- 芸術工学研究 (ISSN:13490915)
- vol.21, pp.13-29, 2014-10-16
Focusing on the Great East Japan Earthquake, the present study aims to deepen our understanding of the roles and effects of musical practice in the grief and recovery process from disaster damage. This particular article examines the discourse of "power of music", which was rather abruptly appeared after the Japan earthquake, and investigates the realities of post-quake musical practices, informed by constructionist perspectives of recent interdisciplinary studies of music (such as sociology of music, cultural studies, and ethnomusicology). The contents are as follows : the discourse of "power of music", the previous studies on music and disaster, the method of the present study, the interim reports of the newspaper and field research, and the conclusion. In particular, the newspaper research section presents an overview and discusses characteristics of the musical discourse and practices after the earthquake. The field research section then reports two musical events held in the cities of Fukushima and Sendai. The concluding section finally summarizes the findings and agendas of this ongoing research and suggests possibilities of the application for future cultural policy and arts management.