Robert Garfias collection (Indonesia), 1950-1960

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias collection (Indonesia)
1950-1960 (inclusive)
31 items  :  EC (and 1 OT) - 11 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono (and 1 full-track), 7"); WAV files - 20; Duration: 9:34:40; typed texts and lists
Collection Number
Sound recordings collected over the years by Robert Garfias from Java and Bali.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Contents (from notes on tape boxes):

2013-21.1 EC - Gamelan Sekati; Santiswaram (Central Java) (26:07, 31:27)

2013-21.2 EC - Tukang; Kemanak (Central Java) (29:54, 31:58)

2013-21.3 OT - Degung (Sunda) (full-track, recorded by R. Garfias) (9:15)

2013-21.4 EC - Matjapat (27 examples; typed texts) (Sunda) (copy of Mantle Hood field recordings) (32:20, 29:43)

2013-21.5 EC - Ketjapi-Suling, etc. (Sunda) (copy of Mantle Hood field recordings) (29:07, 31:37)

2013-21.6 EC - Music of Sunda (copy of Mantle Hood field recordings) (25:13, 29:37)

2013-21.7 EC - Music of Sunda - (pre-war 78rpm dubs from McPhee collection, UCLA) (32:15, 32:25)

2013-21.8 EC - "Java: Indonesia - Modern" (from Indonesian consulate, San Francisco) (13:39 (recorded one side only))

2013-21.9 EC - "Bali I" - Angklung, etc. (78rpm dubs from McPhee collection, UCLA) (31:23, 30:58)

2013-21.10 EC - "Bali II" (78rpm dubs from McPhee collection, UCLA) (31:49, 32:46)

2013-21.11 EC - "Bali III" (78rpm dubs from McPhee collection, UCLA) (30:55, 32:19)

Transmission Data: Digital files created 8/2013 - 11/2013 (48 kHz/24-bit) - 2013-21.1A, 2013-21.1B, 2013-21.2A, 2013-21.2B, 2013-21.3, 2013-21.4A, 2013-21.4B, 2013-21.5A, 2013-21.5B, 2013-21.6A, 2013-21.6B, 2013-21.7A, 2013-21.7B, 2013-21.8A, 2013-21.9A, 2013-21,9B, 2013-21.10A, 2013-21.10B, 2013-21.11A, 2013-21.11B.

Documentation: Photo-copy of notes written on tape boxes

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bali Island (Indonesia)
  • Balinese--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Dance--Bali
  • Dance--Java
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Gamelan
  • Gamelan Music
  • Javanese--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Music--Indonesia -- Java

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • Indonesia--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Java

Form or Genre Terms

  • Field recordings
  • Sound recordings