民族音楽学と実証的音楽学 [in Japanese] Ethnomusicology and empirical musicology [in Japanese]
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This article is a reports of one aspect of my studies during the academic visit to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London University from April to July 2006. The most interesting book that I read in the term was Empirical Musicology : Aims, Methods, Prospects edited by Eric Clarke and Nicholas Cook. It lead me to a reaffirmation about the importance of empiricity in ethnomusicological study. What is empirical musicology? The editors say in their book, "There is no useful distinction to be drawn between empirical and non-empirical musicology, because there can be no such thing as a truly non-empirical musicology, " and say, "Empirical musicology can be thought of as musicology that embodies a principled awareness of both the potential to engage with large bodies of relevant data, and the appropriate methods for achieving this." I think the issue is how it is possible to guarantee the reproduction or the retracability of the procedure of a given research to other researchers. The book introduces some empirical methods : 1) Participant-observational fieldwork is the most effective way to obtain a viewpoint as an insider. 2) The study of performance is available by the use of a personal computer with MIDI or with other software for the acoustical analysis----pich extraction, sound spectrum and others. 3) The internet makes possible the sharing of databases. The Humdrum toolkit, useful for the analytical studies of scores, is available through the internet and accessible to anybody.
- Bulletin,Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts
Bulletin,Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (15), 77-83, 2007
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