Hits In Hi‐Fi: Mystic Moods

in Daily Programme, Monthly Programme, Radio Riel Main, The MOST

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

Today we’re taking another journey back to the 1950s and 1960s, when home audio was new and excitingly futuristic… with Hits In Hi‐Fi. And this time, we’re featuring music by the Mystic Moods Orchestra. And later on, there’s a new episode of The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track, featuring great music from movies and TV series from the 50s, 60s and beyond.

In the early days of stereo, a significant number of albums were released that were designed especially to show off the wonders of this new way of presenting musical entertainment. Sounds “ping‐ponged” across the stereo soundstage; instruments appeared hard on one side and then hard on the other… and there were a lot of space references, bloops and bleeps starting and ending the pieces — and once the Moog Synthesiser became available, that was included in the mix too.

A selection of these albums forms the core of our music today. Often the tracks consist of instrumental arrangements of popular songs, but there are also plenty of original tunes too. Aimed at the imagined bachelor in his pad, inviting his friends around to blow them away with the latest stereophonic sounds, the genre is sometimes called “Space‐Age Bachelor Pad Music” or “SABPM”; later “Jet Set Pop”; or more broadly, “Space Age Pop”.

On the programme today, we’re including selections from the Mystic Moods Orchestra. Known for mixing orchestral pop, environmental sounds, and pioneering recording techniques, the Mystic Moods Orchestra was created by audiophile Brad Miller. The first Mystic Moods Orchestra album One Stormy Night, was released in 1965, and they continued to release albums into the 1980s. Apart from the somewhat psychedelic Awakening (1973), the albums increasingly targeted the no doubt significant market for “music for luuurv”, with atmospheric thunderstorms linking the tracks. Both the albums mentioned will turn up in the mix today.

It’s The MOST

MOSTAnd then at 11am and 7pm Pacific time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK, don’t miss Susannah with the latest episode of The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track, our monthly opportunity to delve into the lost (or sometimes classic) movie and TV soundtracks of the 50s and 60s and beyond — and to discover something of the story behind them.

Today you can hear cool music by Edwin Astley and others, from movies including Satan in High Heels and The Wild Party, and TV series including The Saint  and the German Raumpatrouille (aka ‘Space Patrol’ — not to be confused with the British Roberta Leigh series), and much more. Don’t miss it!

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are tuning in from Canada or the United States, please click here. Otherwise, click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. 

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