April 1998

• From the President
• Some Useful WWW Sites
• Announcements
• Minutes of 1997 Meeting
• Recent Publications
• Conferences
• AKMR Information

YouYoung Kang, Editor
506 Towne Avenue #3
Claremont, CA 91711
U. S. A.

From the President
A steady trickle of people are investigating the AKMR website, according to the logfile, so the word is gradually getting out. But we still need to make the website as useful as possible to attract more followers until we reach the critical mass where AKMR renews itself regularly without needing constant prodding from the few diehards. We welcome offers of material for the website, and there are indications that a couple of useful bibliographies are on the way; these should greatly expand the short, Western-language bibliography already there.

At the business meeting in Pittsburgh last October we discussed strategies for the future, and two ideas came up in connection with the annual meeting in conjunction with the Society for Ethnomusicology: first, that we could organize, as in Pittsburgh, special AKMR panels devoted entirely to Korean music, and second, that we could present individual papers in various other panels. The first concentrates the Korean material in one session, intensifying the content, but limiting the audience, and the second spreads the word widely, but waters down the particularly Korean content and sense of community. It was decided to pursue both courses of action, alternating years. In Bloomington in October 1998, we hope for papers on Korean music to infiltrate widely into various panels, and in 1999 we'll plan another specialist AKMR panel. Please get your research into shape for presentations at SEM!

Speaking of Bloomington, one of the great features of the place is the Archive of Traditional Music, which includes some Korean material. You might find it useful to explore the potential of the Archive for your own research, and you can get advance information on the Web at

Korea has been suffering economic difficulties recently, and we must face the fact that the remarkable generosity which Korea has shown toward foreign scholars will have to be scaled back for some time at least. The signs of recovery are good so far, and the exchange rate is steadily improving (from the Korean standpoint). AKMR will almost certainly need to forge its own financial way, and this means it is important that members of AKMR, especially those who are unable to attend the annual meeting in conjunction with SEM, send in their annual dues. As can be expected from a youthful organisation, the dues at the moment are more a matter of investing in our future rather than giving an immediate payback, and therefore all the more necessary.

My thanks to everyone who has contributed to the furtherance of AKMR this year, and especially my thanks to Okon Hwang for her secretarial and financial efforts (and good memory) and to YouYoung Kang for the superb Newsletter.

Robert C. Provine
March, 1998

Some Useful WWW Sites

* Frank Hoffmann's Korean Studies Page: (Improved!)

* Korean Traditional Arts:

* Korean Culture: [now obsolete]

* Korean Music & Instruments:

* Ken Robinson's Korean Studies Bibliography:

* Korean Paintings and Traditional Music:

* Samulnori: [no longer functional]

* AKMR list of useful Korean Music links:

Korean Music Dissertation

Andrew Killick's dissertation "The Invention of Traditional Korean Opera and the Problem of the Traditionesque: Ch'anggûk and its Relation to P'ansori Narratives" has been accepted by the University of Washington, and he'll receive the Ph.D. degree at the end of this quarter. Korean Music at Indiana

If you will be presenting a paper or performing Korean Music at SEM in Bloomington or at another conference, please send a note to the Editor (for Fall Newsletter). Harvard Korean Studies Bibliographic Database

A Korean studies bibliography of over 70,000 publications in Western languages has been compiled on CD-ROM by the Korea Institute at Harvard University. Korean American Music

YouYoung Kang as started compiling a short list of resources and bibliography for the study of Korean-American Music. See: Korean Culture Program

The Academy of Korean Studies in Sôngnam-si, Korea is offering its sixth annual Korean Culture Program for the benefit of overseas students and scholars involved in Korean studies. The program will be given July 13, 1998 through August 8, 1998, and the lectures will be in Korean. (Participants will be placed in elementary or advanced classes based on their fluency in Korean.) The Academy will cover the cost of enrollment, course fees, accomodation, and meals for the program, as well as expenses for programmed outings, but participants should provide their own travel expenses to and from Korea.

Persons in their third or fourth year of college or enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs related to Korean studies may apply by submitting: a completed application form, the most recent transcript, one letter of recommendation, and 3 photos (3.5x4.5cm). Professional researchers may apply by submitting an application form, certificate of employment, curriculum vitae, and 3 photos. The deadline for the receipt of applications is April 30, 1998.

For application forms or for more information, contact: Director, Korean Culture Program, Graduate School, The Academy of Korean Studies, 50 Unjung-dong, Pundang-gu, Sôngnam-si, Kyônggi-do, 463-791, KOREA; [82] (342) 709-8111 ext. 273; FAX [82] (342) 709-9946; Programs and Fellowships

Upcoming in the Fall Newsletter

AKMR 1997 Meeting
The AKMR annual meeting, President Provine presiding, began at 6:40 pm, October 24, 1997.

A moment of silence for Marnie Dilling, who was one of the founders of AKMR and was Member-at-Large.

Secretary Okon Hwang gave a financial report:

Inflow $228.06 ($225.63 membership dues + $2.43 dividend)
Outflow $225.84 ($97.28 for April 97 mailing + $128.56 for Oct. 97 mailing)
Difference $ 2.22 in black
Newsletter Editor YouYoung Kang asked that members inform the change of mailing address not to waste our valuable financial resources on returned mails. Kang also asked members to let her know of information and news for the Newsletter that would be helpful to others.

President Provine remarked on the success of the AKMR panel at the current conference which had drawn a fabulous attendance. He also reminded the members to utilize the web page as a valuable source of information.

Okon Hwang reported on the success of the 1997 summer workshop on Korean traditional music at the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.

Andrew Killick was elected as Member-at-Large (vacated by the late Marnie Dilling).

Discussion on the format of AKMR panel: it was decided that an AKMR panel would be formed on alternate years (one year with a panel, one year without).

Charles Starrett is going to check into the possibility of having an e-mail chat room dedicated to Korean music related issues.

[Minutes by Okon Hwang]

Recent Publications
Chosôn wangjo sillok ûmak kisa charyojip, Kojôn charyo ch'ongsô series (Kyônggi-do Sôngnam-si: Han'guk Chôngsin Munhwa Yôn'guwôn [Academy of Korean Studies], 1996).

Contogenis, Constantine, and Wolhee Choe, trans., Songs of the Kisaeng, ill. by Wonsook Kim, New American Translations Series, 10 (Rochester: BOA Editions, 1997).

Han'guk minyo taejôn [Great series of Korean folk songs] (Sôul T'ûkpyôlsi: Munhwa pangsong):

* Ch'ungch'ông-pukto minyo haesôlchip (1995)
* Ch'ungch'ông-namdo minyo haesôlchip (1995)
* Kyôngsang-pukto minyo haesôlchip (1995)
* Kyônggi-do minyo haesôlchip (1996)
{Also CD recordings in the same series.}

Howard, Keith, "Korea," in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, vol. 5 (Kassel: Barenreiter, and Stuttgart: Metzler, 1996).

Howard, Keith, "A Compact Discography of Korean Traditional Music," Korea Journal 36/3 (1996), 115-132 and 36/4 (1996), 120-140.

Lee, Hye-ku [Yi, Hye-gu], Han'guk ûmak non'go [Korea's music: Theory and history] (Seoul: Seoul National University, 1995).

Noh, Tong-un, Han'guk kuntae ûmaksa [History of modern Korean music], Han'gil munhak yesul ch'ongsô series, 15 (Seoul: Han'gil, 1995).

Song, Bang-song, Han'guk ûmak t'ongsa (Seoul T'ûkpyôlsi: Ilchogak, 1995).

Song, Bang-song, Han'guk ûmaksa non'go [A study of the history of Korean music] (Taegu: Yôngnam University Press, 1995). Short description in Korea Journal 35/4 (1995): 143-5.

Yi, Sung-chun [Yi Sông-ch'ôn], "The identity of traditional Korean music," Korea Journal 37/3 (1997), 110-122.

Reported in the AKMR Newsletter, March 1997:

* Kim, Hônsôn, Kim Hônsôn ûi samul nori iyagi [Kim Hônsôn's tales of samul nori] (Seoul: P'ulbit, 1995).

* Kwôn, Hûidôk, Nongak kyobon [A nongak manual] (Seoul: Seilsa, 1995).

* Provine, Robert C., "State Sacrifical Music and Korean Identity", in Bell Yung, Evelyn S. Rawski, and Rubie S. Watson, eds., Harmony and Counterpoint: Ritual Music in Chinese Context (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996), pp. 54-75.

* Yi, Pohyông, "Sanjo ûi changdan-gwa ridûmhyông ûi wôllyu: Sanjo ûi p'ansori ûmak suyongnon-ûl chungshim-ûro" [The origins of rhythmic patterns and rhythmic forms in sanjo: A discussion of sanjo's appropriation of p'ansori music], Minjok ûmakhak 18 (1996): 131-48.

* Yi, Yonggu, Ching: Param ûi sori, hanûl ûi sori [Ching: The sound of wind, the sound of the heavens], 2nd ed. (Pusan: Yujin p'osuk'om, 1995).

See also recent volumes of:

* Kugak yôn'gam [Korean traditional music yearbook]
* Minjok ûmakhak [Journal of the Asian Music Research Institute]
* Kugagwôn nonmunjip [Journal of the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts]
* Han'guk ûmaksa hakpo [Journal of the Society for Korean Historico-Musicology]

Note from the Editor:

The Editor would greatly appreciate the help of AKMR members in compiling the "Recent Publications" column. Please send in news of recent publications, especially of works by AKMR members or recently published in Korea.

(See also SEM Newsletter, March 1998 for more listings.)

October 1-4, 1998. CHIME Conference. European Foundation for Chinese Music Research: Barbarian Pipes and Strings: 2,000 Years of Cross-Cultural Influences in the Music of China. Internationales Wissenschaftsforum University of Heidelberg, Germany. Contact: Dr. Barbara Mittler, Harvard University, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 USA;

October 22-25, 1998. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Bloomington, Indiana. (In conjunction: annual meeting of the Association for Korean Music Research).

Fall 1998. Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology. Taiwan?

August 19-25, 1999. 35th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music. Hiroshima, Japan. Themes of the Conference will be: Learning Music, Learning Dance; The Musician/ Dancer in Asian Society; Asian Music and Dance Research; Music and Peace; Local Transformations of Global Pop; New Research. Proposals by ICTM members should be sent before 1October 1998 to: Prof. Gerard Behague, ICTM Program Chairman, School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA; For more information on ICTM see:

AKMR Website

AKMR Membership
The Association for Korean Music Research is dedicated to the advancement of the research and study of Korean music. Individual members of AKMR receive the AKMR Newsletter and may vote and participate in the activities of AKMR. Membership dues are $10 (US). All inquiries about membership and payment of membership dues (payable to "AKMR") should be made to:

Dr. Okon Hwang
Fine Arts Department
Shafer Hall 4
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT 06226

AKMR Officers
Robert Provine, President
Okon Hwang, Secretary/Treasurer
YouYoung Kang, Newsletter Editor
Keith Howard, Member-at-Large
Nathan Hesselink, Member-at-Large
Andrew Killick, Member-at-Large