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Books Received

Books Received ANTIPHONAL HISTORIES: RESONANT PASTS IN THE TOBA BATAK MUSICAL PRESENT. Julia Byl. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2014. Cloth, $85.00; paper, $29.95; ebook, $23.99. This book is a hybrid of musicological study, autobiography, ethnography, and historical meditation. It has its logic, but often left my head spinning as to why in a discussion on field research the reader had to keep being interrupted with the information that a toddler was running around the room in the midst of an interview. And did we need to hear that the researcher had to sit through a largely content-empty seminar, because she was being shown off as an acolyte by her guru (here the important Batak artist Guntur Sitohang)? Anyone who has done fieldwork has had these experiences; we do not need to go through them again. One must cut through such material to get to her important details on Sumatran music. This is part of the current need for the anthropologist to self-disclose position in relation to the subject (Toba Batak history and social relations as seen through the prism of music including traditional gondang drum ensembles, church music, urban pop, Indonesian Idol TV singing, and so on). The ambition is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 The University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-2109
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ANTIPHONAL HISTORIES: RESONANT PASTS IN THE TOBA BATAK MUSICAL PRESENT. Julia Byl. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2014. Cloth, $85.00; paper, $29.95; ebook, $23.99. This book is a hybrid of musicological study, autobiography, ethnography, and historical meditation. It has its logic, but often left my head spinning as to why in a discussion on field research the reader had to keep being interrupted with the information that a toddler was running around the room in the midst of an interview. And did we need to hear that the researcher had to sit through a largely content-empty seminar, because she was being shown off as an acolyte by her guru (here the important Batak artist Guntur Sitohang)? Anyone who has done fieldwork has had these experiences; we do not need to go through them again. One must cut through such material to get to her important details on Sumatran music. This is part of the current need for the anthropologist to self-disclose position in relation to the subject (Toba Batak history and social relations as seen through the prism of music including traditional gondang drum ensembles, church music, urban pop, Indonesian Idol TV singing, and so on). The ambition is

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 15, 2017

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