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Show airs on Saturday 1st May 2004, 2100-2200

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'Moments in Love - The History of Chillout Music' tells the history of the music we now know as 'Chillout'. Tracing its origins back in the experimental work of classical musicians like Erik Satie and Claude Debussy, the program is written and presented by Chris Coco - himself a chillout DJ, Producer, Broadcaster, critic and music junkie.

The programme journeys from 19th century Paris to the "Global Chillage" of the 21st century beach bars of Ibiza, Amsterdam's Supper Clubs, England's Malvern Hills, and back once again to the lounge bars contemporary Paris.

Chris Coco talks to the main movers and shakers of the chillout scene and some of its fans who explain what the music means to them. A series of interviews includes those with Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, and journalist, Late Review critic and former Art of Noise band member, Paul Morley.

With a rare and exclusive interview with Jose Padilla, the man widely regarded as the spiritual father of chillout whose legendary session tapes soundtracking the setting sun over Café del Mar turned into the hugely successful compilation series, the programme traces the path of this music through the electronic experiments and dub reggae of the 1970s, the beach bars and Balearic sound of Ibiza, up to the eclectic sound of chillout music today.

Moments in Love: A History of Chillout has a fabulous soundtrack of classical, soulful, laid-back and atmospheric tunes to match your mood to - including the work of Erik Satie, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Art of Noise, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Moby, A Man Called Adam, Groove Armada and Air.

'What has now become known as chillout music is really music for listeners and lovers of music. This music seems very much about something you really listen to and enjoy, and I do feel that people who dismiss it as bland have really not listened to it properly.' Paul Morley, Late Review critic, former member of Art of Noise

'It is perfect for home listening, as background music, as lifestyle music, as driving music and it sounds totally right in beautiful settings. The best of its kind is often music that is heartfelt and isn't fashion led, and it is often driven by melody and harmony. It can slow us down to the speed of life and send shivers of pleasure down the spine too. If that doesn't have a positive message, what does?" Pete Lawrence, The Big Chill (multi-media chillout organisation)

'You have the best screen on the planet…you have the sea, the sunset, the people. At Café del Mar the people are relaxed and chilled, you can play with their emotions. You just flow with the energy and you can take them to a point emotionally where you actually make them cry'. Jose Padilla, former resident DJ, Café del Mar - the spiritual father of Chillout.

"Chillout is a state of mind. It's making space in your head to enjoy the setting and the sounds. It's a long drink on a long sunny day. It's a moment taken to appreciate the beauty of the simplest things. And it's even better with a decent soundtrack." Chris Coco, Producer, Broadcaster, writer, critic and music junkie.

Check our Chris Coco's official website.
BBC Radio 1's 'The Blue Room'
Check out Radio 1 for their chillout show, The Blue Room
The Official Website, of the original yearly Chillout festival.
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