1. Kulturkreise, Culture Areas and Chronotopes: Old Concepts Reconsidered for the Mapping of Music Cultures Today

Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity - Britta Sweers

Marcello Sorce Keller [+-]
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Marcello Sorce Keller, originally a pop music arranger who later repented and became a music scholar, is the author of What Makes Music European (Scarecrow 2012) and, with Linda Barwick, of Italy in Australia’s Musical Landscapes (Lyrebrd 2012). Sorce Keller graduated in composition and social sciences in Milano. He later obtained a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and taught in conservatories and universities in Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Australia, and Malta. Now retired, he spends much of his time playing and composing frivolous music.

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The idea of cultural mapping has often been associated with the “culture area concept”, formulated before World War II by Franz Boas, Alfred L. Kroeber and, most of all, Clarck Wissler. Since then, the sonic profile of our planet has considerably changed, and it could be argued that this old concept of “culture area” is quite inadequate for contemporary ethnomusicology. While not ruling out the usefulness of coming up with new concepts, this chapter thus suggests that the “culture area” concept has often been interpreted and applied in a more restrictive sense than Clark Wissler originally intended, and even the older and nearly forgotten concept of “Kulturkreis” still has something to offer. This is especially the case if it is used in conjunction with the modern knowledge about migrant and transplanted traditions, as well as about cultural change more generally.

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Sorce Keller, Marcello. 1. Kulturkreise, Culture Areas and Chronotopes: Old Concepts Reconsidered for the Mapping of Music Cultures Today. Cultural Mapping and Musical Diversity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781797594. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35823. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35823. Mar 2020

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