“Was the Early Arabian ‘Ūd ‘Fretted’?” is “an erudite and impressive piece of scholarship. The author persuasively demonstrates that the early ʿūd was unfretted but that tie-frets may have been used for teaching or training purposes. Beyhom’s argument has important implications for not just Islamic and Western organology but indeed for the critical work of recognizing early Arabian treatises on praxis as central to the development of Greek and, therefore, to the development of European musical systems. The extraordinary analysis of primary source material that made this article stand out within a strong field of candidates exemplifies crucial considerations in organology, musicology, and music theory today.”
Amine Beyhom trained as a civil engineer as well as a musician (guitars and bass) and a composer. After obtaining his MA from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) in Paris, he worked as a research engineer in France, then changed the course of his life to become a professional musician and composer, firstly in France then in Lebanon, while learning the ʿūd and founding his own music production company. He completed his PhD in 2003 at the Sorbonne University, Paris, and his Habilitation at the same university in 2010. He later received the title of Professor in Music and Musicology.
Dr. Beyhom has published articles on numerous topics including Byzantine chant, the theory of music, and Orientalism in musicology. He has taught at universities in Lebanon and France, and in 2011 he founded the Centre for Research on the Music of Arabian and Akin countries (CERMAA), which he still leads. In 2018 he established [the] VIAMAP (the Video Animated Music Analysis Project), which has produced more than sixty video analyses. He was awarded the Lois Ibsen Al-Faruqi triennial Award by the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2017. He is active as a music analyst and videographer, as Chief Editor of Near-Eastern Musicology Online, and as the head of the CERMAA research center. He is delighted to conduct workshops with international students on various themes, the last to date (before Covid) being about Artificial Intelligence and Music.
This 47th video-analysis of the VIAMAP series is an anniversary video to commemorate the beginning of video-analyses at the CERMAA. It features 3D graphical techniques as well as a short introduction explaining the scale(s) used in the analysis. It is a sequel to the 46th video-analysis – the first in the 3D series – the publication of which is delayed. It is also a 3D remake of the first video-analysis by the CERMAA, featuring an alternate take of Hurrian Song H6 performed by Lara Jokhadar and arranged by Richard Dumbrill, Amine Beyhom and Rosy Azar Beyhom in 2012. Further details are explained below (the scale) and in the video as such, as well as in the original post for the first video-analysis.
The last sequence preceding the end credits proposes the following text:
now imagine what it would be if we could apply 3D graphic analysis and animation to all aspects and characteristics of sound; stop, rewind, slow down the music and animation at will, zoom in, zoom out, keep selected characteristics and look up each and all details from the desired point of view and, finally, apply all these to the analysis of multi-part music, with each part shown separately, or together with other parts…
Amine Beyhom, “Imagine – A scientific fantasy”
3D video-analysis of Hurrian Song H6 performed by Lara Jokhadar: take 4 recorded on the 21st of October 2012 by Amine Beyhom
Release of the first animated video produced at CERMAA.
HURRIAN SONG 6 (H6) was arranged by Richard Dumbrill, Amine Beyhom and Rosy Azar Beyhom in 2012, and performed by Lara Jokhadar.
The video (below) shows the Pitch analysis of Lara’s voice with Praat, in two sections (upper and lower). The upper section offers a general view, while the lower section shows the detailed analysis, with horizontal red dashed lines showing the tonic and the octave, blue dashed line for the fifth and green for the fourth.
Special thanks to Wim van der Meer and to Kabalan Samaha for their help in producing this first video.
In October 2012, ICONEA Director Richard Dumbrill visited Lebanon, initially to attend a conference in Beirut on Rituals in the Ancient Levant. The conference was cancelled following a bombing in the metropolis. Dumbrill seeked help from CERMAA/FOREDOFICO to produce a documentary film on the subject he had intended to give at the National Museum. The documentary, funded by the Friends of the National Museum and CERMAA/FOREDOFICO is about the research work Dumbrill has undertaken for the past 25 years on the translation of the oldest known musical text, written in the Hurrian language, dating from about 1400 years BC, and found at Ugarit in North East Syria in the 1950s. The documentary was shot by Paul Mattar, Founding member of FOREDOFICO, in a renowned archaeological site, and at the headquarters of CERMAA, in the suburbs of Beirut.
Rosy Azar Beyhom and Amine Beyhom, CERMAA founding members contributed to the Orientalisation of Dumbrill’s original rendition of the Hurrian material. The song was recorded at the CALA recording studios, a subdivision of FOREDOFICO specialised in archival recordings. Saad SAAB, President of FOREDOFICO made improvisastions on the Ꜥūd on the theme of the original music. The singing of the melody, and the acting on site was entrusted to a young and promising Lebanese singer, Lara Jokhadar Al-Aro. There, Lara played the role of a young woman afflicted with the curse of being childless, and sang her sorrow to the moon goddess NIKKAL so that she may bear child.
Lara Jokhadar al-Aro
The original score for the Hurrian H.6. song has been published in Richard Dumbrill’s article for NEMO N°1 :
Dumbrill, Richard : “Modus Vivendi,” Near Eastern Musicology Online11 |2012-11| p. 89–116.
Research groups CERMAA, ICONEA and PLM have the pleasure of calling for papers for the second issue of NEMO on the theme of ‘Modality in all its forms’. All papers welcome including Occidental forms of modality and should respect editorial terms and conditions.
Papers to be sent to either Richard Dumbrill or Amine Beyhom.
Thème de NEMO-Online N° 2
Les centres et groupes de recherches CERMAA, ICONEA et PLM ont le plaisir d’annoncer que le deuxième numéro de NEMO sera consacré à “La modalité dans tous ses états” et acceptera les articles concernant tous les aspects de la modalité, y compris dans toutes ses déclinaisons occidentales, sous réserves de conformité aux normes de la revue et de suivi du protocole d’édition.
CERMAA is delighted to inform you that the first issue, of Vol. 1 No. 1 (November 2012) is now available. It includes contributions of François Picard (France), Erik Marchand (France), Jacob Olley (Great Britain), Rosy Azar Beyhom (Lebanon), Markos Skoulios (Greece), Richard Dumbrill (Great Britain) et Amine Beyhom (Lebanon ; France).
The editorial and the summary page are available online. The hard copy (Price = 40 €) is distributed by Geuthner, France and downloadable from December 2013.
Sortie de NEMO-Online Vol. 1 No. 1
Le CERMAA a l’immense plaisir d’annoncer la sortie du Volume 1, Numéro 1 de NEMO (Novembre 2012) avec des contributions de François Picard (France), Erik Marchand (France), Jacob Olley (Grande-Bretagne), Rosy Azar Beyhom (Liban), Markos Skoulios (Grèce), Richard Dumbrill (Grande-Bretagne) et Amine Beyhom (Liban ; France).
L’Éditorial et le Sommaire sont accessibles en ligne. La version imprimée (Prix = 40 €) est distribuée par Geuthner ; la version numérique (payante) sera mise en ligne à partir de décembre 2013.
CERMAA welcomed recently Jean During, a senior researcher at CNRS – France. Jean During led three interviews on June 03 2012 with renowned Lebanese music teachers and musicians Imane Homsy (qanun), Joseph Loueizeh (teacher of singing and numerous other activities – member of CERMAA and founding member of FOREDOFICO) and Saad Saab (`ud teacher and performer – President of FOREDOFICO and member of CERMAA). He was accompanied by Amine Beyhom for CERMAA.
The subject of the interviews was “Music Aesthetics”.
Jean During is also a member of the Academic Board of NEMO-Online, the Musicological Journal co-founded by CERMAA, ICONEA (British Museum and University of London) and PLM (Université de la Sorbonne – France).
Hyphen is used to separate grammatically differing elements within single units of Arabic script, notably the noun from the article and/or from the particles wa-, fa-, ta-, bi-, li-, ka-, la-, sa- and a-.
The definite article is assimilated with the following “sun” letter (ت، ث، د، ذ، ر، ز، س، ش، ص، ض، ط، ظ، ل، ن).
Shadda(t) or tashdīd is romanized by doubling the consonant.