In the heyday of low-budget television and scrappy genre filmmaking, producers who needed a soundtrack for their commercial entertainments could reach for a selection of library music: LPs of stock recordings whose contents fit any mood required. Though at the time, the use of such records was mostly a cost-cutting manoeuvre for productions that couldn’t afford to hire their own composer, the industry soon took on its own life: library publishers became major financial successes, and much of the work they released was truly extraordinary. In fact, many of these anonymous or pseudonymous scores-on-demand were crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century—expert musicians and innovative composers who revelled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields. Unusual Sounds is a deep dive into a musical universe that has, until now, been accessible only to producers and record collectors; a celebration of this strange industry and an examination of its unique place at the nexus of art and commerce. This compilation includes compositions by Brainticket founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck, KPM Allstars John Cameron and Keith Mansfield, Montenegrin-born composer Janko Nilović, and the Italian film composer Stefano Torossi amongst others. Album art by Robert Beatty.

2xLPs housed in custom printed inner sleeves with liner notes from Dave Hollander, author of the Unusual Sounds book. Download card included.


01. Keith Mansfield - Funky Fanfare
02. D. Patucchi - La Dimostrazione
03. Klaus Weiss - Survivor 02:45
04. Janko Nilović - Xenos Cosmos
05. V. Geminiani - Ophis Le Serpentaire
06. Stringtronics - Tropicola 02:41
07. Gary Pacific Orchestra - Soft Wind
08. John Cameron - Half Forgotten Daydreams
09. F. Micalizzi - Night Breeze
10. Les Hurdle, Kathleen Poppy & Madeline Bell - You've Got What It Takes
11. Electric Machine - Fancy Good
12. C. Cordio & F. Vinciguerra - Quips and Cranks
13. Les Hurdle & Frank Ricotti - Dissolves
14. Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Walt Rockman - Fairy Tale
15. Mladen Franko - Weeping Eelgrass
16. Peter Patzer - Mild Maniac
17. Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Mark Monsen - Group Meditation
18. Roland Hollinger - Dream Number Two

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