And now we return you to the test card and some music’ the words spoken by BBC Television continuity announcer John Ross-Barnard. This would usher in a few hours of guaranteed sweet library tracks.
During the sixties and seventies  you could leave  your television switched on and watch a static Carole Hersee, her toy and black board on Test card  F and enjoy an eclectic mix of the familiar and strange, played by anonymous and highly skilled orchestras.






This music was never available commercially, and I’m sure I’m not the only child of the seventies to have put a microphone up to the television loud speaker pressed record on the reel to reel tape recorder in order that these melodies could be revisited at my leisure.

Sadly those recordings are long gone but thankfully much of this ‘Library’ or ’Mood’ music has become commercially available, and although, sadly, we’ve lost the test card we can still appreciate the magic of record libraries such as  KPM, DeWolfe, Chapell and Bosworth.




Even though the halcyon days for this music was the 1960’s and 70’s, there is currently a growing interest , and thankfully many of these, up until now, unheard of artists are receiving the much overdue recognition for their work, and I hope 'sound familiar’ is playing  a small part in this ongoing process.
Recently putting the case for the appreciation and understanding of this genre was the music archivist, and legend, Jonny Trunk, with his excellent  documentary on BBC Radio 4 entitled 'Into the Music Library', which was a who’s who and what's what of the library music world, were all was explained. 

Until next time Bye for Now

Gary