Folklore | COLLOQUY IN POETIC SCANSION AND MUSIC
F722 | 2319 | Johnson


Meets with F420.  This colloquium will utilize the SOUND AND VIDEO
ANALYSIS & INSTRUCTION LABORATORY (SAVAIL) at the Folklore Institute.
Students will explore research and production skills on Macintosh
computers using highly sophisticated soft- and hardware dealing with
analysis of sound and motion.  Field audio and video documentation will
serve as the resource to investigate a range of issues in folkloristics
and ethnomusicology.  Students will be introduced to a number of
capabilities available on this equipment through a series of
demonstrations by experts.  Students and instructor alike will explore a
range of research possibilities on this sophisticated equipment.  Serving
as a possible model, the instructor will describe his research into the
relationship(s) between the meter (prosody) of Somali oral poetry and the
music which often accompanies it as well as various alternative ways in
which these relationship(s) can be analyzed.

Various theoretical issues will be addressed, such as the definition of
performance genre and style, the interplay between performers and
audiences, the fusion of music and poetry in song, and the
transcription of speech and music.  Other issues may emerge as students
explore a range of research topics they can choose through study of the
possibilities unleashed by such highly sophisticated equipment.

The class will be divided into three units, the first of which will deal
with learning the equipment in the field laboratory, the ins and outs of
the hard- and software and discussing the range of research possibilities
opened up by this technology.  Guest lectures will be given by specialists
in the lab equipment.  Students are encouraged to explore this equipment
outside of class, and the instructor will work closely with students and
help them define research topics which may be explored on the equipment.
The second unit will consist of lectures on the problems of meter and
music in a project being conducted by the instructor.  Students will be
introduced to a problem of poetics solved by the sound analysis laboratory
as a model for possible research projects within the capacity of the
laboratory.  A final unit will involve oral class presentations from
students on their lab projects.  The student's final grade will be based
on class participation and these oral reports and on a final paper
summarizing their work in the lab.