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This World Music Course introduced by Alan Lomax, the leader of the team who put it together in the 1960s, was originally titled "Cantometrics - the measure of song". As "Folk Song Style and Culture" it was published by The American Assocation for the Advancement of Science in 1968 and in 1976, the team published the recorded samples from the Lomax field recordings as well as others from outstanding international field collections, and thus produced an ethno-musicology course with tests for researchers and students. So now, "Music from around the World" is available on 8 CDs together with a ninth forming a final Graduation CD. Peter Kennedy used this course with his students at Dartington College of Arts from 1972 and found it particularly successful in all three depts: Art, Music and Theatre.

The listener (student and teacher) should keep a careful permanent record of final codings of all the songs on this CD. It might be a good idea to prepare a grid for these entries with the columns for the songs and the rows for the measurements. When all the rows and columns on all the measures have been filled in and words substituted for the abbreviated codes, you will have created your own picture of the world of song in some of its most important and interesting variations. Reviews of this hard-won ground, noting how the single codes combine to form distinctive sub-patterns and how these sub-patterns together create a rainbow of effects is good preparation for the next step in World Encompassment - the coding of whole songs and music styles.


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