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4336 - Melody, Noise, Technology: Music in Contemporary Yucatan

Since the 19 th century, when the piano became one of the most important instruments in Yucatan homes and among regional musicians, and European music notation the most salient form of music recording, there have been profound social and technological changes in local music. The guitar and other string instruments rapidly superseded the piano during the early 20th century as the most common instruments. New recording and playback technologies, including sound recording cylinders and the phonograph, and the also reached Yucatan at the beginning of the 20 th century. Later on during the 20 th centuries, the advent of electric, magnetic and later electronic technologies, have helped to transform, but also to preserve, former styles and tastes in regional music. Today we are experiencing a new transformation of music-making and music-recording in Yucatan, thanks, to the advent of computers, cellphones, the internet, and all associated devices. The social and cultural significance of music is changing, along with the social and technological transformations being experienced in this part of Mexico. This paper, based on fieldwork conducted in the city of Merida and surroundings, starting in 2011, looks at current forms of technology for music-making and music enjoyment in Yucatan, Mexico.

Keywords: music, technology, Yucatan, anthropology, representations,

Author: Gabriela, Vargas-Cetina (Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico / Mexiko)

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