Studio G


The electro, jazz, folk and horror world of the Studio G Library.

Catalogue No.


Jonny's original artwork sketches

Way back in the late 1960s a man called John Gale saw a gap in the market. He worked in advertising and didn't think much of the library music he was having to use for adverts. He thought he could do better himself. And so he started Studio G, with a short run of 7 inch singles. These worked out well, and so John branched out into the big library LP world. And over the course of about 20 years Studio G issued a small amount of very successful 12 inch library albums across 4 separate Volumes. Hit rates for the label were high, and many of the classic Studio G tracks have appeared for years in important and legendary TV shows. Studio G tracks delighted children watching Vision On. It was Studio G that provided the classic music for the darts, and top crown bowling. And the incredible Studio G electronics album called Electronic Age (from Studio G series Volume 1) is one that is brought onto the OST show more often than you would think. Kieren Hebden (AKA Fourtet) brought it in, Julian House from Ghost Box and Belbury Poly is also a big fan of the Electo tribal oddness that is "Voodoo-Tronics".

G Spots is the first major retrospective of this great label, Before this, only cues from Beat Group and a repress of the whole Beat group LP had been reissued - which seems a bit odd really considering how incredible and musically interesting the rest of the catalogue is. What I like about the music is its honest simplicity. One of the great cues on the comp is "Folk Ghost" - a simple mixture of basic but warped electronics and a guitar. It really doesn't get much better.

Below is the tracklisting - which may well change a bit, and here are a few of the classic Studio G albums we have used for the comp (apologies for the bad photography but I can't be arsed to scan the three times and then comp the images), and a the planned tracklisting. And if you know of any Studio G tracks used in classic TV, I'd really like to know.

Moving Parts - James Harpham - Industry and War 1007
Wild Cat Walk -Ivor Raymonds - Light Jazz 1003
Elephants Dance - Harry Pitch - Animals And Children 1004
Visions Of 2000AD No. 4 - James Harpham - Dramatic And Horror 1008
Icicles - Douglas Wood - Rhythm 3007
Folk Ghost - Douglas Wood - Rhythm 3007
Boy On Space - Douglas Wood - Rhythm 3007
Moon Nightclub - Douglas Wood - Rhythm 3007
Goofy - Locations And Comedy 1010
Planet Travel - Eric Peters - Music For Synthesiser 3009
Space Service - Eric Peters - Music For Synthesiser 3009
Freak Blues - Eric Peters - Music For Synthesiser 3009 Empty World - Eric Peters - Music For Synthesiser 3009
Cosmic Blues - L. Afzelius - Pop Spectrum 3001
Kids Stuff - Doug Wood - Beat Underscore 3002
Aftershave - Doug Wood - Beat Underscore 3002
Silhouette - Doug Wood - Beat Underscore 3002
Five To A bar - Doug Wood - Beat Underscore 3002
Romantic Sway - Doug Wood - Beat Underscore 3002
Cosmic Dust - James Asher - Abstract 4004
Liquid Gold - James Asher - Abstract 4004
Sprokets - Frederick Judd - Electronic Age 1009
Voodoo Tronics 1 - J. Harpham - Electronic Age 1009
Foggy Dock - P. Willsher / T. Kelly - Images 4002
Deformed Theme - Eric Peters - Dramatic And Horror 2008
Waiting For Nina - Paul Lewis - Thematics 3003

John Gale

A few of the classic Studio G albums