The International Lounge

It’s cheesy… it’s corny…  it’s the Inter­na­tion­al Lounge!

Today’s pro­gramme brings you a selec­tion of pri­mar­i­ly instru­men­tal music, and pri­mar­i­ly from the 1960s as we present a com­fort­able sojourn in … the Inter­na­tion­al Lounge.

You’ll hear instru­men­tal — and oth­er — arrange­ments of well-known tunes of the peri­od, along with the best of pop­u­lar pro­duc­tion music and themes from the 60s. Most of the mate­r­i­al is from the Unit­ed King­dom, the Unit­ed States and occa­sion­al­ly main­land Europe: so at least it some­what deserves the label “inter­na­tion­al”.

It’s com­plete­ly unfair to call this music “ele­va­tor music” — it was often played, com­posed and arranged by some of the best musi­cians of the time. Yes, some of it is corny, but some is real­ly quite amaz­ing. And it’s guar­an­teed to cause a wave of nos­tal­gia to flow over you.

Today, of course, “lounge music” is ter­ri­bly fash­ion­ably retro, and no longer con­signed to the old vinyl bin in the char­i­ty shop under the head­ing “Easy Lis­ten­ing”. Instead, the old mas­ters are being dust­ed off as we speak and reis­sued on com­pi­la­tion albums. In the US there is an enor­mous series of them, and you’ll hear some today; in the UK, we rely more on out-of-print pro­duc­tion music library albums, although the remix artists are busy redis­cov­er­ing things like the fab KPM “100 Series”. So tune in, sit back, let the bar-ten­der bring you a gin and ton­ic with ice and lemon, and enjoy your stay in the Inter­na­tion­al Lounge.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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.

Image cour­tesy of Hojusaram.

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