Organological investigation of traditional Philippine musical instruments: Preliminary notes and inquiries
Philippine indigenous musical instruments are of considerable importance as they link the country’s pre-Hispanic period to the greater Mainland and Island Southeast Asian realm of trade and mutual influence. This research explores traditional music of the Philippines through a morphological analysis of musical instruments, particularly those collected in the early 1900s. This study is primarily grounded in the organology of an assemblage of over 300 musical instruments archived at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, U.S.A. and attempts to address various lines of inquiry to elaborate on aspects such as the cultural manufacture of sound, contextual performance and function, and lineages and musical spheres. This presentation outlines a brief background of the research, methodologies employed, preliminary results and insights, as well as delving into two case studies from the Ifugao, a group of Austronesian-speaking peoples from the mountainous region of northern Luzon.