Various Artists

Voices of the World [Le Chant Du Monde]

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Herein lies some of the most wildly unusual vocal recordings ever. Drawing from the furthest reaches of the globe, this anthology is not organized by country or function of the song, but by the actual sound itself. Techniques are divided into categories like calls, cries, and clamors, or voice and breath. Other divisions include compass, register, colors, and timbres. While daunting in its scope, there are several choice tracks that make the 3-hour-plus VOICES OF THE WORLD immediately invigorating. "Trois Jeux De Gorge, Katajjaq" features selections of Inuit throat singing, a game where two people sing into each others mouths resulting in a curiously dynamic rhythm. Also featured is an example of the lovely Dhrupad singing from India (track 15), known for its wide vocal range and hypnotic glissandos. The latter tracks concentrate on polyphonic singing, including two selections of Sardinian choral music that is incredibly rich and varied in texture. VOICES OF THE WORLD is a definitive collection that serves as proof of the limitless capabilities of the human voice.

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