Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of Ethnomusicology and World Music at Florida State University. He is the director of the Autism: Responding Together in Sound and Movement (ARTISM) Ensemble and the ARTISM Musicultural Center of Florida. He is the series editor for the Routledge Focus on World Music Series, directs both the Balinese gamelan ensemble and the Omnimusica intercultural music ensemble at FSU. He maintains an active career as a composer and percussionist. Bakan is the author of World Music: Traditions and Transformations and Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur, as well as many other publications encompassing topics ranging from Indonesian music and world percussion to electronic music technology.