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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: Art, Music and Theatre depts.

EMBELLISHMENT (23) - Much embellishment in song predicts stratified hierarchies of caste, class, and/or state-organized systems. It is also highly correlated with hand movement in the dance.

TREMOLO (30) - Tremolo, like glottal, seems to be more frequent at high latitudes where there is winter and in cultures where males carry the main productive burden.

GLISSANDO (28) - A high level of glissando tends to be more frequent among complex producers, especially those that employ irrigation. It is also correlated with smooth movement in the dance.




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