Saturday, February 27, 2010
Robert Hall Productions
Housed in a stock white sleeve and attributed only to "Robert Hall Productions," this little library LP is a real mystery to me. Who could have written such lovely music? I'm not really sure but the vibe here -- soft focus sunshine folk with electronics -- is right in the sweet spot of 70s library. Half the tracks are electronic abstractions for use in nature documentaries about coral reefs and insects. The other half is pure after-school special -- wordless vocals, lazily plucked acoustic guitar, weird melodic moogery. Since Robert Hall is an American label (I think), the best guess I can make about the composer would be Herb Pilhofer -- either him or Don Voegeli of the University of Wisconsin-Extension electronic studio. But my dark horse candidate would be Walter Sear, another American electro pioneer who did some undercover soundtrack work in the 70s (more on him later). If anybody knows anything about Robert Hall Productions please let me know.