The topic I decided to write about was ethnomusicology and how it affects the different cultures of the world, past and present. In the beginning, music was used to communicate a culture's message, a form of entertainment and explained their lifestyle. Today's method of expressing that culture's message is similar to that of the past. We will also see how the music began in one part of the world and how all cultures began to share similarities in the ideas they expressed and their method of communication. The instruments that cultures used to communicate their message had similarities because the sounds they needed to produce had to portray some of the same things. The origins of the instruments and the style of sound will also be discussed. The material used to gather the information will be done through the internet and library resources. This paper will be jointly produced by me, Laurent Piol and Mike Pascual. We have decided to each concentrate on an individual culture and similarites can be seen in the points previously made. I have decided to concentrate my research on the music of Cambodia. Of the many aspects of this topic, I have decided to talk about its history, the instruments, folk tales, dance associated with music, Cambodian compared to U.S., religion and modern music.
An example of how a culture expresses its history through music: A story of Cambodian ancestry through music and dance or take a look at the instruments that they use and listen to how each instrument sounds. If you have more interest on the topic of Cambodian music history, click here.
MUSIC ASSOCIATED WITH DANCE
CAMBODIAN vs. U.S.
Read about a research done by a middle school comparing the music of Cambodian and the U.S.
My professor Doug White's home page: http://eclectic.ss.uci.edu/~drwhite/doug.html