From the Library: The Early Music Show

Today on Radio Riel we present a pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music includ­ing a wide vari­ety of mate­r­i­al from the Mediæ­val and Renais­sance peri­ods.

In addi­tion we are fea­tur­ing the work of Chris­t­ian Salès and OC. Tour around the ancient sites of French Occ­i­ta­nia – the south­ern half of France, includ­ing Provence, Drôme-Vivarais, Auvergne, Lim­ou­sin, Guyenne, Gas­cony and Langue­doc, where tra­di­tion­al­ly the Occ­i­tan lan­guage was spo­ken – and you will often find albums and oth­er mate­r­i­al by these artists who have spe­cialised in bring­ing the tra­di­tion­al music of the region to life. You’ll find them par­tic­u­lar­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Cathar sites in SW France, such as the area around Car­cas­sonne. In addi­tion to the use of authen­tic tra­di­tion­al instru­ments they also employ mod­ern elec­tron­ic sounds in a sub­tle way to enhance the char­ac­ter of their music. But they are much more than a group of musi­cians.

Found­ed in 1999 by Chris­t­ian Salès, OC aims at pro­mot­ing the Occ­i­tan­ian tra­di­tion through artis­tic works. He says, “Our col­lec­tive both includes and under­stands musi­cians, dancers, plas­tics tech­ni­cians and spe­cial­ists in the dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies of light and sound. OC col­lab­o­rates in eclec­tic AV projects that incor­po­rate live per­for­mance in the spir­it of widen­ing under­stand­ing of Occ­i­tan­ian cul­ture.”

From the Library is broad­cast in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library: today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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