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Dr Barley Norton BSc (Mus), MMus, PhD

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PositionReader in Ethnomusicology
Department Music
Email b.norton (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7642
Dr Barley Norton BSc (Mus), MMus, PhD

Dr Barley Norton is an ethnomusicologist and filmmaker with research interests in the music and culture of Southeast Asia. After studying music at City University and completing MMus and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, he taught at Roehampton University before joining Goldsmiths in 2008. He is the director of Goldsmiths’ Asian Music Unit, the convenor of the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology), and the leader of the Goldsmiths Gamelan Group. He has conducted extensive field research in Vietnam and has published a book on ritual music and spirit possession titled Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (University of Illinois Press, 2009). As part of a Getty-funded research project on contemporary experimental performance culture in Vietnam he made the critically acclaimed film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (Documentary Educational Resources, 56 minutes, 2010). He is also co-editor of the book Music and Protest in 1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which won the American Musicological Society’s 2014 Ruth A. Solie Award. The book examines how music was integral to the profound cultural and political change that swept the globe around 1968. In 2015, he became the Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

Areas of supervision

Menaka Bora: Globalisation, identity and contemporary 'experimental' music in India

Jasmine Hornabrook: Transnational networks, musical learning and performance in London's Tamil diaspora (Research funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award)

Television and video output

  • Writer for the world music magazine Songlines, including feature articles and CD reviews.
  • Consultant, interviewee and interviewer for several BBC radio programmes including the two-part radio documentary “Vietnam’s Rock ’n’ Roll War”.
  • Featured guest on several national Vietnamese Television (VTV) shows and documentaries, including a televised debate organised by the British Council on the theme of “Urban Beats” (“Dap Nhip Do Thi”) and the documentary “A Westerner Loves Our Music” (“Nguoi Tay Me Nhac Ta”). 

Research Interests

Dr Barley Norton’s research interests include ethnomusicological filmmaking and theory, the cultural politics of musical practice, discourse on cultural heritage and music revival, music and religious experience, music and emotion, music and gender theory, music censorship, improvisation, performance and modal theory. His academic research is informed by practice. During field research in Vietnam he learnt to play two Vietnamese lutes: the dan day and dan nguyet. He also plays Sundanese music from Indonesia on the kacapi zither and the gamelan degung orchestra.

Publications

Book

Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2009. Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 9780252033995

Edited Book

Music and Protest in 1968.
Kutschke, Beate and Norton, Barley, eds. 2013. Music and Protest in 1968. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107007321

Edited Journal

Red Ritual: Ritual Music and Communism
Harris, Rachel and Norton, Barley, eds. 2002. Red Ritual: Ritual Music and Communism.

Book Section

Orchestrating the Nation: Court Orchestras, Nationalism and Agency in Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2016. Orchestrating the Nation: Court Orchestras, Nationalism and Agency in Vietnam. In: Tina K. Ramnarine, ed. Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Essays on Collective Creativity and Social Agency. New York: Oxford University Press.

Music and Censorship in Vietnam since 1954
Norton, Barley. 2015. Music and Censorship in Vietnam since 1954. In: Patricia Hall, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. New York: Oxford University Press.

Music Revival, Ca Trù Ontologies, and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2014. Music Revival, Ca Trù Ontologies, and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vietnam. In: Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 158-179. ISBN 9780199765034

Engendering Emotion and the Environment in Vietnamese Music and Ritual.
Norton, Barley. 2013. Engendering Emotion and the Environment in Vietnamese Music and Ritual. In: Fiona Magowan and Louise Wrazen, eds. Performing Gender, Place and Emotion in Music: Global Perspectives. Rochester, New York: Rochester University Press, pp. 29-59. ISBN 9781580464642

Vietnamese Popular Song in ‘1968’: War, Protest and Sentimentalism
Norton, Barley. 2013. Vietnamese Popular Song in ‘1968’: War, Protest and Sentimentalism. In: Beate Kutschke and Barley Norton, eds. Music and Protest in 1968. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 97-118. ISBN 9781107007321

“Nhân Học Âm Nhạc Việt?” (“The Anthropology of Vietnamese Music?”)
Norton, Barley. 2010. “Nhân Học Âm Nhạc Việt?” (“The Anthropology of Vietnamese Music?”). In: Hy Van Luong, ed. Hiện Đậi và Động Thái của Truyền Thống Ở Việt Nam: Những Cách Tiếp Cận Nhân Học (Modernities and the Dynamics of Tradition in Vietnam: Anthropological Approaches). 2 Ho Chi Minh City: National University of Ho Chi Minh Press, pp. 623-636.

Vietnam: Music on the Move
Norton, Barley and Blackburn, Philip. 2009. Vietnam: Music on the Move. In: Simon Broughton, ed. The Rough Guide to World Music: Europe and Asia. 2 London: Rough Guides, pp. 778-797. ISBN 1843538660

Ca Tru Restoration: Issues and Challenges
Norton, Barley. 2008. Ca Tru Restoration: Issues and Challenges. In: . Vietnamese Institute for Musicology, ed. Ca Tru Singing of the Viet People. Hanoi: Vietnamese Institute for Musicology, pp. 187-192. ISBN No ISBN

Effeminate’ Men and ‘Hot-Tempered’ Women: The Performance of Music and Gender in Vietnamese Mediumship
Norton, Barley. 2006. Effeminate’ Men and ‘Hot-Tempered’ Women: The Performance of Music and Gender in Vietnamese Mediumship. In: Karen Fjelstad and Hien Thi Nguyen, eds. Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, pp. 55-75. ISBN 0877271410

Lên đồng Việt Nam: Cấu tạo âm nhạc của thần thánh (Vietnamese mediumship rituals: the musical construction of the spirits)
Norton, Barley. 2004. Lên đồng Việt Nam: Cấu tạo âm nhạc của thần thánh (Vietnamese mediumship rituals: the musical construction of the spirits). In: Đức Thịnh Ngô, ed. Đạo Mẫu và các hình thức Shaman trong các tộc người ở Việt Nam và châu Á (The Mother Religion and Forms of Shamanism among Ethnic Groups in Vietnam and Asia). Hanoi: Social Science Publishing House, pp. 310-341.

Article

Review of "Sounding Out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan Ho Folk Song in Northern Vietnam" by Lauren Meeker (University of Hawaii Press, 2013)
Norton, Barley. 2016. Review of "Sounding Out Heritage: Cultural Politics and the Social Practice of Quan Ho Folk Song in Northern Vietnam" by Lauren Meeker (University of Hawaii Press, 2013). Journal of Vietnamese Studies, 11(2), pp. 122-124. ISSN 1559-372X

Review of the CD 'Radio Vietnam', compiled by Mark Gergis. Sublime Frequencies.
Norton, Barley. 2015. Review of the CD 'Radio Vietnam', compiled by Mark Gergis. Sublime Frequencies. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 109, p. 71.

CD Review of Nostalgique Vietnam: Chansons de charme, poèmes et prières 1937-1954, Buda Musique.
Norton, Barley. 2014. CD Review of Nostalgique Vietnam: Chansons de charme, poèmes et prières 1937-1954, Buda Musique. Songlines: The World Music Magazine(101), p. 75.

Review of the film "This is a Music! Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum" (2010, Directed by Zoe Sherinian, DVD, 74 minutes).
Norton, Barley. 2014. Review of the film "This is a Music! Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum" (2010, Directed by Zoe Sherinian, DVD, 74 minutes). Yearbook for Traditional Music, 46, pp. 249-250. ISSN 0740-1558

Engendering Emotion and the Environment in Vietnamese Mediumship
Norton, Barley. 2014. Engendering Emotion and the Environment in Vietnamese Mediumship. Vietnam Social Sciences Review, 164(6), pp. 1-16.

Music, Protest & the Vietnam War
Norton, Barley. 2013. Music, Protest & the Vietnam War. Goldlink Magazine(40), pp. 18-20.

Review of the CD 'Tree of Dreams' by Huong Thanh. Buda Musique.
Norton, Barley. 2012. Review of the CD 'Tree of Dreams' by Huong Thanh. Buda Musique. Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 83, p. 88.

Review of the CD 'Saigon Rock and Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974'. SF060.
Norton, Barley. 2012. Review of the CD 'Saigon Rock and Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974'. SF060. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 85, p. 81.

Review of the CD 'Song Hanh' by Onno Krijn and Ngo Hong Quang. Noon Records.
Norton, Barley. 2012. Review of the CD 'Song Hanh' by Onno Krijn and Ngo Hong Quang. Noon Records. Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 84, p. 94.

Huong Thanh - Vietnam's Song Bird
Norton, Barley. 2011. Huong Thanh - Vietnam's Song Bird. Songlines, 80, p. 27.

Review of the CD "Burma: Classical Theatre Music". VDE-Gallo.
Norton, Barley. 2011. Review of the CD "Burma: Classical Theatre Music". VDE-Gallo. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 74, p. 78.

Review of Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local, edited by Ian Biddle and Vanessa Knights.
Norton, Barley. 2010. Review of Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local, edited by Ian Biddle and Vanessa Knights. Ethnomusicology Forum, 19(2), pp. 268-269.

Review of the CD 'Saiyuki' by Nguyen Le, ACT 9483-2.
Norton, Barley. 2009. Review of the CD 'Saiyuki' by Nguyen Le, ACT 9483-2. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 64, p. 97.

Book review of P’ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance by Nathan Hesselink, University of Chicago Press.
Norton, Barley. 2008. Book review of P’ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance by Nathan Hesselink, University of Chicago Press. World of Music, 50(1), pp. 120-121.

Review of the CD "Fragile Beauty" by Huong Thanh and Nguyen Le. ACT 94512.
Norton, Barley. 2008. Review of the CD "Fragile Beauty" by Huong Thanh and Nguyen Le. ACT 94512. Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 50, p. 101.

CD Review: Huong Thanh, Cai Luong Music.
Norton, Barley. 2008. CD Review: Huong Thanh, Cai Luong Music. Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 53, p. 77.

A Review Essay on Recordings of Music from Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2007. A Review Essay on Recordings of Music from Vietnam. World of Music, 49(1), pp. 215-222.

CD Review: Vietnam: Vocal music from the Northern Plains.
Norton, Barley. 2007. CD Review: Vietnam: Vocal music from the Northern Plains. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 41, p. 75.

CD Review: Que Huong (Homeland).
Norton, Barley. 2007. CD Review: Que Huong (Homeland). Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 44, p. 75.

Feature article "Postcard from Hanoi, Vietnam".
Norton, Barley. 2007. Feature article "Postcard from Hanoi, Vietnam". Songlines: The World Music Magazine., 45, p. 51.

CD Review: The Rough Guide to the Music of Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2007. CD Review: The Rough Guide to the Music of Vietnam. Songlines: The World Music Magazine, 46, p. 67.

Singing the Past: Vietnamese Ca Tru, Memory and Mode
Norton, Barley. 2005. Singing the Past: Vietnamese Ca Tru, Memory and Mode. Asian Music, 36(2), pp. 27-56.

Review of 6 CD Box Set , “Vietnam – Mother Mountain and Father Sea, an Introduction to the Traditional Music of Vietnam”. White Cliffs Media WCM 9991
Norton, Barley. 2005. Review of 6 CD Box Set , “Vietnam – Mother Mountain and Father Sea, an Introduction to the Traditional Music of Vietnam”. White Cliffs Media WCM 9991. Ethnomusicology Forum, 14(1), pp. 121-123.

Introduction: Ritual Music and Communism
Harris, Rachel and Norton, Barley. 2002. Introduction: Ritual Music and Communism. British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 11(1), pp. 1-8. ISSN 1741-1912

The Moon Remembers Uncle Ho: The Politics of Music and Mediumship in Northern Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2002. The Moon Remembers Uncle Ho: The Politics of Music and Mediumship in Northern Vietnam. British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 11(1), pp. 71-100. ISSN 1741-1912

Vietnamese Mediumship Rituals: The Musical Construction of the Spirits
Norton, Barley. 2000. Vietnamese Mediumship Rituals: The Musical Construction of the Spirits. The World of Music, 42(2), pp. 75-97.

Digital

Ca Trù Singing in Vietnam: Revival and Innovation
Norton, Barley. 2015. Ca Trù Singing in Vietnam: Revival and Innovation.

Website on Vietnamese Ca Tru
Norton, Barley. 2005. Website on Vietnamese Ca Tru.

Film/Video

Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh
Norton, Barley. 2010. Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh.

Printed Ephemera

Exhibition catalogue text for the installation - "Homelands: Working the Rice, Working the Forest" by the Landscape Quartet featuring Nguyen Thanh Thuy.
Norton, Barley. 2014. Exhibition catalogue text for the installation - "Homelands: Working the Rice, Working the Forest" by the Landscape Quartet featuring Nguyen Thanh Thuy..

Professional Activity

Committee Member for the Society for Ethnomusicology's 2013 Alan Merriam Prize for the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology
Norton, Barley. Committee Member for the Society for Ethnomusicology's 2013 Alan Merriam Prize for the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.

External Examiner for UNESCO for the nomination file "Ca tru singing of the Viet people"
Norton, Barley. External Examiner for UNESCO for the nomination file "Ca tru singing of the Viet people".

External Examiner for Music programmes at K.M. Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, validated by Middlesex University (20012-16)
Norton, Barley. External Examiner for Music programmes at K.M. Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, validated by Middlesex University (20012-16).

Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (2015-2018)
Norton, Barley. Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (2015-2018).

Other

Ca tru: the music of north Vietnam
Norton, Barley. 2001. Ca tru: the music of north Vietnam. Nimbus Records NI5626, Wyastone.

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