Welcome to ARC Music
ARC Music offers the largest selection of world and ethnic music from all corners of the globe. Established in 1976, we are the original world music label.
The catalogue covers a wide selection of music including Kantele music from Finland, music of the North American Indians, Didgeridoo music from Australia, Punjabi Pop or Bhangra from India, Chinese Dulcimer, Japanese Koto, Middle Eastern percussion, music from Tahiti and much more. We cater for every purse, from our high quality low price series, to the popular mid price range and to collector items in the high price category.
Like many great stories this one started with an idea, with the enthusiasm and with the work (and lots of it) of one man – Horst Tubbesing. Horst recognised the difficulty encountered by many talented artists in obtaining recording contracts; so starting out in Germany, originally with a few vinyl recordings to suit the needs of touring artists from Bolivia, he founded the label ‘Eulenspiegel’ (this is where the EU of our album product numbers comes from and our logo of the winking owl with a mirror – Eulenspiegel literally means “Owl’s Mirror”).
As the original pioneers in world music we have come a long way. We are now an international company, with an in-house recording studio, in-house graphic design and in-house mastering – all this with our first ever release – the Bolivian EUCD1001, still selling after more than 30 years. From selling a few vinyl recordings from the back of a Citroen 2CV in 1976 to an international company delivering thousands of CDs each week to all corners of the world, the journey has not always been easy.