Sounds of Secrets

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Raymond Ammann

Field Notes on Ritual Music and Musical Instruments on the Islands of Vanuatu

ISBN 978-3-643-80130-2
Band-Nr. 7
Jahr 2012
Seiten 320
Bindung broschiert
Reihe KlangKulturStudien/SoundCultureStudies

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Double flute, shoulder flute and large standing slit drums with carved
decorations are only a few of the unique musical instruments used in the
islands of Vanuatu. People of this South Pacific archipelago live, in
many ways, according to their traditional cultures and conduct their
ritualsand ceremonies as their great-grand-fathers did.

This book deals comprehensivelywith traditional musical instruments and
their role and function in ceremonies. Music, dance, and musical
instruments are not only means to highlight certain moments in
ceremonies, but help to set up an entire network of secrets.

The field notes, personal opinions and ideas in this book are the result
of an intensive study of over twenty years on music in south Melanesia.
This is the first reference book on the music of Vanuatu that
constitutes an invaluable source for musicologists and anthropologists
alike and will surprise general readers with its interesting and lively

Raymond Ammann is a Swiss ethnomusicologist and his main field of
research is Melanesia.

David Becker is an American cultural photographer who has lived for more
than 25 years in Melanesian countries and documents the life style of
the Melanesian people with his photographs.