Main: Hits In Hi-Fi

Today we’ll take anoth­er nos­tal­gic jour­ney back to the 1950s and 1960s, when music was on vinyl (and on the radio) and home audio was new and excit­ing­ly futur­is­tic… with Hits In Hi-Fi.

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”.

We have a bunch of orig­i­nal hits from the 50s and 60s in today’s pro­gramme along­side the instru­men­tal re-work­ings that both char­ac­terise the “Easy Lis­ten­ing” genre of the era.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Welcome the Woodwinds

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures mem­bers of the wood­wind fam­i­ly — oboe, clar­inet, flute, bas­soon, recorder and more, includ­ing the gamut of Ear­ly Music wood­winds like the shawn (the pre­de­ces­sor of the oboe), cur­tal (a pro­to-bas­soon) and crumhorn.

Of course, the major­i­ty of orches­tral music includes a wood­wind sec­tion, so the cri­te­ri­on for inclu­sion in today’s show was that a mem­ber of the wood­wind fam­i­ly is the lead instru­ment — a “wind band” is not suf­fi­cient (and they’re gen­er­al­ly usu­al­ly brass-heavy any­way), but a con­cer­to for bas­soon (yes there is at least one) counts.

Is the sax­o­phone a wood­wind or a brass instru­ment? Well, it’s a wood­wind! Says Wikipedia: “A wood­wind instru­ment is a musi­cal instru­ment that pro­duces sound when the play­er blows air against a sharp edge or through a reed, caus­ing the air with­in its res­onator (usu­al­ly a col­umn of air) to vibrate. Most of these instru­ments are made of wood but can be made of oth­er mate­ri­als, such as met­al or plas­tic.” So they are in.

The major­i­ty of today’s pro­gramme fea­tures music from the Baroque and Clas­si­cal eras (speak­ing broad­ly here), but there is some Renais­sance music too (and a lit­tle medi­ae­val) plus occa­sion­al­ly more recent works, includ­ing some light orches­tral com­po­si­tions and some mod­ern pieces by com­posers like Ger­ald Finzi, Chris Gun­ning and Richard Har­vey.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

Sunday July 26: An Ancient Journey — live from the Elven Forest

Ancient Journey July 26

You’re invit­ed to join us at Echoes of Jade in the Elven For­est in the vir­tu­al world of Sec­ond Life, on Sun­day July 26 from 2–4pm Pacif­ic (22:00-Midnight in the UK), for a musi­cal jour­ney through the Ancient World — and even to the Moon! With var­ied musi­cal styles and many tracks you may not have heard before — and some you have.

The music will be pro­vid­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and the show will be broad­cast live on Radio Riel’s Main Stream.

In addi­tion, Élite Eques­tri­an — the Horse Source — will be releas­ing a brand new prod­uct at the Élite Eques­tri­an store in Elven For­est.

Our thanks to Bel­la Night­fire for mak­ing the space avail­able for the show. Fantasy/mediaeval dress sug­gest­ed.

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