Music worlding in Palau : chanting, atmospheres, and meaningfulness /

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Amsterdam University Press,, Volume 14, Amsterdam, Netherlands, p.204 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00929383, (OCoLC)fst01030269, fast, Folk music, Folk music., History and criticism., Music, Music., Palau


Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-202) and index.'Music Worlding in Palau: Chanting, Atmospheres, and Meaningfulness' is a detailed study of the performing arts in Palau, Micronesia as holistic techniques enabling the experiential corporeality of music's meaningfulness - that distinctly musical way of making sense of the world with which the felt body immediately resonates but which, to a significant extent, escapes interpretive techniques. Drawing on long-term ethnographic research alongside Pacific Islander and neo-phenomenological conceptual frameworks, 'Music Worlding' distinguishes between meaning(s) and meaningfulness in Palauan music-making. These are not binary phenomena, but deeply intertwined. However, unlike meaning, meaningfulness to a significant extent suspends language and is thus often prematurely considered ineffable. The book proposes a broader understanding of how the performing arts give rise to a sense of meaningfulness whose felt-bodily affectivity is pivotal to music-making and lived realities. 'Music Worlding' thus seeks to draw the reader closer to the holistic complexity of music-making both in Palau and more generally.