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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Musical Mixtures—Fusion of Styles and Styles of Fusion

Musical Mixtures—Fusion of Styles and Styles of Fusion

(p.215) 9 Musical Mixtures—Fusion of Styles and Styles of Fusion
Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

The chapter title indicates both the centrality of this activity and the diverse ways in which musicians have undertaken it, while foregrounding a problematic label. Fusion denotes the combination of disparate elements into a whole, but for some musicians it connotes shallowness due to the popularity of the term in world music circles and the perceived superficiality of much of the music advertised as fusion. The term hybrid is an unattractive substitute in the eyes of musicians whom I have queried and its biological connotations are problematic for the analyst, particularly due to links to racialized discourses that assume certain “essences” to be mixed through interbreeding. The four sections of this chapter address stylistic mixture from different perspectives. The first two discuss the methods of combination and the sources from which elements are drawn.

Keywords:   fusion, hybrid, essences, combination methods, sources

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