Yodel in Hi-Fi
From Kitsch Folk to Contemporary Electronica
“Yodel in Hi-Fi: From Kitsch Folk to Contemporary Electronica offers an amazing amount of new insights and knowledge.”
Yodel in Hi-Fi explores the vibrant and varied traditions of yodelers around the world. Far from being a quaint and dying art, yodel is a thriving vocal technique that has been perennially renewed by singers from Switzerland to Korea, from Colorado to Iran. Bart Plantenga offers a lively and surprising tour of yodeling in genres from opera to hip-hop and in venues from cowboy campfires and Oktoberfests to film soundtracks and yogurt commercials. Displaying an extraordinary versatility, yodeling crosses all borders and circumvents all language barriers to assume its rightful place in the world of music.
“Bart Plantenga has, with Yodel in Hi-Fi, added enormously to his groundbreaking work begun with his earlier book Yodel-Ay-Ee Oooo. The history, musicology, and anthropology of yodeling—from indigenous people all over the planet to film stars like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers—is covered in astonishing breadth and depth.”
—Douglas B. Green, yodeler with “Riders in the Sky”
“Bart Plantenga’s new extensive study of yodeling literally echoes off the highest cultural mountaintop. Plantenga goes well beyond the who and what of yodeling into the most intricate aspects of human culture, above all, our need to make freaky noise.”
—Eugene Chadbourne, musician-composer
“With Yodel in HiFi, Bart Plantenga continues the extraordinary in-depth exploration begun in his earlier volume, Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo. . . . And while Plantenga is refreshingly open to every manifestation of yodel-related trivia cum nostalgia to be found, he is also a very serious, diligent and often remarkably astute scholar. His first book merely broached the topic, it would seem. This second one, equally rich in fact, fantasy, wit and wisdom, fills in many of the essential details.”
—Victor Grauer, Ph.D., ethnomusicologist, author of Sounding the Depths: Tradition and the Voices of History
“A triumph of cheeky erudition that demonstrates beyond any doubt the international ubiquity of goofy yet profound chest-to-head vocal acrobatics in a legion of longstanding, continuously evolving musical styles. Bart Plantenga is an original thinker and a truly gifted writer blessed with vision, wit, and passion.”
—James P. Leary, author of Polkabilly and Yodeling in Dairyland
As you read Yodel in HiFi, get in the mood & listen to some of Bart's Wreck This Mess radio shows devoted to yodeling:
Wreck Yodel Extreme
Wreck Yodelin' Kenny Roberts
Wreck Yodel 2010
Yodel in HiFi is also featured in an article and a podcast on the Swiss news website www.swissinfo.ch.
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