Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Farewell to Stephen Wild

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Farewell to Stephen Wild

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Stephen Wild continues the tradition of fine scholarship of ethnomusicology at AIATSIS. Stephen took over from Alice Moyle, the first Research Officer in Ethnomusicology, and has continued the standard of excellence. He was very well suited to the position in that he had a good grasp of the importance of sound archives. This knowledge was gained from his experience both on the field and as a graduate student at Indiana University in Bloomington, in the USA. The Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music provided a model upon which the AIATSIS archives were established.

Stephen is a gentleman and a scholar. He has not been afraid to stimulate discussion of topics central to ethnomusicology in the scholarly community, both here and abroad. His work in the field of Central Australian music and Arnhem Land music has resulted in raising the profile of Aboriginal music. His involvement in both presentations of the Rom ceremony here in Canberra gives him a unique background in analysis of musicological and anthropological issues. As President of the Musicological Society of Australia, he has highlighted the importance of the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. …

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