Like a Waterfall in Your Head

Like a Waterfall in Your HeadCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.musicThe Bosavi people live in the rainforests of Papua, New Guinea. One of the ways they celebrate their relationship with their environment is through song. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Ambience, rainforest”The Bosavi people say that song is like a waterfall in your head. What they mean is the creation of a song is always the combination of two things, it’s a sound, and then, like a waterfall, the sound flows down and mixes with your thoughts.”Steve Feld is director of the Center for Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas in Austin. “The text of the song is considered to be a map. It is a map that moves through places in the lands. It names trees, it names specific places, it names waterfalls. It names birds that sing at those trees by those waterfalls. And by starting right where you are and ending up someplace far away, the song takes you on a journey.”Our thanks to Steve Feld for the sounds of Papua, New Guinea. This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Like a Waterfall in Your Head

The sound flows down and mixes with your thoughts. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Air Date:06/11/2018
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Like a Waterfall in Your HeadCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.musicThe Bosavi people live in the rainforests of Papua, New Guinea. One of the ways they celebrate their relationship with their environment is through song. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Ambience, rainforest"The Bosavi people say that song is like a waterfall in your head. What they mean is the creation of a song is always the combination of two things, it's a sound, and then, like a waterfall, the sound flows down and mixes with your thoughts."Steve Feld is director of the Center for Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas in Austin. "The text of the song is considered to be a map. It is a map that moves through places in the lands. It names trees, it names specific places, it names waterfalls. It names birds that sing at those trees by those waterfalls. And by starting right where you are and ending up someplace far away, the song takes you on a journey."Our thanks to Steve Feld for the sounds of Papua, New Guinea. This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.