FELD

(sorry i did tuesdays post for today! my bad, heres todays post)

The transition of music from its original context into something “dubbed” or rather appropriated is discussed in Felds article. The geneology of sounds is completely disrespected- much like taking pictures at the Dartmouth Pow Wow would go against spiritual beliefs of the people. By this I mean that the original intent of the music or performance is ignored or disrespected by a Western person/group. But the people who made the music in the beginning didn’t have the resources to contest the copy-write issues or maybe didn’t even know about the asymmetry of power that existed outside the Solomon Islands. Sacredness is ignored, as culture becomes generalized and sounds become “forced grooves” according to Feld. Sacredity if that is a word doesn’t necessarily have to refer to rituals or religiosity but rather the essence of something- something powerful and unique that is unsullied.

There are asymmetries of power that exist. As I said before- the people who originally made the lullaby didn’t know or didn’t have the power to change are placed at a lower ranking- they don’t get the royalties from their music and they don’t have the popularity that the other group does. There is a relationship between people, institutions and states that pervades his article in terms of a disjunctive and inequality between the way in which they interact.

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