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Friday, January 17, 2014

Deep Concentration: Kirk Degorgio's Library Music 1974-1985 Mix

Posted by on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Red Bull Music Academy Radio’s been killing it with its mixes lately. Not too long ago Andy Votel dropped the Feminine Ferric Crystals Mix (female New Age musicians) and now Kirk Degiorgio’s Library Music 1974-1985 Mix. An excellent British techno producer, Degiorgio (aka As One) is also a world-class record collector; he turned me on to Annette Peacock’s classic “I’m the One” with his 2001 comp The Soul of Science 2 comp.

Library music is a highly coveted genre in record-collector and electronic-music/hiphop circles for its limited editions and cornucopia of fantastic, sample-worthy tracks. These stylistically promiscuous cuts are typically played by superb session musicians who are following strict instructions to create sounds for particular scenes and moods in television shows and films. It’s a very mercenary, functional scenario, but often timeless art arises from these business-like sessions.

Degiorgio has collated 44 such specimens for this mix; I don’t recognize many names, but those that I do—Tod Dockstader, Klaus Weiss, Ariel Kalma, Black Devil Disco Club, Pierre Arvay, Alan Tew, and Roland Bocquet—are phenomenal. Trust Degiorgio to school you properly. More info here.


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