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Iceman7

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What makes you interested into Library Music?
« on: September 28, 2019, 12:11:40 PM »
Hello everyone, I'm Iceman7, one of the new members of this forum, and i'm going to share my story on why i like library music.

The main reason for me is because of Sonne Immage channel on Youtube, that channel brought me to the mysterious yet wonderful world of Library Music, at first i know the channel because of the "Random Algorithm" on my home feed, and i started to enjoy the music uploaded in the channel, at some point i lose interest before being reunited with it and enjoying the work. My favorite album is Laszlo Bencker's Lady Robot and Leandro Piccioni's Fusion Adventure.

And what is your story of how you get into library music?

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 09:12:19 AM »
I was enhoying library music my entire life- children's TV in the UK was saturated with it.  Then as a young teen I got into films and taping things off the TV so incidental music was around then.  Once I got heavily into films I was into 70's horror, exploitation, drive-in stuff and these too were full of library music but I still didn't know what it was. 
I realised in the mid 90's when CD's like the Trunk Bosworth comp, Sound Gallery, Blow Up, etc came out.  At this time I was listening to loads of European OST CDs and the Easy Tempo comps so it all melded together.  Once I realised what library music was I started collecting.

The full story is here, complete with companion CD download!

https://retroteque.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/a-few-defining-moments-in-a-lifetime-of-library/

Iceman7

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 12:09:46 PM »
Wow, truly an amazing story that you have there. Actually, i recorded some of the tunes used in the news program in my country Indonesia, as i was interested in the music, and only now I realized that i'm into library music.

Is there any challenge on storing and maintaining your collection that you've amassed throughout the time?

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 02:07:29 PM »
Yes, my partner keeps whinging that the roof will come in cos of the weight!
I have bought LPs that I already had by mistake so being organized helps.

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 10:50:25 PM »
Mine is pretty simple, I grew up watching tons of SpongeBob, and so when I first discovered YouTube and saw several users using the music of the show, I wondered how that was possible before finally looking up where to find them, discovering the SpongeBob music ID blog. This was roughly around the same time I gave watching the second and third seasons of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon a chance, as when I was younger the scarier music in those seasons put me off. Went searching and discovered the KPM 1000 music in those seasons (everything else was still mystery stuff).

I didn't think much of these afterwards until mid-2015 when I saw an earlier version of this forum and discovered a then up to date collection of S2-3 Spider-Man music. From that point onward library music became a full-time interest of mine, for finding and identifying stuff, and for how well-done several of these compositions are.

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 02:57:17 PM »
With me, it's probably being exposed to it - early Hanna-Barbera (the scores featured music by William Loose, John Seely, Philip Green and Jack Shaindlin), late 60's SPIDERMAN (beginning with season 2, cues from mainly the KPM, Conroy and JW libraries were mixed in with Ray Ellis' cues from season 1), NFL Films (lot of KPM and DeWolfe cues used here). It was YouTube user Dave Volsky's use of these cues in his vids - I had posted a couple of links in the "Bored on a wet Saturday afternoon" thread - that led me to discover this forum.

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2019, 03:04:52 AM »
SpongeBob [and The Simpsons] definitely played a role because of the wide variety of music they used, especially in the former [The Simpsons used some stock tracks in addition to the vast input from Alf Clausen].  SpongeBob helped make "Cha Cha Nova", "Sweet Victory", and "Andy Anorak" well-known pieces*, and playing them in new arrangements always makes the audience perk up.

My discovery of library music coincided with my interests in music, technology, and history - here was a way to arrange music for performance and re-recording, appreciate the medium on which it was first recorded, solve a mystery or two, and learn background behind the most fascinating music "genre" in the world.  I've never particularly liked modern commercial music as it is, so I found the vast array of library pieces infinitely preferable to what pollutes the airwaves, due to my non-mainstream musical tastes.

*okay, okay, okay, I get that I made a non objective statement
Genre might not be the best term, but it's the only one I could think of...though library covers a ton of different musical styles.
That coalescence of music, technology, and history also explains my constant questions about [seemingly] random Eastern Bloc vinyl
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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2019, 04:56:07 AM »
For me it began with me and a pal of mine back in the very early 2000's digging around in old late 70's X rated adult films and stag porno loops (all US based) looking for unreleased original Disco and Funk jams. It was this that lead to finding out that a lot of the so called unreleased "original" music under non-existing film composer names were in fact something that they called library/production music, and a lot of it was KPM, Bruton and Selected Sound Stuff. The rest is history  ;D
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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 05:38:17 PM »
You may be interested in the posts on this thread too  :)

https://librarymusicthemes.net/index.php?topic=1987.0
www spokerecords co uk

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2019, 03:28:25 AM »
I was always into vocal-less music. I enjoy the rhythm of jazz, big band, 60's marimba, brass, and some techno music. I also was a fan of game show music, particularly those from the '60s to '90s. My first exposure to clean game show music without the applause was from The '80s TV Theme SuperSite website (80stvthemes.com, defunct).

I started building a collection of game show music during the early 2000s with those music download programs Napster and WinMX. Then did trading of music with other collectors at the time. Eventually, I started recording the names of the themes. Some of them were actually popular songs or titles of production cues from music libraries.

So when I did research, I stumbled upon MyAPM and start listening to their KPM 1000 Series albums. I loved that series and thought of collecting the music from that series as well. This would be my first venture into library music. Then more recently later on, I've been listening to the DeWolfe, Conroy, Themes International, and Bruton music from the '70s.

So my interest in library music came about through other music listening.

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 09:53:58 AM »
When I got into digging years ago, my goal was always to find obscure & unsung records. I remember starting buying those library music records for cheap, searching for killer tracks in dull records! haha

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2020, 12:44:02 AM »
I want to share some anecdotes, which relate partly to Library Music, as it is naturally close to the kinds of music, as well as the era (mid-1960s to mid-1970s), I tend to listen to the most. In 2000, I installed the legendary Napster, the mother of all P2P filesharing programs I assume, and I quickly ended up with Bossa Nova, Frank Sinatra, Eumir Deodato, those were the first names I think, and some other jazzy stuff. On another occasion, I was at an airport in Australia in the waiting area where there was an episode of Bewitched running, and I still remember being absolutely electrified by the sweet and jazzy cue music coming out of the TV speakers. That particular brand of jazz-pop of 1960s films and TV series has stuck with me ever since. If you want to know what I'm talking about, you can give it a listen yourself, as I created a cue compilation several years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1O7-0dt-jU. Several years later I made an effort to find that kind of music, and I remember stumbling upon the "Sound Gallery", the definitive mood music compilation from the UK's 1990s lounge revival era, and Neil Richardson's The Riviera Affair was exactly what I was looking for. I still think it is the best peace of Easy Listening ever composed, if I were pressed to choose one, although we all know there are many contenders. Interestingly, another user whom I unfortunately don't remember now, independently came up with the same piece of music as his favourite! Which must mean something.
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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2020, 02:11:36 PM »
My love of library music goes back as far as I can remember.  As a child in the rural US in the 1960s, our family frequently attended drive-in theatres.  For some inexplicable reason, I was fascinated by the intermission trailers - and I loved the music in them.  Growing up, I had no idea that this music was not composed and recorded specifically for these films.  At about age 11, I was given a portable cassette tape recorder, and I began recording the intermission trailers directly from the drive-in speakers.  I eventually knew every note by heart.

While seeing Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time, I immediately recognized some music that I knew as "intermission" music... which led me to the name De Wolfe.  A lead!

Unfortunately, it would be several years later before I could do anything with that knowledge.  After getting a job at a radio station when I was 18, I discovered there was such a thing as library music.  Perusing broadcast publications, I finally found an address for this mysterious "De Wolfe" that I remembered from years prior.  I quick wrote a letter, and received a very nice catalog and demo disc!  While none of my 1960s intermission music was on it, I knew I was on the right track. 

It wasn't until the Internet that the vast world of library music really opened up to me.  Accessibility to tracks was incredible.  A comment on a YouTube video helped me find LMT.  The experts and collectors here have increased my knowledge exponentially.  There are so many libraries that I had no idea existed - many of which were heard in my beloved intermission films.  I also can listen to literally thousands of tracks I never would have had access to otherwise.  I am so grateful for LMT!

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2020, 09:31:18 PM »
My love of library music goes back as far as I can remember.  As a child in the rural US in the 1960s, our family frequently attended drive-in theatres.  For some inexplicable reason, I was fascinated by the intermission trailers - and I loved the music in them.  Growing up, I had no idea that this music was not composed and recorded specifically for these films.  At about age 11, I was given a portable cassette tape recorder, and I began recording the intermission trailers directly from the drive-in speakers.  I eventually knew every note by heart.

While seeing Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time, I immediately recognized some music that I knew as "intermission" music... which led me to the name De Wolfe.  A lead!

Unfortunately, it would be several years later before I could do anything with that knowledge.  After getting a job at a radio station when I was 18, I discovered there was such a thing as library music.  Perusing broadcast publications, I finally found an address for this mysterious "De Wolfe" that I remembered from years prior.  I quick wrote a letter, and received a very nice catalog and demo disc!  While none of my 1960s intermission music was on it, I knew I was on the right track. 

It wasn't until the Internet that the vast world of library music really opened up to me.  Accessibility to tracks was incredible.  A comment on a YouTube video helped me find LMT.  The experts and collectors here have increased my knowledge exponentially.  There are so many libraries that I had no idea existed - many of which were heard in my beloved intermission films.  I also can listen to literally thousands of tracks I never would have had access to otherwise.  I am so grateful for LMT!

Nice!!

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Re: What makes you interested into Library Music?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2020, 09:34:08 PM »
I have bought LPs that I already had by mistake so being organized helps.

Lol, I'm embarrassed to say that has happened to me as well, at least twice! Indeed, el coleccionador debe ser organisado!