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A Stereophonic Journey Through India

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 89 min
Event Type: Other Finds Program Origin: KPFA

Jean-Louis Derche traveled to India in the summer of 1971 and faithfully recorded temple music in several out-of-the-way locations. Even more remarkable are his unusual recordings made in the streets of Benares, Chidambaran, Madurai, Tanjour, and Trivandrum. Listen to the sounds of rickshaws; a walk down a narrow street; craftsmen hammering metal; and the timeless flow of the Ganges River. Derche’s companion, photographer Monique Sidi, provided illustrations of the journey, for use in the September 1972 KPFA Folio [https://archive.org/details/kpfafoliosep72paci]. Mr. Derche, a computer scientist in Berkeley at the time of this KPFA recording in 1972, has since disappeared from sight. This was his first and only known radio project.

Part 1 of 2:  
Genres:  Soundscapes; World Music
Subject:  Ambient sounds; Soundscapes (Music); Music -- India; Ethnic music ; World music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Derche, Jean-Louis ; Sidi, Monique
First Broadcast Date:  9/21/1972
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Genres:  Soundscapes; World Music
Subject:  Ambient sounds; Soundscapes (Music); Music -- India; Ethnic music; World music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Derche, Jean-Louis ; Sidi, Monique
First Broadcast Date:  9/21/1972
 
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