Published: December 18, 2015


Left to right: Logan Clark, E|R Editorial Board member, and Kathleen Hood, UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications Director, at SEM. Photo by Daniel Neuman, 2015.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications had high sales at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, December 3–6, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Ethnomusicology Review, the department's student-run journal, shared a table with Ethnomusicology Publications as they have done for a number of years. E|R exhibited some of their past issues and announced their latest issue, Volume 20.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications sales were high this year in part because of the recent re-release of two items: Music of the Venerable Dark Cloud and The Traditional Music of Thailand. Music of the Venerable Dark Cloud was first released as an LP in 1973 by the Institute of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. Recorded by Columbia Masterworks in the early 1960s, it features UCLA’s Javanese gamelan Khjai Mendung (Venerable Dark Cloud) and is the first stereophonic recording available of the large gamelan orchestral tradition of Central Java. All the tracks were performed by UCLA students. The compact disc comes with a 42-page booklet by Mantle Hood and Hardja Susilo. The Traditional Music of Thailand, by David Morton, was first released as a two-LP set in 1968. Recorded in 1959 and 1960 in Thailand, it features performances by the musicians of the Phakavali Institute. The two compact-disc set comes with a 47-page booklet by David Morton.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications products include the journal Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology (1966-2005), which comprises twelve volumes, each an essay collection thematically addressing an ethnomusicological theory or method, particular world music area, or analytic or research focus. UCLA Ethnomusicology Publications also issues monographs, CDs and DVDs, and the triannual newsletter Ethnomusicology at UCLA.

Established as Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology in 1984, Ethnomusicology Review is the graduate student publication of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. It is edited by graduate students and refereed by a faculty advisory board. Funding for the journal is provided by GSA Publications at UCLA. Ethnomusicology Review publishes an annual selection of scholarly articles in the Current Issue section of its website and posts essays, book reviews, and blogs in its Sounding Board section. Scholars interested in contributing to one or both of these forums are invited to look through the submission guidelines. Ethnomusicology Review’s call for articles for Volume 21 will soon be announced. Contributions to the online “Sounding Board” are accepted on a rolling basis.