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✨✧ John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, & David CainBBC Radiophonic Music (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $29.99 35.98
One of the first great recorded documents of the genius of the BBC Radiophonic Music laboratories – home to pioneering electronic talents Delia Derbyshire, John Baker, and David Cain! The trio are heard here on a set of amazing tracks recorded for BBC radio plays in the 60s, plus a bit of early TV work too – tunes that are sometimes spooky and noisy, sometimes playful, often tuneful, and always revolutionary – really groundbreaking use of electronic instrumentation in the world of popular entertainment! Baker and Derbyshire have gotten especially strong acclaim in recent years – and along with Cain, the set presents their early genius in all its glory – on tunes that are still pretty amazing after all these decades! Titles include "Milky Way", "PIGS", "The Frogs Wooing", "Boys & Girls", "Time & Tune", "Artbeat", "Sea Sports", "The Missing Jewel", "Air", "Crossbeat", and "Autumn & Winter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500 – on pink vinyl!)

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Capitol Production Music SeriesCapitol Production Music Series Volume 2 No 4 – Latin/Travel/Cocktail ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has pieces of clear tape on the spine and a bit of pen.)

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Capitol Production Music SeriesCapitol Production Music Series Volume 3 No 6– Travel/France/Italy ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging and clear tape on the spine.)

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Capitol Production Music SeriesCapitol Production Music Series Volume 3 No 7– Travel/Russia/Switzerland/Spain/South Seas ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some clear tape on the spine and splitting in the bottom seam.)

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Capitol Production Music SeriesCapitol Production Music Series Volume 4 – Sports Marches/Domestic Jazz/Traffic ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Capitol Production Music SeriesCapitol Production Music Series Volume 4 – Tijuana/Mexican Fiesta ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen on front, with a piece of tape and some peeling at the spine.)

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Rob Franken ElectrificationFunctional Stereo Music (Together/Six Seven Eight/Don't Stop/Colours & Images/Absorbed Love/Blue Sky Fingers) (3CD set) ... CD
678 Records (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99
An amazing package of rare work on Fender Rhodes – a 3CD set that brings together six full albums that were recorded in the 70s, but never saw the light of day until vinyl issued in recent years! Pianist Rob Franken is totally great – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of the 70s when it came to the Fender Rhodes! Rob's a master of the instrument here – playing it jazzily, but also with this open flow that's really wonderful – and which really makes the best use of the instrument's potential, and doesn't drown it in too much jamming, which could sometimes be the case with other European musicians who handled the instrument! Instead, Franken lets the space between the notes do as much as the notes themselves – which really keeps things soulful throughout – and although most of the cuts feature an augmented trio, sometimes with added percussion or keyboards – a few of the tracks feature Ferdinand Povel on flute and tenor, and Jiggs Whigham on trombone. But even without the horns, the keys are more than enough – as they step out and soar on a whopping 70 tracks in all – including a few bonus tracks too! CD

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Robert KreisDramatic Cue Music & Mood Music Volume 1 ... LP
Elektra, 1964. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some wear on one corner.)

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✨✧ Craig KupkaClouds – New Music For Relaxation ... CD
Folkways, 1981. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
One of the most meditative albums ever recorded for the Folkways label – two side-long tracks from composer Craig Kupka, each of which has a dream-like, very hypnotic quality! It's a bit hard to say what exactly is going on here in the instrumentation – we definitely hear vibes, or maybe celeste, plus light guitar, percussion, and a touch of piano – but everything has almost a pillowy sort of blend – so that the instrumentation is abstracted from its roots into something completely different – a really thoughtful sonic experience, and one that definitely evokes the "Clouds" in both of its two numbered titles! CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Oliver LomaxMood Modern – The Story Of Two Of The World's Greatest Recorded Music Libraries – KPM & Bruton Music ... Book
Vocalion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $32.99 33.99
Maybe the best book we've ever seen on the secret world of sound library music – those non-commercial recordings that are made away from the public, then lent out for later use in radio, film, and TV! Over the years, crate-diggers have brought a new sort of appreciation to sound library albums – and two of the best labels of the genre are the important KPM and Bruton labels in the UK – both home to fantastic sounds from artists who include Keith Mansfield, Syd Dale, David Lindup, Johnny Pearson, and many others! Records by these artists have achieved great fame in recent years – but because these guys weren't rock stars, or jazz musicians, their stories – and the stories of their studios and labels – have really been overlooked. Writer Oliver Lomax – who's also reissued many sound library gems via the Vocalion label – really does a great job of looking at KPM and Bruton – with a huge amount of historical detail, countless interviews with key figures, and even helpful details on the larger recording scene in the UK. The book features two sections of images – one color, one black and white – but it's very different than sound library album cover books, as the main focus here is on text, which spans 465 pages in great detail. (Books, Sound Library) Book

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Charlie Perry with Mal WaldronFun With Drumsticks – Jazz Band Music Minus One Drummer ... LP
Music Minus One, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Box Set ... $1.99
(Jazz, Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut box, including the booklet, but missing sticks.)

Exact matches12
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Tony SchwartzSounds Of My City – The Stories, Music, & Sounds Of The People Of New York ... CD
Folkways, 1959. New Copy ... About December 20, 2019

Exact matches13
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Val StephenAbstractum – The Electromagnetic Music Of Val Stephen ... LP
Dual Planet (Australia), 1950s/1960s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Partial matches: 5
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Astral Dimension (Fabio Fabor)Galassia M81 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Edizioni Minstrel/Spettro (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Lost sound library genius from Fabio Fabor – working here under the name of The Astral Dimension – which is a very good tag for the sound on the set! Although recorded in 1981, the record has all the warmth of some of Fabor's 70s material – lots of swirling, spacey keyboards – some in these streams of color that are really beautiful, and make you feel like you're taking a trip through the stars, with everything slowing down at warp speed – others in more spare, linear passages that evoke a slightly different mood, and balance things out nicely. The whole thing almost feels like a later update of the old "trip to space" genre for mood music records – and titles include "Antares", "Via Lattea", "Nebulosa", "Beta 700", "Stella Nova", "Monte Palomar", "Eclisse", and "Saturno". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Francois BayleElectrucs ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
Boy, that cover alone is more than enough to draw us in – a frizzy-headed guy sitting amidst a whole host of 70s studio gear – but we've also always loved the music of Francois Bayle, which has always been some of the most striking in the French electronic tradition! The work here is all previously unreleased – and side one features a host of spare, stark tracks that has Bayle working with a portable set of 70s electronics – with a feel that's more intimate than the scope of the image on the cover might make you expect – as Bayle creates all these weird and wonderful cycles of sound on the album's short tracks. Titles include "Ennemi Intime", "Voltage Stomp", "Quadrille", "Crepuscule", "Train Noir", and "La Chose". The work on side two is maybe a bit closer to a tradition that would include Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer – and titles include "Marpege", "Foliophonie", and "Cinq Dessins En Rosace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ TA BenhamVoices Of The Satellites ... CD
Folkways, 1958. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A really weird, and very cool entry in the science series on Folkways Records – actual recordings of sounds from Satellites – which includes both spoken information, and lots of weird electronics and other space-age effects! Recordist TA Benham provides spoken introduction to many segments – which almost makes the whole thing feel as if he's performing the music himself – these weird electric pulses and cycles, which provide a very haunting presentation of the new cosmic landscape of the time – a mysterious array of pulses from Sputnik, Explorer, Vanguard, and other satellites – plus the heartbeat of Laika, the famous Russian dog cosmonaut! CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Suzanne CianiBuchla Concerts 1975 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Really beautiful work from electronic musician Suzanne Ciani – two long live performances from 1975 – both on her own Buchla synthesizer, and both in a mode that's quite different from her later material The first side features a performance done for WBAI – and Ciani is amazing in the way she spins out lines of electric sound and waves of tone – working the Buchla with the kind of effortless energy that some folks might bring to a jazz improvisation – although with very different sonic results! The second half of the record features an intimate concert done at the loft of Phil Niblock – and the approach is similar, but Ciani seems to work more in waves of sound that flow out into the space, and sometimes come back upon themselves in this beautifully echoey way! LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a very cool insert – a facsimilie of a report to the National Endowment For The Arts – done by Ciani in 1975!)

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Suzanne CianiLixiviation – Ciani/Musica Inc 1969 to 1985 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
Heavy electro work from Suzanne Ciani – an artist who peaked a bit later than some of her sound library contemporaries – which means she was able to contribute music experimental films, record productions, and video games – and not just the usual mainstream outlets! Ciani's electronics here are a great mix of modes – both analogue and digital – and her sounds often have a darkness that's really compelling, especially when you consider the ways some of them were used in areas that reached some larger audiences – really cool little spooky bits that underscore the more potent ways that electronic sounds were often used in the 70s generation. The music is light years beyond the playfulness of Perry & Kingsley – and has none of the softness of Ciani's later new age sides – a great revelation that will hopefully get her the recognition she deserves. Titles include "Atari Video Games Logo", "Princess With Orange Feet", "Paris 1971", "Live Buchla Concert 1975", "Sound Of Wetness", "Eighth Wave", "Liberator Atari TV Spot", "Pop & Pour Coca Cola Logo", and "Lixiviation". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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