The Light Programme: The Music Between The Programmes

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 3 March, 2012

The Light Programme: The Music Between The Programmes

Test Card C - as used by the BBC Television Service in the early 1950s

Today it’s time for our monthly programme of Light Music, and we’re featuring music from British television — but not solely (or even primarily) TV themes (though there are some). Instead we’re featuring music from between the programmes — or when there weren’t any programmes at all.

In the days before 24-hour television, the odd few decades ago, wide swathes of time went by, particularly during the day, with no programming at all. During these periods, test material was broadcast for the benefit of industry and retail engineers, sometimes including “Trade Test Films”, but mainly instrumental music accompanied by the Test Card (an example is shown above).

The music came primarily from the recorded music libraries, like KPM, Chappell, De Wolfe and quite a few others. They represent what we generally today call “Lounge Music” — including a good mix of Big Band and occasionally instrumental covers of well-known songs.

Today we take you back to the days of the Test Card, when we as kids sat glued to the static images and the marvellous, memorable music — the music from between the programmes.

Today’s pieces have come from a variety of sources, many from vinyl and original master tapes, and as a result you may find their metadata lacking from time to time, especially as far as the Album source is concerned.

ZBS Radio Hour

Then at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time / 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, join us for the final episodes of our two current adventures in the ZBS Radio Hour. We begin with the Fantastic Voyages of Jack Flanders adventure: Ghost Islands. And then, at half past, we conclude our adventure based on the Dinotopia books by James Gurney: Dinotopia — The World Beneath. Tune in!

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, 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:

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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