My name: Pieter de Rooij.
Born: December 1963.
Academic studies: Anthropology, Ethnomusicology (Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1988, University of Amsterdam). My graduation thesis dealt with opera as theatre of myth and ritual in the nineteen-eighties. After finishing university I was also educated in music library work.
Experience: in the period 1993-2012 I worked in Hilversum at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (1993-1994) as music cataloguer and at Radio Netherlands (1995-Nov.2012) as audio-archivist, information specialist and as producer of world music show Hear The World/Escucha El Mundo ; In 2014-2015 I did a project all on my own: I digitized and archived nearly 2600 Master theses (delivered in the period 1948-2006) of the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the University of Amsterdam.
Other activities: regular producer of world music programmes for dutch radiostation De Concertzender ; music consultant ; founder of two social network groups: Raga Unlimited (on Linkedin) and Gharana – information and news about raga music and its performers (on Facebook).
* raga music
* crossmedia specialist
* producer of radio&video features
* the use of music in radio&video features
* writing about music
* gamelan music (Java and Bali): played it in the period 1983-2003
* Western opera
* world music in general
Special interests in music: raga music ; world music ; opera ; Western classical music ; jazz ; film music.
Other special interests: literature, film, history, geopolitics and foreign policy.
Purpose of my blog: to inform you about my activities concerned with music and – occassionally – other obsessive matters.
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