Melodies from Uzbekistan, CD collection of Uzbek musical intangible heritage  ⓒ ICHCAP
Melodies from Uzbekistan, CD collection of Uzbek musical intangible heritage ⓒ ICHCAP

Melodies from the Silk Road

ICHCAP released Melodies from Uzbekistan, an eight-CD collection of Uzbek musical intangible heritage.

The collection includes audio recordings remastered by the Fine Arts Institute of the Academy of Science of the Republic of Uzbekistan using the latest technology. It was created as part of ICHCAP’s joint project with the National Commission of Uzbekistan for UNESCO to restore and digitize analogue intangible heritage data.

The tracks include a wide range of folk music collected onsite from the 1950s to the 1980s along the national border as well as studio recordings made between the 1930s and 1970s. The collection was designed with a modern touch, making it easier for the public and experts from around the world to approach what would be to most an exotic collection of traditional music. Along with the eight CDs, the album contains three booklets about Uzbek folk music in Korean, English and Uzbek, which is all scheduled to be accessible online through the ICHCAP e-Knowledge Center, version 2.

The eight CDs that cover the rich and diverse tradition of Uzbek music is expected to play an important role in various fields as a resource for intangible heritage education and promotion.

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