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The Music Library

Heralded by the few, heard by the many the music subculture called library music is a rich, expansive and largely untapped source of music history, chronicling the vast range of musical styles through the lens of television. Library music (or Production Music) was born before TV but boomed as TV became household items, creating opportunity for composers and session musicians to experiment without the pressures of writing a ‘hit’.

Today, TV’s need for music has never been greater and those catalogues which have been around since the 1950s hold a treasure trove of musical gems that generations have grown up listening to. Whether its sports themes, news beds, music for cartoons or the soundtrack to iconic porn films, you can bet your bottom dollar that you have heard a lot of library music!

It’s something not lost on the sampling community – samples can be heard on Drake, Jay Z, Fatboy Slim and many more. The great and the good are not only interested in digging the archive, talented artists and producers can see the chance to experiment stylistically in an environment where you are not judged by record sales but rather how the music works with picture.

Hosted by Paul Sandell; there will be guest composers coming into the studio. Episodes will feature key Library music composers (see Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker, Keith Mansfield, Brian Bennett etc) as well as significant modern composers and Library music enthusiasts. This show will also feature newly released Library tracks from some of the best composers in the industry.

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