My biggest musical obsession at the moment is what’s known as “library music”. The briefest explanation possible: many different companies, nurse both in the U.S. and abroad, ophthalmologist have been and are in the business of putting together royalty-free music for generic use in film, television, radio and multimedia. If you as a production company pay the fee, you get the company’s entire library for your commercial use. Or something like that.

The golden era of library music was, of course, the 1970s, and the European library labels made a gazillion albums of great originality and quality — and, excitingly, much of this music is now available in the blogosphere. Some kick-ass blogs like The Library Hunt, Painted On Silence and librarymusic209.blogspot.com have been heavily, heavily feeding this obsession of mine, and I suggest you go and check them out. I’ll be occasionally posting what I think are the best records out of the hundreds and hundreds that they’ve shared, if you’re not up to the challenge of digging through their stacks yourself.

“Futura” was one of the first ones that I thought would be obvious to share. C’mon, just take a look at the cover! The music contained within matches the awesomeness of that cover. It’s from the Crea Sound library, out of France. For some reason, the French libraries put out the best stuff, closely followed by the Italian ones.

Michel Gonet – “Futura” LP (ZIP file)

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688 Responses to MICHEL GONET

  1. James says:

    This is off on a tangent (on the music library theme), but as a kid I was fascinated by a specific piece of music that was frequently used in the cartoon Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. If I remember correctly, it was also used in the Stephen King sequence of the movie Creepshow (you know, the one with the strange meteor). I couldn’t know this when I was a kid, but as an adult I can guess that the piece probably came from a music library (which makes sense, as it was used on SM&HAF practically every episode). Strange things can stick themselves in your childhood memory.

  2. Harry says:

    That’s the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris on the cover. I went to visit it when I was in Paris in August. I found out it is closed on Tuesdays :( Thanks for the link, I spent too much time listening to library music while in film school. For the most part we only had old public domain recordings whose copyright had expired. I ended up using a lot of Eno’s Music for Films.

  3. Biliken says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s interesting to listen to but ultimately, as with all other library music I’ve heard, it leaves me cold. I really don’t know why. I’m sure I’m missing out. Biliken

  4. Dennis says:

    I recently bought an audio cassette of one of the first Hardy Boys adventures (books on tape), and whoever is producing those was using music cues that I recognized as being from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I wondered if there had been some sort of release of the score for the movie (not the “soundtrack” that’s mostly audio clips of dialogue), and did some reading online. That’s when I found out that “DeWolfe” is apparently a music library, and not a person, as I’d assumed for decades. It’d be fun to compile all of the Holy Grail tracks from DeWolfe to make an actual “soundtrack” album. I suppose the nature of the library music makes the rights issue a bit sticky.

  5. Empire Hancock says:

    I’m digging this! One of the grooviest things I’ve downloaded from you since maybe “Frrrrrigidaire” by Le Groupe X. Hope you will be posting more stuff like this in the near future.

  6. Robin Parmar says:

    I am not always into library music, but this has a cold austerity that works for me. Doesn’t sound too typical of the genre at all.