Music of the Baltic

Today the Helsinki harbor is frozen over, and here is a photo I took of it just this morning. I heard that the Baltic Sea is frozen across even to Estonia nowadays, which is hard to imagine. Around 100 million people currently live in the Baltic Sea area, which has been an important region of cultural exchange for centuries.

Here are links for more information about the Baltic Sea region:



Here is a link to the Baltic Association of Music Academies, which has been active since 1995 in the promotion of musical exchange among music schools in this region: http://www.abambaltic.net/

Here is a link to an announcement for the upcoming Baltic Musicology Conference, which has as a theme “The Baltic Sea Region in the 21st Century”:



Avatar Music

Still at No.1 for the sixth-straight weekend, Avatar is poised to become the most profitable movie of all time. Below is its trailer.

Avatar is an interesting film for ethnomusicologists and music technology specialists in that its soundtrack makes use of music from many parts of the world (with an ethnomusicologist consultant even on the production staff), and it utilizes the latest sound effects using 3D and surround sound technology.

The film also demonstrates the possibilities that have been opened by the use of avatars in virtual environments, and the storyline is very much concerned with various ethical issues commonly encountered in qualitative research studies, including the themes of (1) empathy toward unfamiliar worldviews, (2) post-coloniality, (3) reverse culture-shock, (4) corporate/military finance of research, and (5) the complex pursuit of understanding a foreign culture through fieldwork.

The film also demonstrates that New Zealand has continued its rise to become a globally-significant center of performing arts and feature film production, as discussed in this link:


Another related link: