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Title 'Are'are music ; Shaping bamboo / a film by Hugo Zemp.

Published Western Australia : Kanopy, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 3 streaming videos (176 minutes) : sound, colour.
polychrome rdacc
Series Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Notes Originally issued as documentary films in 1979.
Contents 'Are'are music (141 minutes) -- Shaping bamboo (35 minutes).
Credits Camera, research and sound, Hugo Zemp ; editor, Jean-Christian Nicaise ; translator from French, John Wright.
Performers Irisipau, Supamae, Irisitap'a, instrument builders and players.
Notes Recorded in 1975 and 1977. Video restoration in 2011 by Hugo Zemp and Jean-Christian Nicaise.
Summary Are'are music: A fascinating documentation of the traditional musical culture of the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, in the South-Western Pacific. The three LP records published after a first one-year field-research in 1969-70 were a "phenomenal surprise" (Garfias) as they revealed a completely unknown music (outside of the Solomon Islands) of an exceptional beauty and complexity in its instrumental and vocal polyphonies. It seemed to the researcher an absolute necessity to document visually what had been published on sound recordings, showing in detail all the playing techniques, body movements of performers, and spatial coordination of music ensembles and dancers. The documentary consists of a comprehensive inventory of all the twenty musical genres of the 'Are'are people and is structured according to native classification, along with explanations by master musician 'Irisipau.
Shaping bamboo: For the 'Are'are people of the Solomon Islands, the most valued music is that of the four types of panpipe ensembles. With the exception of slit drums, all musical instruments are made of bamboo; therefore the general word for instruments and the music performed with them is "bamboo" ('au). This film shows the making of panpipes, from the cutting the bamboo in the forest to the making of the final bindings. The most important part of the work consists in shaping each tube to its necessary length. Most 'Are'are panpipe makers measure the length of old instruments before they shape new tubes. Master musician 'Irisipau, surprisingly, takes the measure using his body, and adjusts the final tuning by ear. For the first time we can see here how the instruments and their artificial equiheptatonic scale-seven equidistant degrees in an octave-are practically tuned.
Original Version Electronic reproduction. Originally produced: Paris : Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique ; Dept. d'ethnomusicologie du Musée de l'Homme, 1979.
System notes Streaming video.
Language notes English and Are'are, with English subtitles.
Other author Zemp, Hugo, producer.
Nicaise, Jean-Christian, editor.
Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique (France), production company.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), issuing body.
Kanopy (Firm), issuing body.
Subject Areare (Solomon Islands people) -- Music.
Folk music -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita.
Panpipes -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita.
Panpipes music.
Wind instruments -- Construction -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita.
Musical instruments -- Construction -- Solomon Islands -- Malaita.
Variant Title Areare music plus Shaping bamboo.
Shaping bamboo.