In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Anthony Seeger, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, speaks at length about his chosen field and what he has learned about music and culture in the course of his career. He recounts his time living among the Suyá Indians of Central Brazil and the specific ways in which that society uses music to order the rhythm of their lives, and then widens the discussion to cover some of the larger trends in Western music over the past century — for example, how recording technology transformed how music is written, experienced, and commoditized. He also discusses some of the unique challenges of being a musicologist — such as how to preserve recorded music forever, how to successfully understand cultural context when studying music, and how the study of a people’s music can change that music.