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The sounds of people and birds: music, memory, and longing among the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia

Rudge, A; (2019) The sounds of people and birds: music, memory, and longing among the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia. Hunter Gatherer Research , 4 (1) pp. 3-23. 10.3828/hgr.2018.2. Green open access

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Abstract

Through combining ethnography of human-bird interactions with analysis of Batek discourses on musical instrument playing, this paper describes the emotional entanglements between human and non-human persons in the Batek’s forest. The argument is made that sound-making and listening are privileged means of deepening the relationships between people and birds, and that these relationships then come to be part of what defines people’s sense of being Batek. Ways of understanding how sound, environment, memory and emotion intertwine are presented, speaking to broader debates surrounding the role of ‘music’ in hunting and gathering societies.

Type: Article
Title: The sounds of people and birds: music, memory, and longing among the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3828/hgr.2018.2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3828/hgr.2018.2
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Batek, music, birds, Peninsular Malaysia, memory, emotion
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064678
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