and has wr...

Talk Underscores Intersection of Political Activism, World Music

Talk Underscores Intersection of Political Activism, World Music

February 20, 2015

Aviva Blonder Staff Writer Rebekah Moore was still getting used to speaking in English again at her talk this past Monday, “Music and Activism and Ethnomusicology in Action: Lessons from the Field.” At the talk, Moore discussed her work in Indonesia over the past six years and delineated connections between music and activism. “[Music] can help us to understand a lot about what it is to be human,” she said. Moore first visited Indonesia while completing her master’s degree. “I was...

World Music Raises Questions of Ownership Ethics

Willa Rubin

April 12, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

The genre of “world music” is not as open as it seems, claims David Novak OC ’92, an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara. In his Tuesday lecture, “Ethnomusicology, World Music and the Public Sphere,” Novak argued that issues of access to recording devices and limitations of creative freedom through copyright and intellectual property laws have created many new questions to ask of all forms of media. According to Novak, many ethnomusicologists consider North American music engineers, recording local artists’ music internationally and selling it on the Internet to be imperialistic. There are many Western artists, like Paul Simon, who has recorded tracks for songs in Africa and Southeast...

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