Beyond 'Innocence': Amis Aboriginal Song in Taiwan as an by ShzrEe Tan

By ShzrEe Tan

Taiwan aboriginal music has acquired vast media assurance because the release and payment of a copyright lawsuit following pop crew Enigma's allegedly unauthorized use of Amis voices within the 1996 Olympics hit, go back To Innocence. Taking as her start line the ripple results of this situation, Shzr Ee Tan explores the connection of this track tradition to modern Amis society. She offers Amis music in its a number of manifestations as an environment, symbiotic parts of which engage and feed again upon each other in cross-cutting structures of village lifestyles, pageant party, cultural functionality, well known music, paintings song and Christian hymnody. Tan's research hinges upon drawing a conceptual line among ladhiw, the Amis time period for 'song' - a observe vested with connotations of life-force, culture, ritual and taboo - and the international time period of yinyue ('music' - borrowed from Mandarin). This distinction varieties the root of the way Amis track is (re)constructed via approaches of modernization, Christianization and politico-economic swap. A unmarried Amis melody, for instance, can exist in different guises which are contextually specific yet functionally mutually-supportive. hence, a weeding track (ladhiw), which can have misplaced its conventional context of life following developments in farming know-how, turns into sustained inside a bigger surroundings, discovering new lifestyles at the interacting structures of Amis Catholic hymnody, karaoke and vacationer indicates. The latter genres (collectively, yinyue) would possibly not depend upon conventional livelihoods for survival, yet thrive on a conventional melody's deeper institutions to neighborhood reminiscence and idealized Amis identities. whereas those new and outdated genres are stylistically separate, they feed into one another and again into themselves - via reworking contexts and cross-referenced memes - in natural and constructing cycles of tune job. Drawing from fieldwork carried out from 2000-2010 in addition to a heritage in ethnomusicology and journalism, Ta

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