Sonia Seeman field recordings: Radio-TV Skopje Calgija, 1986-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Seeman, Sonia Tamar, 1958-
Sonia Seeman field recordings: Radio-TV Skopje Calgija
1986-1987 (inclusive)
14 audiotapes  :  OT - 14 reels (6 reels - 7 1/2 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 5" & 7") (8 reels - 3 3/4 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 5" & 7"); Duration: 14:43:40; explanatory notes.
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Field recordings from the collection of the Radio-Television Skopje Archives featuring Macedonian and Ottoman-influenced music performances.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Dr. Sonia Seeman's interests focus on the music of modern Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, and Southeastern Europe, specializing in Rom ("Gypsy") communities. She has done field research in Macedonia and Southeastern Europe (1985-87; 1989) and in Turkey (1995-1999; 2003) on Rom, Turkish, and transnational musical practices. She received her Phd from UCLA in 2002. Her dissertation,"'You're Roman!' Music and Identity in Turkish Roman Communities," investigates the relationship between cultural practices and Rom social identity by exploring the tension between music as lived experience and as socially and politically constructed from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods through the present. She taught at UCSB for 4 years on a post-doctoral faculty fellowship and as a lecturer. Courses taught at UCSB and UCLA include: the music of Turkey, Ottoman communities, Roma communities, and Southeastern Europe, as well as seminars on ethnomusicological theory, world popular music, and the anthropology of music. Her theoretical interests include: transnationalism and cosmopolitanism; minority communities; recording industry; post-structuralism; phenomenological hermeneutics. Seeman has articles in Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Ethnomusicology Forum, and Music and Anthropology. She has also written several sets of liner notes, and co-produced an ethnographic recording with clarinetist Selim Sesler, "Roads to Kesan", released by Kalan Muzik. Her recent research interests explore emergent Turkish cultural expressions and ongoing configuration of ethnic and gendered identities in the wake of the European Union accession processes.

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Field recordings: Radio-Television Skopje Calgija

Recordings supervised by collector; material dubbed by recording engineers of Radio-Television Skopje in RTS dubbing rooms. Original tapes at 38 cm. Permission for recording given by former RTS president Cedo Stajkovski, 1986, and by RTS president Branko Prokopenko and RTS director of the Office of International Exchange, Hari Minovski.

Performers: various artists of the Radio-Television Skopje Calgija and guest singers.

Contents: archival materials from the RTS archives, recorded in RTS studios from 1962 to 1984; see doc file for further description.

Restrictions: use restricted to listening only - all dubbing, broadcast, and transcription requests must be approved by collector.

Documentation: Typed field notes from the Radio-Television Skopje Archives information sheets

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Albanians--Europe--Southeastern Europe
  • Balkan Peoples
  • Contemporary Macedonians
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music--Albania
  • Folk music--Balkan Peninsula
  • Folk music--Turkey
  • Folk songs, Romani
  • Musicians, Romani
  • Music--Romani influences
  • Music--Turkey
  • Radio
  • Roma (People)
  • Turks--Middle East--Middle East
  • Corporate Names :
  • Makedonska Radio Televizia
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Field Recordings
  • Folk music radio programs
  • Radio programs
  • Sound Recordings