Variations: Viewing All Steven Feld. Anyaa Arts Quartet, Nii Noi Nortey, Nii Otoo Annan, Alex Coke, Steven Feld - Harmattan (CD, Album).
Liner Note: Bufo Variations. I first traveled to Accra, Ghana in 2004, wishing to learn something about bells as time-keepers in drum ensembles. The visit came on the heels of three years listening to church, animal, and carnival bells in European villages, towns, and cities (Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia, 2002; The Time of Bells,1 and 2, 2004). To clarify the process, Variation 6, for electric guitar, retains the ambient track so that you hear Ni Otoo playing in sync with what is in his headphones. Nii Otoo is a respected master of both traditional Ghanaian percussion and popular and jazz musics.
Nii Otoo Annan and Steven Feld imagine what the Goldberg Variations would sound like if Bach had grown up in Ghana listening to toads, mastering polyrhythm and jazz drumming. Tracks 1,12: composed by Steven Feld from field recordings, October 2004, Cantonments, Accra
2008 Nii Otoo Annan and Steven Feld, Bufo Variations. 2008 Alex Coke, Tina Marsh, Steven Feld. 2011 Skyros Carnival.
Steven Feld’s paper, Acoustemologies as Relational Ontologies, placed at its center a musical collaboration Feld had done in 2006-08 with Ghanaian t Nii Otoo Annan, entitled Bufo Variations, a composition that brought dialogic ethnomusicology (in which the anthropologist collaborates musically or sonically with interlocutors) into juxtaposition with multispecies ethnography (Annan and Feld worked with sounds made by Bufo regularis toads.
Performer: Nii Otoo Annan / Steven Feld
Title: Bufo Variations
Size MP3: 1923 mb
Size FLAC: 1152 mb
Rating: 4.1 / 5
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