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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013

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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