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The booklets offered here for download as digital-only publications are original researches on organology and ethnomusicology. Texts are distributed under a Creative Commons license (by-nc-nd 4.0 international), and may be read/downloaded, in Spanish and English, from this blog (see section "Libros") and from Issuu, Scribd, Academia.edu and Calaméo.

Yanawan yuraqwan. Andean musical instruments in black and white

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Yanawan yuraqwan. Andean musical instruments in black and white
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Photo album with 15 black and white images accompanied by brief descriptions, introducing some of the most interesting traditional Andean musical instruments: quenas, pusi p'ias, sikus, toyos, rondadores, ocarinas, charangos, pingullos, pinkillos, waka pinkillos, waylla qhepas and wank'aras.

Booklet for free download and distribution under a Creative Commons license.

The erkencho

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The erkencho
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A brief guide introducing the reader to the structure, context and use of a particular idioglottal clarinet (erkencho, erquencho, erke, erke, irqi) played in southern Bolivia and northwestern Argentina, composed of a bell and a small reed body with a single vibrating tongue, and which retains in its notes an ancient, traditional Andean repertoire with pre-Hispanic roots, always accompanied by the drum called caja.

Booklet for free download and distribution under a Creative Commons license.

The kamacheña

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The kamacheña
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A brief guide introducing the reader to the location, structure and use of a little-known Andean aerophone (quenilla, flauta de Pascua, flautilla, quena, flautilla jujeña) performed in southern Bolivia (department of Tarija) and northwestern Argentina (provinces of Salta and Jujuy): a flute played with one hand alongside the vibrant accompaniment of the drum caja, which is used for keeping alive very ancient repertoires.

Booklet for free download and distribution under a Creative Commons license.


Turtle shells in traditional Latin American music

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Turtle shells in traditional Latin American music
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A short introduction to a world of shaken and rubbed shells, from the forests of southern Chaco to the mountains of Central Mexico, including the Amazonia, the Orinoquia, the Caribbean coasts, and covering a wide range of cultures and musics.

Booklet for free download and distribution under a Creative Commons license.