Fusing Musical Worlds in Australia: Musical Milestones on the Road to Cross-Cultural Performance
Musicians come to performances with various world views that inform their individual performances. When faced with the potential of playing with musicians from very different backgrounds, performers must make themselves understood to each other in ways that reveal differing conceptual approaches to how music is structured. Obvious musical structures that need to be conceptually navigated are things like scale structure, pitch structure and rhythmic structure. In short an Indian musician hears rhythm differently to an Indonesian musican and/or differently to a Western musician. By using my own personal examples from the fusion of Indonesian gamelan and western popular idioms - as well as anecdotal evidence from numerous other musicians who perform at 'global carnivals' in Australia - I will document some of the more interesting aspects of this process.
Keywords: ethnomusicology, fusion, music, Australia, gamelan, India, Indonesia, global carnival
Dr. Andrew Burton Alter
Head, School of Music, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New England