Unusual Sounds

The Hidden History of Library Music



ISBN: 9781944860127 Category:

David Hollander


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 maneuver 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 reveled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields.

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Weight 1102 g
Dimensions 20.6 x 26.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 12 August 2020
Number of pages 332
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.6 x 26.9 cm
Weight 1102 g


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David Hollander is an artist, filmmaker and collector of artist-made films and library music. He is a co-founder of CineMarfa, a film festival dedicated to showcasing rare and unseen films in Marfa, Texas. He lives in San Antonio.