The Photographs Of Charles Duvelle – Disques OCORA And Collection PROPHET


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’s sterling reputation is largely built on composer and musicologist Charles Duvelle’s pioneering field recordings, as well as his now-iconic photographs and graphic design. A fine-art photography book comprises an exhaustive collection of Duvelle’s field photography from 1959 to 1978, demonstrating that this master musicologist had an equally unerring eye for photography.

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  • • 188 black & white and 58 color photographs selected by Charles Duvelle and Hisham Mayet from five regions surveyed during his time with Ocora: West Africa, Central Africa, Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands, and SouthEast Asia
  • • Two CDs of music compiled exclusively for this volume by Charles Duvelle with fully annotated track listings and recording details
  • • An interview with Charles Duvelle by Hisham Mayet (French and English facing text)
  • • “Disques Ocora / Charles Duvelle Discography, 1959–1974,” a complete overview illustrated with 94 full-color album thumbnails
  • • “The Prophet Collection, 1999–2004,” a discography of Duvelle’s post-Ocora label, illustrated with 41 full-color album thumbnails
  • • Ocora catalogues, 1964–1973
  • • A photo index listing the details of each photograph in the book
  • • “Eastern Music in Black Africa,” a 17 page report prepared by Charles Duvelle at the request of UNESCO, February 1970

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