Tyler Yamin
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Acoustemology of environmental conservation, gibbon song, multispecies ethnomusicology

Tyler Yamin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnomusicology. His dissertation project, a multispecies ethnography of gibbon conservation, brings together insights from sound studies, political ontology, and the environmental humanities to examine the ways in which sound—sometimes materially, sometimes metaphorically—suffuses the practical, ethical, and political dimensions of a project designed to prevent the extinction of severely threatened arboreal ape species famous for their complex and coordinated vocalizations. A recipient of the 21st Century Fellowship from the Society for Ethnomusicology (2019) and the Ki Mantle Hood Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawai’i Chapter (2018), Tyler was also awarded the inaugural Best Article Prize from the International Council for Traditional Music (2020) recognizing his 2019 article in Ethnomusicology . Arriving at UCLA with an M.F.A. in Indonesian Music and Dance from the California Institute of the Arts (2012), Tyler maintains a research interest in traditional Indonesian music and has directed, taught, and tuned numerous gamelan ensembles across Southern California.

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