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Title: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: roope on June 02, 2018, 10:46:58 PM
has anyone got a chance to check this book yet?
anthology.net/book/david-hollander-unusual-sounds/

i didn't know it existed before tonight, and just ordered a copy.
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: stackjackson on June 02, 2018, 11:05:15 PM
Great find, roope! I just ordered a copy as well :)
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Post by: Mr on June 03, 2018, 12:19:15 AM
Interesting! I wonder how none of us had heard of this before.
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Post by: Retronic on June 03, 2018, 02:17:07 AM
Wow. Worth a punt.
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Post by: Greta on June 03, 2018, 08:08:39 PM
Yes, really nice catch Roope. Thank you.
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Post by: a8detective on June 04, 2018, 04:32:23 AM
     Thanks for the tip! I just ordered a copy.
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Post by: milliondollars on June 06, 2018, 06:40:04 AM
should get a copy of this today. really curious to see the texts. i have the Music Library book which is a nice for pictures and all that but it totally lacks information and has plenty of errors.
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: stackjackson on June 06, 2018, 08:31:35 PM
Book has arrived!
I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet, but here's the table of contents:

(https://i.imgur.com/nI0wmJA.jpg)
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: Retronic on June 07, 2018, 08:11:53 PM
Hope mines here tomorrow.  Looks good!!
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Post by: Timmer on June 09, 2018, 05:19:19 AM
roope...kudos for learning of this book! Thanks so much for the alert. I ordered it immediately via Amazon at a handsome discount and it arrived yesterday.

It's 332 pages and I've thus far gotten up to page 30. It's jam-packed with rare photos and album covers (lots of color in this book!) and composer commentaries. Company histories are included and even gets granular in that we get to read specific composition recollections such as Keith Mansfield and FUNKY FANFARE.

The author, David Hollander, is a former child actor whose passion for library music took him Europe and into the bowels of some of the extant companies. There is an excellent foreword by the late George Romero that was penned in 2016.

It's an exciting book and I'm looking forward to reading every word and marvel at its photographs. Clearly a labor of love as I can't foresee this ending up on a bestseller's list. Thank you David Hollander!

And a second shout to roope for the heads up.
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Post by: Retronic on June 09, 2018, 02:37:58 PM
Price dropped to less than £30 on Amazon.  I bet this is selling more than they expected (us lot for a start).
Mine came too.  Looks great.
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Post by: Col Wolfe on June 09, 2018, 03:31:02 PM
Am awaiting mine.

Have a feeling I met the author at the Utrecht fair a couple of years ago (unless thereís another library book in the pipeline).

Looks to be a step up from the pretty Trunk book, which is more for the coffee table.

This certainly seems to be the year for library music with the film set for release very soon.
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Post by: Greta on June 09, 2018, 03:59:58 PM
I ordered mine for 53Ä on Amazon. I still have to wait more than a week..
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Post by: puppydog on June 10, 2018, 03:57:19 PM
If you're in the UK, can be had for 34euro @ Bookdepository

 
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Post by: stackjackson on June 10, 2018, 09:15:01 PM
It's 332 pages and I've thus far gotten up to page 30. It's jam-packed with rare photos and album covers (lots of color in this book!) and composer commentaries. Company histories are included and even gets granular in that we get to read specific composition recollections such as Keith Mansfield and FUNKY FANFARE.

The author, David Hollander, is a former child actor whose passion for library music took him Europe and into the bowels of some of the extant companies. There is an excellent foreword by the late George Romero that was penned in 2016.

It's an exciting book and I'm looking forward to reading every word and marvel at its photographs. Clearly a labor of love as I can't foresee this ending up on a bestseller's list. Thank you David Hollander!

This pretty much sums it up. I've gotten through about 200 pages so far. Hollander definitely has a bias for the electronic library releases, which tend to get more commentary and visual highlights in the book.
Also, he admits up front that the book is weighted more toward the UK labels than other regions. That's understandable and fine by me.
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: Retronic on June 11, 2018, 08:09:16 AM
I've read it.  He creates a smooth and natural flow between labels and composers of something that wasn't that linear, with labels operating at the same time all over the world.
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Post by: jackie kennedy on June 13, 2018, 03:45:18 AM
just heard about this and was coming here to post about it but glad to see roope was already on top of it. ordered mine already for the hefty sum of $40  :o
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Post by: Greta on June 24, 2018, 11:03:14 PM
My copy arrived few days ago. A bit more expensive compared to other countries, but it's ok. An exciting and exhaustive book.
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Post by: Mr Rain on July 18, 2018, 03:53:19 PM
There is a short interview with the author here in case anyone's interested - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069jr3z (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p069jr3z)
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Post by: Greta on July 19, 2018, 02:44:28 PM
Cool. Thanks.
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Post by: tezeta on August 26, 2018, 09:22:28 PM
Looks fascinating! For a chapter on Daniela Casa this might very well be worth a purchase for me.

Anyone have any more thoughts/impressions on this book down the line?

Book has arrived!
I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet, but here's the table of contents:

(https://i.imgur.com/nI0wmJA.jpg)
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Post by: tezeta on August 27, 2018, 09:27:30 PM
Wow, just had a look at the book on soundohm - it's totally gorgeous! I need to get this one, especially for the chapters on Joel VDB and Daniela Casa.
That nice little interview by BBC really whetted my appetite; David H. knows his stuff!

Any news about the release of the 2LP library sampler curated by Hollander which he said would be out by the year's end?
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Post by: highplainsdrifter on August 28, 2018, 04:00:41 AM
Thanks for the tip! I've just ordered this, too, even though it may take months to get to China. The Table of Contents is highly arousing.
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: roope on August 28, 2018, 05:49:48 AM

Anyone have any more thoughts/impressions on this book down the line?


It was an enjoyable read. Many of the chapters are very short though, as the most of the pages are filled with pictures. Still there was more to read about library music than anywhere else before it.. It was like an introduction. Also because the focus has not much surprises, it targets mostly obvious labels and authors.

Most of the interviews were fun and inspiring to read and full of exciting details, like the descriptions of the British recording sessions or Janko Nilovic's contract on MP2000.
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Post by: Greta on August 28, 2018, 12:58:51 PM
I wholly agree with Roope. An absolute enjoyable read, great to have many pictures. And the most interesting parts are definitely the interviews.
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Post by: tezeta on August 28, 2018, 09:15:34 PM
Thanks for your comments, Greta and roope. As an aspiring author/collagist myself this book seems perfect, so it's definitely going on the wishlist.  8]
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Post by: ericmivalstoothbrush on August 31, 2018, 07:36:36 PM
Finally ordered a copy of this. Can't wait to read it! Also ordered the revised "The Music Library" book, despite having the first edition...  :o
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: niknak on September 26, 2018, 02:09:20 PM
Anthology yesterday announced a CD/LP/MP3 release to go along with the book - shop.mexicansummer.com/product/unusual-sounds/

Looks like a nice collection of tracks.


Nevermind. Ninja'd by Milliondollars in the reissues thread.  :)
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Post by: ericmivalstoothbrush on September 26, 2018, 04:20:46 PM
I enjoyed the book very much, although I wish it would be a bit more in-depth. As other say, the interviews are the best bits, however the KPM chapter understandably pale next to Oliver Lomax fantastic book. I was also a bit disappointed by the amount of pages dedicated to movie posters and lobby cards. Why not use that space for more album sleeves?
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Post by: knightrider on September 30, 2018, 07:59:58 AM
1st post, thanks for letting me join!
Hope this is ok to post, hereís my review of the book
https://louderthanwar.com/david-hollander-unusual-sounds-book-review/
Iíll also be reviewing Saturdays library music film premiere and some other library music gems
Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: ericmivalstoothbrush on September 30, 2018, 09:02:38 AM
1st post, thanks for letting me join!
Hope this is ok to post, hereís my review of the book
https://louderthanwar.com/david-hollander-unusual-sounds-book-review/
Iíll also be reviewing Saturdays library music film premiere and some other library music gems

Welcome to the forums! Great review! Love your comparison with Panini sticker albums. I had those when I was a kid, and your observation is spot on!  ;D
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Post by: stackjackson on September 30, 2018, 02:24:04 PM
Welcome, knightrider. Thanks for sharing your review.
Wish I could be in London for the big event.
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Post by: Greta on September 30, 2018, 05:02:04 PM
Hi Knightrider, welcome aboard.
Nice to read your review. Thanks.
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Post by: richhscott on October 31, 2018, 07:41:23 AM
Looks great, I'd like to get a copy.
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Post by: Muff Diver on November 07, 2018, 06:26:20 PM

 ;D

I went a little crazy this weekend. Muff Crazy, as it were, is its own special brand of Crazy...  :o

Sunday I ordered my copy of Unusual Sounds. It's expected to arrive today. We shall see :)

I was able to purchase the 2016 revised edition of The Music Library. But I've always felt bad that by the time I got into Library Music in 2011, I was too late for the first run (2005) of The Music Library.

That all changed Sunday when I found a pristine used copy, including the original CD, of this 'un. It's expected Friday.
hccp://fuel-design.com/publishing/music-library/

Finally, I also purchased the new book by Vocalion Books. That's expected to arrive anytime now.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81O%2BwHGBLQL.jpg

I've totally blown my November budget. I'll be eating lotso rice & beans the rest of this month. But that's ok because now I've got groovy Library Music and Library Books (pun intended) to sustain me (while I go hungry).  ::)

But who can think of food at a time like this? I'm so happy!

 8]


Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: stackjackson on November 08, 2018, 03:05:37 AM

 ;D

I went a little crazy this weekend. Muff Crazy, as it were, is its own special brand of Crazy...  :o

Sunday I ordered my copy of Unusual Sounds. It's expected to arrive today. We shall see :)

I was able to purchase the 2016 revised edition of The Music Library. But I've always felt bad that by the time I got into Library Music in 2011, I was too late for the first run (2005) of The Music Library.

That all changed Sunday when I found a pristine used copy, including the original CD, of this 'un. It's expected Friday.
hccp://fuel-design.com/publishing/music-library/

Finally, I also purchased the new book by Vocalion Books. That's expected to arrive anytime now.
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81O%2BwHGBLQL.jpg

I've totally blown my November budget. I'll be eating lotso rice & beans the rest of this month. But that's ok because now I've got groovy Library Music and Library Books (pun intended) to sustain me (while I go hungry).  ::)

But who can think of food at a time like this? I'm so happy!

 8]


All very fine purchases, Muff. I'm reading the Vocalion book right now. Finished Unusual Sounds over the summer...
On the old board I posted a full-color PDF scan of that first Music Library book (2005), did you get it back then? Still, it's always better to have the real thing.
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Post by: Retronic on November 08, 2018, 08:15:20 AM
Looks like the accompanying soundtrack has been posted out now too :-)
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Post by: roope on November 08, 2018, 06:36:13 PM
Mood Modern on Vocalion is soooo good! Finally a lot of well gathered library music history to read!! This is something I was hoping for after reading the Unusual Sounds, which works more like an introduction (with a lot of juicy details though). I don't mind watching the images of these beautiful albums though, but I'm looking forward to see more deep going books like Mood Modern on different subjects and approaches. Many of the people involved in 20th century's library music are still alive, so I hope there will be more projects to collect their memories.
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Post by: Muff Diver on January 03, 2019, 08:37:11 AM



All very fine purchases, Muff. I'm reading the Vocalion book right now. Finished Unusual Sounds over the summer...
On the old board I posted a full-color PDF scan of that first Music Library book (2005), did you get it back then? Still, it's always better to have the real thing.


Hi Stack. Sorry I'm so late in responding. I always feel like I'm going to take a "peek" inside LMT and see what's doing. Before I'm even aware of what's happened, I feel like I'm on the losing end of a fight with some Giant Octopus and I'm just getting sucked in!

Picture LMT as a Giant Octopus. Have fun with that mental imagery, Freudians!

So anyways, I did get your .pdf scans of the original Trunk Music Library book. But being of the True Nerd Faith, I just had to have my own copy. But not just any over-priced copy would suffice, I had to find a bargain commensurate with my pauper status. And I did! Muahahahaha!

I've still got a couple of mothballed copies of that original .pdf file you shared with me. That way, the next time somebody else needs a copy I can zip it over to them and make someone else's day.

Title: Re: "Unusual Sounds" - a book about library music
Post by: digdeeper on January 09, 2019, 04:28:09 PM
has anyone got a chance to check this book yet?
anthology.net/book/david-hollander-unusual-sounds/

i didn't know it existed before tonight, and just ordered a copy.

OMG!😍 Thanks so much for letting us now! I have both "the music library" editions by Fuel Publishing, see
http://fuel-design.com/publishing/music-library-2016/
but news of "Unusual Sounds" hadn't reached me yet. So yes, very much appreciated.
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Post by: FictionOfColours on February 02, 2019, 08:05:06 PM
I've been interested in this book foor some time now, but it's always too spendy when I check the price :( I'd really love to get some inside info on some of this music, always so elusive. Maybe someday.