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 is a freelance researcher, writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling around the World and the compiler of the CD Rough Guide to Yodel. He lives and works in Amsterdam and is the disc jockey of radio show Wreck This Mess.
Preface: Drive-By Yodel Yoknowledgements An Introduction to the Insane Logic of Yodeling In the Beginning Was the Holler The Black Voice Heard Blue Around the World Yodel-Spotting in the Big-Small World The Great Leap from Low to High Culture EGO vs. ECHO The Yodel That Ate Celluloid Swiss Yodels The Lands of Yo Notes Index