The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora and Collection Prophet

by Charles Duvelle

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Disques Ocora, a French label dedicated to capturing and publishing the sounds of folkloric culture from around the world, is held in the highest possible regard in the realms of professional and amateur ethnomusicology. Instigated in 1958 by Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of musique concrète, Disques Ocora developed a sterling reputation largely for its publication of composer and musicologist Charles Duvelle's pioneering field recordings, as well as his now-iconic photographs and graphic design.

Charles Duvelle's work is indisputably one of the most important contributions to the human understanding of the rich biodiversity of our planet's music and language. In 1977, his field recordings from Benin were selected by Carl Sagan for inclusion on the Voyager Golden Records, which were carried into outer space by the Voyager spacecraft to stand as an example of humanity's highest musical expressions for the universe's unknown listeners.

This release includes 16 tracks of archival recordings (some of which have never been published before) selected and compiled by Duvelle himself. Most of the first 13 tracks, which focus on Africa, are complete versions of truncated tracks from out-of-print Ocora LPs. The final 3 tracks are focused on material from Asia, with two long tracks that have never been released before and a complete unedited version of a previously released track.

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released July 14, 2017

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