Sonic Modernities situates Southeast Asian popular music in specific socio-historical settings, hoping that a focus on popular culture and history may shed light on how some people in a particular part of the world have been witnessing the emergence of all things modern. In its focus on pioneering artists, their creative use of new genres and border crossing technologies it aims at a rewriting of Southeast Asia’s twentieth century from the perspective of popular music makers, the entertainment industry and its ever changing audiences.
Contributors include: Bart Barendregt, Philip Yampolsky, Jan van der Putten, Adil Johan, Andrew Weintraub, Emma Baulch, Lars Gjelstad, Bettina David, Jeremy Wallach, Kees van Dijk, Wim van Zanten and Tan Sooi Beng.
Bart Barendregt is a lecturer and Director of Studies at The Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. He has published and made films on Southeast Asian performing arts, new and mobile media and (Islamic) popular music.
For a readership studying the ways Southeast Asian artists and their audiences use popular music to make themselves modern, offering insights in the field of changing fashion and novel lifestyles..