The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos

Title:
The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos
Authors:
Fraser, Jennifer
Abstract:
The article illustrates how a series of commercial music videos released in the aftermath of West Sumatra's worst earthquake present powerful local encodings of the disaster that allow Minangkabau communities to comprehend, rationalise, come together, and survive the catastrophe. The analysis, supplemented with ethnographic interviews with musicians, lyricists, and record storeowners, illustrates how the music videos draw on and transform existing Minangkabau literary and musical conventions, philosophies, ideologies, and social habits. I explore how music, lyrics, and visual images were utilised to commemorate the events and places affected, convey grief, and elicit physical and fiscal aid from migrants. While the disaster has been musically articulated through an array of Minangkabau genres ranging from regionally specific traditions with limited audience bases to more mainstream popular styles, my interest in the art of grieving focuses on the emotional power of indigenous practices, particularly saluang jo dendang (flute with song). The article makes a contribution to the growing literature on the ethnomusicology of disasters, but offers a different approach by asking what music can tell us about the localised ways people experience, process, frame, and otherwise comprehend catastrophes through musical practices. I argue that such studies help us engage more fully with the cultural dimensions of disasters.
Citation:
Fraser, Jennifer. 2013. "The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos." Ethnomusicology Forum 22(2): 129-159.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis for British Forum for Ethnomusicology
DATE ISSUED:
2013-08
Department:
Musicology
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/17411912.2012.707855
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17411912.2012.707855
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/595170

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dc.contributor.authorFraser, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-28T15:03:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-28T15:03:37Zen
dc.date.issued2013-08en
dc.identifier.citationFraser, Jennifer. 2013. "The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos." Ethnomusicology Forum 22(2): 129-159.en
dc.identifier.issn1741-1912en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/595170en
dc.description.abstractThe article illustrates how a series of commercial music videos released in the aftermath of West Sumatra's worst earthquake present powerful local encodings of the disaster that allow Minangkabau communities to comprehend, rationalise, come together, and survive the catastrophe. The analysis, supplemented with ethnographic interviews with musicians, lyricists, and record storeowners, illustrates how the music videos draw on and transform existing Minangkabau literary and musical conventions, philosophies, ideologies, and social habits. I explore how music, lyrics, and visual images were utilised to commemorate the events and places affected, convey grief, and elicit physical and fiscal aid from migrants. While the disaster has been musically articulated through an array of Minangkabau genres ranging from regionally specific traditions with limited audience bases to more mainstream popular styles, my interest in the art of grieving focuses on the emotional power of indigenous practices, particularly saluang jo dendang (flute with song). The article makes a contribution to the growing literature on the ethnomusicology of disasters, but offers a different approach by asking what music can tell us about the localised ways people experience, process, frame, and otherwise comprehend catastrophes through musical practices. I argue that such studies help us engage more fully with the cultural dimensions of disasters.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis for British Forum for Ethnomusicologyen
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17411912.2012.707855en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17411912.2012.707855en
dc.subject.departmentMusicologyen_US
dc.titleThe Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videosen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEthnomusicology Forumen
dc.subject.keywordDisastersen_US
dc.subject.keywordEarthquakesen_US
dc.subject.keywordRecord industryen_US
dc.subject.keywordMusic videosen_US
dc.subject.keywordMinangkabauen_US
dc.subject.keywordWest Sumatraen_US
dc.subject.keywordIndonesiaen_US
dc.subject.keywordSaluang jo Dendangen_US
dc.subject.keywordVideo compact discsen_US
dc.subject.keywordIslamen_US
dc.identifier.volume22en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.startpage129en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Ethnomusicology Forumen
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