Hits In Hi-Fi: Mystic Moods

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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