Where rivers and mountains sing

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Where Rivers and Mountains Sing: Sound, Music, and Nomadism in Tuva and Beyond by Theodore Levin (4 star ratings)

Theodore Levin takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo; the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals; and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. As performers from Tuva and other parts of inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Levin follows them to the West, detailing their efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of their music traditions.
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Where Rivers and Mountains Sing takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind.
Theodore Levin

Where Rivers and Mountains Sing

Theodore Levin takes readers on a journey through the rich sonic world of inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo; the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals; and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. As performers from Tuva and other parts of inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Levin follows them to the West, detailing their efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of their music traditions. Where Rivers and Mountains Sing is the account of a journey through the rich sonic world of Inner Asia, where the elemental energies of wind, water, and echo, the ubiquitous presence of birds and animals, and the legendary feats of heroes have inspired a remarkable art and technology of sound-making among nomadic pastoralists. Like the Australian Aboriginals and their much-celebrated "songlines," Inner Asian pastoralists traditionally evoked detailed images of landscape through singing, and sound and music form part of a spiritual relationship with the natural environment that has endured in the face of formidable social and political challenges. As performers from Tuva and other parts of Inner Asia have responded to the growing worldwide popularity of their music, Theodore Levin follows them to the West, and describes their soul-searching efforts to nourish global connections while preserving the power and poignancy of music rooted in an authentic tradition.

Table of contents. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item This is a complex, informationally-dense book that fits well into recent trends toward aural phenomena. Levin beautifully presents his central ideas regarding the spiritual and ecological music making Inner Asia with enchanting and captivating storytelling.

In-Between Two Worlds

Like his first book, The Hundred Thousand Fools of God, the narrative revolves around a search for indigenous traditional music, although this time the geographic area is the small Republic of Tuva, bordering Mongolia and five administrative units of the Russian Federation. This region is renowned for throat-singing — a particular style of singing in which a singers produce a drone note whilst simultaneously generating higher harmonic notes that can form an overlying melody. This music evolved from the herdsman who still move their herds of cattle, sheep and goats between the winter and summer pastures high on rolling grassy mountains of the steppe, and over the generations became highly attuned with the sounds of nature around them. In order to ensure that the animals have enough to eat, the herdsman need to know precisely when the conditions are right to move between seasonal grazing areas. They do this through being aware of the changes in the call of migratory birds, the strength of the winds and the sounds made by running waters in streams and rivers. Levin was determined to record examples of Tuvan music within its natural environment. The book contains many vivid descriptions of excursions to particular rivers, caves and mountains with master musicians looking for the correct natural acoustics to frame their music.

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