Sunday, December 6, 2009
Rockin' at the library
In the excellent book The Music Library, my beloved Jonny Trunk describes library music thus: "It's well produced economic music for film, TV, advertising and radio. Never commercially available, this music was pressed from the 1950s onwards in limited quantities and then sent directly to production houses and radio stations for use when necessary."
This summer, I found a pair of second-hand Christmas/holiday-related library LPs, both issued by Bruton Music, which was a London label founded in 1977. Among Bruton's modest claims to fame are providing incidental cues for Space 1999 and being owned, briefly, by Michael Jackson. One of the LPs was kind of a dud, mostly generic Muzak renditions of traditional carols and hymns. But the other, Christmas Is Here, sounds pretty groovy, updating standards with clunky modern touches. Dig the way this medley of "Joy To The World" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" interpolates elements from Art of Noise!
Christmas Is Here - "Joy To The World"