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Mystic Moods Orchestra

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One of the choice audio aphrodisiacs of the ’60s and ’70s, the Mystic Moods Orchestra mixed orchestral pop, environmental sounds, and pioneering recording techniques into a unique musical phenomenon.

Audiophile Brad Miller, the creator of the Mystic Moods Orchestra, was devoted to capturing sound as accurately as possible, and was particularly inspired by the sounds of railroads; in the ’50s, he began recording some of the last steam locomotives still running. In order to sell his railroad recordings, which took advantage of the era’s latest advances in stereo technology, Miller formed the Mobile Fidelity label. Within their field, Miller’s albums were well received, but the concept of the Mystic Moods Orchestra didn’t occur to him until the mid-’60s, when a late-night San Francisco DJ played one of Miller’s albums and an easy listening album simultaneously on the air. When he received surprisingly positive feedback to his joke, he told Miller, who was suitably inspired to collaborate with arranger/composer Don Ralke on the first Mystic Moods Orchestra album, 1965’s One Stormy Night.

Released through Philips, the album consisted of Mantovani-esque orchestral instrumentals and Miller’s recordings of rain, thunder, and trains; the liner notes featured vaguely psychedelic poetry and detailed technical explanations of the microphones, mixers, decks, and other equipment used to record the album. It became Philips’ most popular release that year, and throughout the rest of the ’60s and ’70s, Miller and producer Leo Kulka repeated that success with Mystic Moods Orchestra releases like Nighttide, More Than Music, and Mystic Moods of Love.

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  • Shaunography

    Tag as The Mystic Moods Orchestra

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • goodnightdear

    i listen to this with my mom while we're cooking, like she did with her dad back in the day... my grandfather listened to stormy weekend all the time because he lived in the desert. also acceptable for non-sexual pursuits

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • surajsharma

    sex music. trust me.

    13 Aug 2011 Reply

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