Monsoon Music: The Soundscape of Indonesian Islam in an Indian Ocean World


ACLS Fellowship Program


Music/Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


"Monsoon Music" concerns the music of Indonesian Islam. Characterized as the "land below the winds," the Indonesian archipelago has been historically, culturally, meteorologically, and spiritually connected to the ebb and flow of Indian Ocean Islam, since the ninth century, when maritime trade and travel from the Arabian Peninsula to the China Sea began. The project is the third stage of research that spans more than 20 years. It catalogues the extensive number of multi-media files of performances and interviews, collected over many years, in consultation with partners at universities in Jakarta and Malang, and with a community of artists in in Yogyakarta, and will result in an open-access, digital humanities publication, a hallmark of the public humanities.