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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
The universe of music-sharing blogs just keeps expanding. My latest obsession is Lola Vandaag, which began posting in October 2011. Describing itself as ongeregelde verzameling geluid ("unregulated collection of sound"), this wonderful blog leaves no continent unappreciated.
Some of the delights you'll encounter: Enchanting radio broadcasts from the world over, street organ sounds, international religious oddities, smoldering dance bands, cantorial superstars, rantings of shamans and mushroom enthusiasts, sizzling accordionists, music that will make you cry—and that's just hoeing the topsoil. Dig in and get your ears dirty.
To whet your appetite, check out our lead-off item, below.
Various ~ 'Are 'Are: Flutes de Pan Mélanésiennes
(Blog: Lola Vandaag)
The Wisdom of Solomon Islanders
"The society in question is that of the 'Are'are, whose 8,000 members live in the southern part of Malaita....The 'Are'are call instrumental music 'au ("bamboo"), for, with the exception of the slit drum 'o'o, all instrumental music is played with instruments made of bamboo. The most gifted musicians, the true mane ni 'au ("men of music") continue even today to compose new mani 'au ("pieces of music"). Instrumental music is "programme" music (in the broadest sense, or in the narrower sense, one could call it "descriptive" music). Each piece, composed according to strict rules, carries a title which is a general résumé of the "programme." Bird calls, frog croaks, buzzing of insects and the cries of other animals, the patter of rain drops on a leaf, the murmur of a river or the roaring of the ocean, the crackle of branches in the wind; all the sounds of nature can furnish the theme for a composition. Man-made sounds can as well: children crying, the groaning of the sick or wounded, the snoring of sleepers, words, work noises, etc. Certain compositions are inspired by melodies coming from songs or from other types of instrumental ensembles. Certain pieces translate a visual theme such as the swaying of a spider or the come and go of people." (Description by Hugo Zemp, taken from the liner notes to Volume 3 in this same series.)