Magazine article New Internationalist

Ear & Eye: Encounters with World Music

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ear & Eye: Encounters with World Music

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Ear & Eye: Encounters with World Music edited by Christoph Wagner (Edition Neue ZeitschriftfurMusik/Schott International ISBN 3 7957 0482 0 CD/book)

A book, a CD, and the culmination of what German journalist Christoph Wagner describes as an 'almost autistic obsessiveness' that began with a collection of old picture postcards of musicians - there is nothing quite like Ear & Eye. Which is only part of its bizarre charm.

Auge & Ohr, to use its other title - the book is printed in both German and English - is a combination of image, text and music that poses two fundamental questions. First, how do we imagine world music? second, how does that affect our subsequent encounters?

But this is not yet another contribution to the debate about the consumption of non-Western musics, and absolutely not some dry-as-dust anthropological work. Wagner and his 38 essayists - including musicians Robert Wyatt, Jah Wobble and Pauline Oliveros - are more interested in imaginations. …

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