SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

The Interaction Between the Indigenous Music and the Media in Contemporary Taiwan

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Guo-Ting Lin

Date: 16 May 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 16 May 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SWLT

Type of Event: Seminar


In the past, non-indigenous singer-songwriters incorporated indigenous music elements into songs through musical appropriation. However, in recent years, many indigenous singer-songwriters have appropriated popular music forms into the process of music making. Since most of the indigenous singer-songwriters with cultural intentions perform themselves through social media, they communicate culture to other people. As an online community platform, social media has a function of interpersonal communication to the contemporary indigenous music community. Moreover, the indigenous music became a dialogue field between musicians and listeners, from which it could be heard that the consultations between indigenous peoples and other groups in Taiwan during each period. The purpose of this paper is to depict the contemporary indigenous music and to know how contemporary indigenous singer-songwriters in Taiwan can communicate indigenous culture through music via social media. Therefore, to review the literature of the relationship between medium and the indigenous music is vital for understanding the different appearances of indigenous peoples from the context of history. This research will focus on recognizing the appearance of indigenous music from the period of the vinyl’s, the cassette culture to the comparatively recent CD period. Those non-indigenous musicians sampled and appropriated the indigenous music is all within the scope of discussion. This project will explore the relationship between music and culture in indigenous society to acquire innovation found in contemporary Taiwan.

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Speaker Bio

GuoTing Lin is a doctoral researcher at University of Westminster. She completed a master of radio and television with an observation of reader-writing manner of communication on Internet from National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA). She was also awarded an MA degree from University of Westminster in Communication in 2015. Her research focuses in the areas of Taiwanese indigenous music and culture on social media, music and social movement in Taiwan, music textual analysis, and audiences/users analysis. She had been the associate lecturer in the Department of Radio and Television at National Taiwan University of Arts. Besides, she is a musician and composer. The score of film, “Days Apart”, was featured in the Short Film Catalog of the Cannes Film Festival.

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