Sound Obsession

Rare German Library Music

120 minsFirst aired 2 Oct 2018
Artwork by Nick Taylor

Kirk Degiorgio digs into lesser-known library music from East and West Germany, and finds plenty of proto-techno and hard-boiled drums.

Going off the well-worn paths of labels like Bruton, KPM and De Wolfe, Kirk Degiorgio dives into strictly German library-music labels such as Golden Ring, AMIGA, and Happy Records for a selection of breaks, cinematic funk and synthwave oddities. It’s no wonder these records are sought after by producers and collectors around the world, sampled by everyone from Kanye to King Krule. Over the next two hours you’ll hear session players getting lost in their own world of sound, during a time when ensembles and orchestras were given the freedom to be creative in the studio, conjuring up everything from TV show theme songs to acid freakout parties. And with the introduction of synths and the influence of Giorgio Moroder, it’s not a far stretch from some of these tracks to the acid and techno that would emerge about a decade later.

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