In the 1960s and ’70s, French writer Réjane Sarazanas published many educational books for parents and educators. She is now in charge of educational programs for the French administration (Inspectrice Générale de l’Instruction Publique). Husband Philippe Sarazanas worked as an illustrator for children books. ‘La naissance d’une tourterelle’ (The Birth of a Dove – a Ringneck Dove to be precise) is an educational disc intended to be used in conjunction with a set of 12 color picture slides that came with the record. The soundtrack comprises what could pass for outdoor and birds recordings, as well as synthesizer. No attempt have been made to make it sound realistic, though, and a team of gifted Foley artists created all the noises we hear, with the help of a few library LPs. The audio work is credited to Studio Ganaro, the electronic studio of light and library music composer Roger Roger, and home of many creations by Nino Nardini and Eddie Warner (French library music stalwarts) for the Creasound label. The studio was located in Jouy-en-Josas (near Versailles, south of Paris). Their creation for Naissance… blends chirping birds, a barking dog, crickets, flies, doves’ cooing, bathing and playing, etc… with an exquisite, recurring theme played on cheesy synth. A narration is created, though without the help of a verbal comment. Some 10 to 20 seconds silences are inserted here and there, presumably for slide change and/or discussion with the children. Technical note: sound quality below average.
Side 1 (7:05)
Side 2 (6:55)
Total time 14:00
7”+inserts published by Armand Colin publisher, France, mid-1970s