Monday, September 2, 2019

During all the years of my detailed field-studies in Sri Lanka these two persons have had an important influence on my perception of traditional music in the country. I am very grateful to have met them as a kind of advisors, having guided me through the jungle of contemporary performance practice in Sri Lanka.
This year I have really planned to collect all my field recordings on a big harddisk and give a copy to the National Archive and to Piyasara and his wife Kanthi. I am deeply moved about the fact, that Piyasara will not be available anymore. He and his family with Kanthi and Madhavi are on innumerable recordings, which we used to collect in the years from 1997 to 2016 and I hope this archive of Sri Lankan traditional dance and music will contribute to keep the memory of Piyasara's work alive.
Carlo Fonseka helped me, when I was really in trouble in Sri Lanka concerning a stay of one year as a visiting scholar at the former Institute of Aesthetic Studies, where he has been interim-director at that time. He was an open minded person of great wisdom, huge knowledge and deep understanding of humanity and could very well separate the important from the unimportant. I am very happy, that we could publish together a bi-lingual version of the Sama-Jataka in Sinhala/German. His song "raththaran duwe" has been mentioned and analysed in my publications about Sri Lankan music several times.
Both are in their specific way a huge loss for the Sri Lankan society in my eyes and I am sad to know, that their voice will not be heard anymore. In deepest sympathy - Dr. Martina
I have created a meditation place on my sim interstellART in Second Life; persons, who want to express their sympathy are invited to come there. .

Saturday, June 29, 2019

MUREL has a FacebookGroup now

What is this group about? Well, MUREL is an acronym for MUsicREsearcheLearning.
MusicResearch and eLearning has been founded longtime ago in 2007 to discuss strategies and didactic outlines how the results of music research can be processed and transmitted to interested people with the help of electronic media. The established disciplines in music research care for the research-part, but are relatively uninterested in the part of transmitting the results, except of publishing them in magazines or monographies or storing them with sophisticated methods in archives. There they sometimes "get moldly" and in extreme cases lost in the darkness of oblivion.
The development of the electronic media in the 20th and 21st century has been like a silent revolution and has shed new light on didactic theories and practice. The question was and still is how to use these new options for educational purposes. The emphasis is on the "HOW" not on the question, whether it is in general useful to use them. For the participants of this group there is no doubt, that the electronic devices are an interesting and attractive chance to create learning arrangements with electronic media for the purpose to transmit and mediate results of music research.
But we want to discuss, how this can happen and exchange examples, where it has already happened sucessfully.
Basis for this discussion is my permanent project EthnoMusicScape, where regional and non regional music-cultural systems and their forms of expression are presented in clearly laid out web presentations together with a didactic line how to use them in educational settings.
In my active years at the university I have worked with students, who were equipped with their own notebook, to create some examples. They had to reflect and document their own research, learning and creation process in a so called portfolio.
I published at that time a small volume about: .
Everybody, who is seriously interested in this field and its questions is invited to participate and to contribute.
There might be many more new ideas and possibilities to deal with ethnomusicological research results plus electronic media. I am looking forward to get inspiration!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Rearranged webpage about the Sri Lankan traditional drum gaetabere - If the video-files are not compatible with a browser, there is a download option to view them offline. The content is processed as interactive edutainment for the usage in an educational environment as learning at stations.
See also the sub-page here...

Monday, June 10, 2019

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture

These two contributions of PD Dr. Martina Claus-Bachmann have been published finally and recently in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Music and Culture:

SAGE Reference - The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture:

presents key concepts in the study of music in its cultural context and provides an introduction to the discipline

SAGE Reference - Sri Lanka: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice

SAGE Reference - Buddhism

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Arrangement Of EthnoMusicScape

The MUREL-project ethnomusicscape is overhauled completely: . The old versions of some webpages did not work anymore because of new hard- and software technologies. In former decades an option has been for web-designers to use PowerPoint-presentations and change them to webpages, but these versions are not valid anymore, so that all the content has to be reorganized, which is a hard and exhausting work, cause ethnomusicscape uses files for all senses, text-, audi-, video-files and pictures of all formats.
But I want to let you know, that nothing is forgotten and most of the pages will reappear in the next time. THere will be an actualized list of finished and adapted projects at: .

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Die E-Gitarre als eLearning-Modul

This student-page about the e-guitar is online again and a nice example for an ideal info- or edutainment-module (German language).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Die Tarogato

Die Webpage von Peter Incze zum traditionellen ungarischen Musikinstrument Tarogato ist wieder online => und zwar in einem kompakten Format, als HotPotato-Modul mit Info, Visualisierung und Kreuzworträtsel, also als Infotainment:
The webpage of Peter Incze concerning the traditional Hungarian instrument tarogato is online again as an infotainment-page: