Hugo Zemp

Hugo Zemp

Hugo Zemp (14 May, 1937, Basle, Switzerland) is a Swiss-French ethnomusicologist.

Zemp Studied musicology and anthropology at the University of Basle (1958-61) while finishing a diploma in percussion at the Basle Conservatory (1960). He then attended the Ecole pratique des hautes études and took the doctorate with Denise Paulme and André Schaeffner in 1968. He also joined the CNRS at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, then directed by Gilbert Rouget, in 1967; and was appointed to teach ethnomusicology in 1981 at the University of Paris X-Nanterre. In 1982, he was made editor of the recording series Collection du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et du Musée de l'Homme, to which he has contributed recordings both before and during his term as editor.

Zemp’s extensive fieldwork in West Africa, Oceania and Switzerland have resulted in writings which are now standard reference works. His dissertation was one of the first books on African music written from the anthropological perspective. Zemp has also explored the sophisticated polyphony and structures of vernacular oral traditions of the ‘Are’are of the Solomon Islands in a number of publications. His films (such as Voix de tête, voix de poitrine, 1988) and writings about film, particularly concerning yodelling, investigate for the first time the visualization of musical structure as well as the physiological and acoustical aspects of overtone singing.
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Hugo Zemp Discography Tracks


OCR 74 Hugo Zemp Musique De Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands(LP, Mono, Gat) Ocora, Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF) OCR 74 France 1970 Sell This Version
CNR 5741106 / 07 Hugo Zemp Les Danses Du Monde(2xCD, Album) Le Chant Du Monde CNR 5741106 / 07 France 1998 Sell This Version
C 488 Hugo Zemp Percussions De Côte D'Ivoire(LP, Album) Disques Alvarès, Éditions De La Boîte À Musique C 488 France Unknown Sell This Version