Tuesday, 6 May 2014

BBC Radiophonic Workshop discussion

BBC 3's "Free Thinking" programme did a rather nice potted history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It's about forty-five minutes and available as a podcast here (download link here). There are rather a lot of Doctor Who in-jokes, as you'd expect (serious discussion about it starts around the fifteen minute mark, if you're impatient).

Here's the programme description: "The BBC Radiophonic workshop, opened in 1958 with an aim to experiment and produce original music for various iconic BBC programmes. It was shut down 40 years later by Director General John Birt. In an edition recorded just as the Workshop prepare to release a new album, and tour the UK, Matthew Sweet brings together Radiophonic Workshop members Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howells, and Mark Ayres to reflect on the days and nights they spent in the workshop, coaxing ageing machines into otherworldly life, and pioneering electronic music." Also a bit from an archived Delia Derbyshire interview. It's all quite fun.

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