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Sakha Music Business

Mission, Contracts, and Social Relations in the Developing Post-Socialist Market Economy

Aimar Ventsel

This article is about the Sakha music business and the people involved in it. It discusses different strategies of making music and shows that different music genres have their own setting of social relations. Due to the specific economic and social situation, social relations in the music business are often informal. The classic theory of the cultural industry states that producing music is a calculated market economy-oriented activity. This article questions such an approach and shows that social and cultural ideas are present in the music-making process. The Sakha music business cannot be seen as only a profit-oriented sphere. Whereas producers and musicians are interested in formal, contract-based relations in purely economic cases, the informality maintains its importance. Ideas of solidarity and mutual support are linked to the perception of being in one music community, which uses different elements of Sakha culture in their music. As is demonstrated in the article, incorporation of Sakha motives is not only a marketing strategy but also a way for musicians and producers to act as carriers of the Sakha culture whose mission is to develop it.

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Musical Traditions and Ceremonies of Bukhara

Alexander B. Djumaev

The author considers Bukharian musical traditions as multi-cultural phenomena which demonstrate different types of syntheses - pre-Islamic and Islamic elements, inter-confessional cooperation and mutual influences of ethnic groups and peoples living in the city. Various factors, such as climatic conditions, traditional architecture and the inclination of its citizens towards musical entertainment, have influenced the development of traditional music in Bukhara. The main genres of musical art are considered in the framework of traditions of urban life. The author sees this trait of Bukharian culture and mentality as reflecting a duality: religiousness but also an intense love of secular pleasures in which music will always play an important role.

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Performances of Closeness and the Staging of Resistance with Mainstream Music

Analyzing the Symbolism of Pandemic Skeptical Protests

Anna Schwenck

constitute a step toward meeting their demand that the Grundgesetz be taken more seriously. 5 By analyzing pandemic-skeptical symbols—visual signs and music—and their meaning to protesters themselves, I will argue that pandemic skeptics conceive of the

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‘Men Don't Cry Over Women’

Expressions of Love and Grief in Egyptian Popular Music

Ahmed Abdelazim

you, I won't be able to live’. The expression of vulnerability, depression and helplessness of a man who is dumped by his female lover has become, in recent years, a common theme in the lower-working-class music referred to as mahragānāt , the

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The Value of Curating Music

Francesco Venturi

The purpose of this article is to show how thinking in terms of value can offer a meaningful strategy for addressing the issues of curating live music. The research started in 2018 and is based on interviews, theoretical development and

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Jazz Improvisation and Creolizing Phenomenology

Craig Matarrese

engage their sonic situation, and the way they can hear descriptions from others, will give some sense to what Sidney Bechet meant in saying that “music gives you its own understanding of itself.” 2 Creolizing Phenomenology First, I would like to

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Toward a Naturalized Aesthetics of Film Music

An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Intramusical and Extramusical Meaning

Timothy Justus

Intramusical and Extramusical Meaning In Howards End (1910), E.M. Forster beautifully captured an essential question in the cognitive science of music. Early in the story, the Schlegel siblings attend a performance of Beethoven's Fifth

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Streaming platforms and the music industry crisis in Cameroon

Ute Röschenthaler

Cameroon's vibrant music industry has suffered greatly from the music piracy crisis of the 1990s and 2000s. Digital technology and the establishment of the necessary infrastructure for using it made the copying of music easy and permitted growing

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The digitalisation of the music industry in Brazil

A new productive structure, the legal framework and challenges for peripheral music in the digital age

Leonardo De Marchi

The year 2022 was a milestone for the music industry in Brazil. In April, the pop singer Anitta reached the number one position in the Billboard Global parade, placing herself as one of a selected list of international music stars from Brazil

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Boys on the Outer

Themes in Male Engagement with Music

Scott Harrison

This paper examines the cause of exclusionary practices in music, documenting the core values that underpin this issue in relation to males’ engagement with music. The focus for the paper is on the way in which gender has been one of the primary principles for the exclusion of boys, based on presumptions without foundation except in the erroneous hegemonic stereotypical images that prevail in social institutions such as schools. Through historical investigation of philosophy and practice combined with results from interviews with participants, the study reveals experiences in relation to genderbased exclusion from music. It concludes by offering an insight into approaches that deal with addressing this issue.