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Reviews for Educators - "The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance"
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Published: Tokyo : JVC, Victor Company of Japan [production company], 1988
Cambridge, MA : Rounder Records [distributor], [1990]

JVC has produced a major work (some 30 volumes with guide) giving insight into cultural traditions of Music and Dance throughout the World. The volumes are organized geographically. While it is not possible to include the entire world in such a series JVC has gone a long way in providing these field recordings to ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, and educators.

Most of the productions are from field work. There are recordings which were done inside at a studio with video footage from the countryside. There are some wonderful shots of dances and costumes and regalia which are much easier to see in the context of live video footage, rather than to leave to the imagination of a black and white or color still photograph.

At times, the studio recordings do not match exactly with the field video, which can be a little confusing if one is trying to identify particular sounds. It might be best to indicate to the students that there are points where the sound was recorded separately from the video.

All in all this is a wonderful resource. While it is expensive, it is possible to purchase each volume individually. In that way a school district (or educator) could buy them over a period of years, or even just buy selected videos.

Some of the narration is not in English (having been produced for example by the former Soviet Government). It will be necessary to refer to the guide for translations of the narration and some of the subtitles. When I first viewed the volumes of the Former Soviet Union, I was surprised to see subtitles by the Soviet producers in Russian (along with Russian narration) which was then partially subtitled in English.

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