A scholar and trained performer of Balinese vocal music and dance, ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst brings unique talents to bear in this provocative book. The lessons of his Balinese masters enable him to offer fresh insight to this culture's aesthetics and cultural elements. Appropriating John Cage's effective style of mixing theory, anecdote, context, philosophy, and humor, Herbst crafts an accessible body of work, compelling in substance and form. By merging the Balinese concept of place-time-context with Cage's concepts of structure, method, and form, [Herbst] returns to the critical issue of what scholars and intercultural artists are doing, and 'what' is their 'object' under study. Undergraduates and scholars in fields as varied as theater studies and anthropology will find this book and companion CD (in print editions) an important resource not only for its knowledgeable treatment of Balinese culture, but as an example of a more personal and engaging style of scholarly discourse. The ebook edition includes embedded audio.
AUTHOR: EDWARD HERBST is an ethnomusicologist on the board of directors of Arbiter Records and former assistant editor of Ethnomusicology. JUDITH BECKER is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. RENE T. A. LYSLOFF is an associate professor of music at the University of California, Riverside.