Musical discovery, colonialism, and the possibilities of intercultural communication through music

Carfoot, Gavin (2016) Musical discovery, colonialism, and the possibilities of intercultural communication through music. Popular Communication, 14(3), pp. 178-186.

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Discourses of discovery have been important in a wide range of musical contexts, from early modern ideas about musical composition through to current forms of popular music production and consumption. Across these various contexts there are often inherent connections between discovery and colonialism; connections that become most apparent in non-Western socio-cultural and musical settings. In this paper, I situate discourses of discovery within the “coloniality of power,” noting how colonial discovery can be more critically described as invention. From here, I turn to the genre of World Music as an example of how musical discovery is underpinned by inherently colonial perspectives, articulations of power, and relationships of dominance and subordination between Western and non-Western cultures. In contrast, I present the concept of interculturalism as a way of thinking about the possibilities of cultural in-between-ness beyond discovery, drawing on the practices of musicians who articulate intercorporeal and intercultural communication through performance.

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ID Code: 95744
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: music, discovery, intercultural, colonialism, decoloniality
DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2016.1193184
ISSN: 1540-5710
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Popular Communication, 27 July 2016,
Deposited On: 24 May 2016 23:32
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2017 06:57

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