Travels in the Altai 2002/2003 - A BBC World Service radio programme (30 mins)
Songs from the Altai (8 mins 20 secs)

Ethnomusicology Expedition 2002

In the summer of 2002 our recording expedition visited the republic of Altai in south Siberia to map the ethno-musical landscape.

Our original aims were set down in our applications for funding as follows:

  • To map the ethno-musical landscape of South Altai, an area where two cultures, Islam and Buddhism, met and mingled with the indigenous animist Altaian culture.
  • The expedition aims to record locally produced music and oral literature, and by observing and interviewing willing individuals, to build up a profile of the role that music plays in the lives of Altaian people.

Travels in the Altai 2002/2003 is available by kind permission of the BBC