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Andrew Alter is Senior Lecturer in Music Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney

He teaches and undertakes research in a diverse range of sub-disciplines including popular music studies, ethnomusicology, composition, and music theory. His primary research is focused on traditional and popular music in India and Indonesia as well as World Music practice in Australia.  His performance interests span an eclectic mix of world music and experimental genres and include diverse musical practice on piano and cello as well as within vocal ensembles and Indonesian gamelan. Currently he leads the Macquarie University gamelan ensemble (MUGE).

As an ethnomusicologist, Andrew has published widely in the discipline’s leading journals and reference tools. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Australian Musicological Society, the South Asian Studies Association of Australia, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music. He has contributed to Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism and The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments.

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Outputs 1997 2018

Encoding spatial experience in Garhwali popular music cassettes

Alter, A., 23 Jun 2018, In : Himalaya. 38, 1, p. 71-80 10 p., 12.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
sound storage medium
religious behavior
music
listener
regional identity

Iconic imagination: listening to, and looking back at, the piano in early Hindi cinema

Alter, A. & Dean, J., Apr 2018, In : Studies in South Asian Film and Media. 9, 1, p. 3-20 18 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cinema
nostalgia
song
Ideologies
symbol

Introduction: popular music across the Himalayas

Dinnerstein, N. & Alter, A., Jun 2018, In : Himalaya. 38, 1, p. 68-70 3 p., 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
music
Tibet
life style
Nepal
Ideologies

Introduction: popular music across the Himalayas

Dinnerstien, N. & Alter, A., Jun 2018, In : Himalaya. 38, 1, p. 68-70 3 p., 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

Open Access
File
music
musician
society

Recasting lok and folk in Uttarakhand: etymologies, religion and regional musical practice

Alter, A., 3 Apr 2018, In : South Asia. 41, 2, p. 483-492 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

music
religion
Religion
spirituality
religious behavior