From the Library: Contemporary Instrumental Music

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 29 April, 2009

Today we are featuring modern instrumental music in our series From the Library. You’ll hear a wide selection of artists from the “New Age” and “smooth jazz” genres, to provide you with a relaxing, melodic Springtime soundtrack to the middle of your week: something enjoyable but at the same time something you can work, read or relax to without the intrusion of lyrics (well, virtually: a couple of vocal numbers may have crept in).

These contemporary instrumentalists blend jazz and other styles to create a tuneful, melodic atmosphere that can be regarded in some senses as the modern equivalent of traditional “Light Music”, which blended light classical styles with increasingly jazz-based elements. But while they often feature quite extensive arrangements, today’s performers are often working alone or in small groups, using today’s multitrack recording environments and electronic instrumentation to build impressive and expressive soundscapes.

Today, we’ll be hearing artists like David Arkenstone, Exchange, Mannheim Steamroller, Magnatune.com artist Jeff Wahl, Acoustic Alchemy and many more. Enjoy!

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life, and today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen now at http://music.radioriel.org. (To listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and if the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world. 

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