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Happy Machine - Standard Music Library 1970 - 2010

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Stunning Public Information double-pack featuring treasures and obscurities from the Standard Music Library -

From the unusual sonics of Kirk Thompson (aka DJ Krust) to Moog-jams of Beatles producer George Martin, this collection is filled with sonic brilliance, from the early days of synthesis and sampling through to the present day of sonic artistry.

Official words from the Public Information centre:
"Unofficial sequel to our Parry Music compilation from 2012, here again we step into the world of library.
With official permission granted from the label itself we have selected 31 tracks from UK library music institution Standard Music spanning 30 years of electronic play, this is Happy Machine.

Standard Music Library was established in 1968 as a partnership between independent music publisher David Platz and London Weekend Television.
Themes and incidental music for hit LWT shows like Black Beauty, Upstairs, Downstairs, On the Buses and The Professionals, were written under Standard's wing.

A breathtaking who's-who of musicians recorded under the Standard banner, pressing up records that are now found in the rare as hens-teeth zone; Brian Eno, Delia Derbyshire, John Gregory. Those who feature on Happy Machine include... Brian Hodgson, John Kongos, Richard Thair, John Keating, Mike Vickers, Marco Pirroni and none other than Beatles producer George Martin jamming out on a Moog.....These characters and more are nestled comfortably here on Happy Machine as we try to make sense of our favourite electronic moments from this incredible library.
We trip from desolate Radiophonic ambient, to cute bleep-idents, to stark contemporary drone to jagged electronic scorch. There are moments of square-Italo groove, freaky electroid-psych and early 70's Beat. Moog-heavy workouts sit nervously aside unsettling concrete. Harsh science-fiction drama bristles against gentle Romantic interludes. This is electronic library music laid bare in all its wonderful diversity; sounds for a thousand images, scores for myriad backdrops, as British spring breaks its silence, Happy Machine is the record for these days."

A truly intriguing listen, and a beautiful manifestation of electronic music... Worth it's asking price, no doubt.

1.Reginald J. Lewis - Logo Rhythmic II 00:11
2.Brian Hodgson - Cathedral of Space 02:40
3.Reginald J. Lewis - Arcadian Valley 01:45
4.Richard Hewson - Deserted Starship 02:14
5.John Keating - Haley’s Largo 03:07
6.Reginald J. Lewis - Programmadate 00:58
7.John Kongos - Sidestreet 03:11
8.Reginald J. Lewis - Happy Machine 02:09
9.Mike Vickers - Curve of the Wind 01:10
10.George Martin - Eary Feary 01:53
11.Mike Vickers - Homing Nucleus 03:05
12.Chris McCormack - In the Shadows 02:51
13.Kirk Thompson - In Safe Hands (No Bass / No Beats) 00:30
14.Brian Hodgson - The Craters of Mars 01:49
15.Elliot Ireland, Alessandro Rizzo, Tom Greenwood - Sous Sol 03:16
16.Naim Amor - Flutes 01:09
17.John Gregory - Glass Corridor into Hall of Glass Clocks 01:16
18.Richard Thair - Take me Home 03:14
19.Jim Lawless - Happy Soul 00:32
20.Mike Vickers - The Wind From Nowhere 02:03
21.Reginald J. Lewis - Banshee 02:15
22.Mike Vickers - Headful of Birds 04:51
23.Kirk Thompson - The Seven Immortals 00:40
24.Brian Hodgson, Reginald J. Lewis - Crystal Forms 02:01
25.Brian Hodgson, Reginald J. Lewis - Song Of The Wilderness 02:28
26.Mike Vickers - In The Beginning 02:30
27.Marco Pirroni - Mystery Stomp (B) 00:34
28.John Kongos - On The Streets 01:44
29.John Keating - Hayley's Comet 04:16
30.Chris Barron - Goodnight 00:08

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