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Today on Radio Riel’s Main Stream we bring you a pro­gramme of what is now regard­ed as clas­sic lounge music from Britain and Europe in the 60s-70s and beyond. Much of it was cre­at­ed for the major pro­duc­tion music libraries and often appeared behind tele­vi­sion Test Cards, and some of it was record­ed almost clan­des­tine­ly by British artists work­ing in main­land Europe.

We’ll be hear­ing from a wide range of com­posers and arrangers from the UK and Europe, some known (like John Bar­ry, Tony Hatch, John Keat­ing, Ray­mond Lefevre, Paul Mau­ri­at, James Last, Bert Kaempfert and more) and some you’ve prob­a­bly nev­er heard of (unless you’re a British Test Card Music afi­ciona­do) like Heinz Kiessling and John Cacavas. Along­side the Test Card and pro­duc­tion library music today, you’ll prob­a­bly hear a good few tunes from TV shows and com­mer­cials — one of the main uses of library music.

We’ve includ­ed a unique col­lec­tion of 60s TV themes and oth­er con­tem­po­rary pieces of KPM pro­duc­tion music played live by the KPM All Stars at a gig at the Jazz Café in Lon­don in 2006.

We’re kick­ing off with Gra­ham Pres­ket­t’s clas­sic music library com­po­si­tion for KPM Music Record­ed Library, named after the library’s home dur­ing this peri­od: “21 Den­mark Street”.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 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

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