Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MUREL is back!

After a long sleep the MUREL-Blog will be reactivated from now. 
The main intention is to comment the new concept of the project EthnoMusicScape. This concept has the focus to extend the documentation of music styles and cultures not only on web-pages but also in a 3D-environment of a virtual reality like Second Life or OS. All webpages of EthnoMusicScape will be re-processed in the next time and get a link to an immersive interactive virtual scenery.
The first finished ones are:

- Music in Afghanistan and

- Music of the Maldives:

The virtual scenery can be visited here: .
With clicking on a rezzer-box, the scenery will appear and can be explored. Links guide the visitor back to the webpage for further information.
Of course requires a participation in a virtual world an account and the creation of an avatar as well as the download and installation of a viewer-software

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Two New Publications

Ulme-mini-verlag has published two new pocket books with additional CD-ROM. One in the edu-/infotainment section with the title "Zerstöre niemals ein Vogelnest" (Never Destroy a Birdnest). It contains bilingual poems (German/Dari) of the Afghan poet Ahmad Zia Hadi:

The other book has academic content and focuses on the topic "Music between Virtuality and Materiality".

Five articles written by Klaus Martius, James Isabirye and Martina Claus-Bachmann try to approach the topic from different angles, from the perspective of conservational work in museums, from the subculture Steampunk, from the music instrument tube fiddle in Uganda, from music in Afghanistan and experiments to create eLearning environment for the Indonesian Gamelan in the virtuality:

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Virtual Academy at Space 4 Art in Second Life

The Private Academy for Cultural Studies PAKCS has a new home. On the sim Space 4 Art in Second Life our builder Asmita Duranjaya has created a special academy platform with the necessary media including a library. In the moment still the steampunk topic can be studied but there are also many other topics provided in the video collection. The next topic will be music in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Afghanistan museum in Second Life and its founder Trill Zapatero.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Publication on Islamic influenced Music in Indonesia

The ethnomusicologist Dr. Uwe U. Paetzold has sent this interesting link concerning a new publication on music research in Indonesia:
Additionally Uwe has sent a link to a list of entries in the German Dance Archive/Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln giving an overview of the martial art Pencak Silat, which is in parts of Indonesia a sonic and kinetic form of art too; here is the download:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wayang PoTeHi - A Chinese Type of Puppet Theatre in Indonesia

Abb. 5: A Wayang PoTeHi stage in the night as a replacement for a missing TV at home

PD Dr. Martina Claus-Bachmann has decided to publish her article on Wayang PoTeHi or Po Te Hi online. The printed version is available with the title: "Portative dreifache Zuflucht im urbanen Alptraum: Wayang Potehi in Jakarta". In: Christ, Heidi (Hg.): Musik verbindet uns. Festschrift für Marianne Bröcker. Uffenheim 2006:65-76.
An English translation is in progress. The Abstract informs on the content: Der Artikel befasst sich mit musik- und allgemein kulturbezogener Identitätsstabilisierung in der Situation der Migration und generationenübergreifender Tradierung kulturellen Kapitals in der Zielgesellschaft durch portative Strategien. Als Beispiel aus eigener Feldforschung wird das sogenannte Wayang Potehi, ein chinesisches Puppenspiel in der indonesischen Hauptstadt Jakarta ethnographisch beobachtet, beschrieben, mit den gleichnamigen Formen in Malaysia und Taiwan verglichen sowie kulturwissenschaftlich interpretiert.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Steampunk - now in English! - a profound analysis on the music of the steampunk culture by Martina Claus-Bachmann is now available in English thanks to the journalist Miriam Evanier! Don't miss this multimedia webpage with tons of audio- and video examples! Install the quicktime-plugin before use...