Jérôme Keff (Managing Director at BMG Production Music France): What distinguishes the French music library from UK and Italian territories is its history, as [library music] arrived later in France. On the other hand, it will experience a very prolix creative process and a plethora of brands will be born, some of which will become mythical such as Tele Music. The common point of all these libraries, apart from the content, is the concern for a coherent and striking graphic charter. Tele Music is now a reference in the music industry.
In all modesty, I place them on the same level. What distinguishes them is artisanal versus industrial production. Tele Music is artisanal because the production was limited to recordings in a small Parisian studio (CBE), a Mecca for French music since 1966. Then again, there are no orchestral recordings like at Bruton or KPM.
In one word: yes! My big regret is that Janko Nilovic did not get along with Roger Tokarz, the founder of Tele Music. So Janko only composed a few (major) works for Tele Music—his masterpieces are elsewhere. But to answer the question: it’s the production, the sound, and the musicians/composers that make Tele Music’s repertoire special. All these artists were for the most part members of the backing bands of the great singers of French variety such as Claude Francois, Nino Ferré, Michel Sardou, and Françoise Hardy.
You have five albums quite representative of the repertoire. Notably the key work such as Rhythms by Tonio Rubio, the most sampled album of the collection. That album is a good starting point.
That's high praise! I am a fan of Roy Ayers and I am sure Bernard Lubat will appreciate the comparison. Amongst the composers who make this repertoire are Bernard Estardy, Slim Pezin, Sauveur Mallia, Marc Chantereau, Raymond Guiot, André Arpino, Michel Gonet, among others.
"Tracklib brings beautiful works back to life that have either fallen asleep or are reserved for an elite of connoisseurs."
—Jérôme Keff (Managing Director at BMG Production Music France)
The Chemical Brothers, Crimeapple, Conway the Machine, Jay-Jay Johanson, and Fred the Godson, for instance.
Make a previously illegal use legal! That’s heavy for library composers. For years, library composers and musicians have been spoiled with their works. Licenses and declarations were often made after a commercial success! Now, thanks to Tracklib, the licensing is done upstream and the sharing of the rights of new work is perfectly clear. It is a great opportunity for our repertoires to have access to the creations of great international stars.
It is mainly a new distribution channel to bring beautiful works back to life that have either fallen asleep or are reserved for an elite of connoisseurs.
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