Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Musique du Viet-Nam [BAM LD 365] a 7-inch EP released in France in 1960

Here is a delightful 7-inch, 33RPM "EP" released from the french label BAM (which apparently stands for Boîte à Musique -- or, "music box" to Anglophones).

I'm not sure if this music ever appeared on an LP.

The internet has provided me with this information about Tran Van Khe:

Trần Văn Khê (July 24, 1921, Binh Hoà Dông, Viêt-Nam – June 24, 2015, Hồ Chí Minh City, Việt-Nam) is a Vietnamese Dàn kim, Dàn co, Dàn tranh, Trông player and ethnomusicologist. 

Director of research at Centre national de la recherche scientifique for 16 years. Professor of ethnomusicology at Université de la Sorbonne during 19 years. 

Trân was a member of the laboratory team UPR 298 "Comparative studies on Southeast Asia", board member of Unesco-IMC project entitled "The Universe of Music : a History" (UMH)", and also honorary member of Conseil International de la Musique (Unesco).

Equipment used in transfer:

Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97xE
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepair, and xAct.


highest resolution files I am capable of producing

after decoding to WAV files, these can be burned to CDR

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  1. Thank you very much Richard for this music diamond!! tRAN vAN kHE is a great artist!! one of a kind .

  2. Hello - judging from the tracklist, I believe the music on this EP formed the A side of the "Musiques du Viêt-Nam" LP also released on the BAM label, available on the wonderful LolaRadio blog:

    Thank you very much for sharing all these, having enjoyed your Indian classical blog for some years I'm very happy to have found this one today :)