The Soundhouse: Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop


Format: Ltd edn yelllow edge vinyl LP
Release Date: 04/11/2016

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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was one of the sound effects units of the BBC, created in 1958 to produce incidental sounds and new music for radio and, later, television. The unit is known for its experimental and pioneering work in electronic music and music technology, as well as its popular scores for programmes such as Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit during the 1950s and 1960s. The original Radiophonic Workshop was based in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, Maida Vale, London. The Workshop was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. Its members included Daphne OramDelia DerbyshireDavid CainJohn BakerPaddy KingslandGlynis JonesMaddalena Fagandini and Richard Yeoman-Clark.

From sleeve notes, Roger Limb April 1983:
“From time to time, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and BBC Records have issued L.P. compilations presenting a cross-section of output of the Workshop. The last retrospective album was released in 1979 on the occasion of the Workshop’s 21st anniversary. Here nowise a new collection of tracks illustrating some of the work that has been completed at the Workshop in the 4 years since then. The most significant advances in technique since 1979 have been in the field of computer technology and at the Workshop we are now using the Fairlight Computer Synthesizer examples of which can be heard on this record. There a couple of other new departures here too. We have, of course, for many years incorporated into our work, when appropriate, musicians playing conventional instruments. There are 4 examples of blending of electronic and conventional music in this collection. We have also have a rather unique Radiophonic event. Each composer has taken a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight, and written about half a minute of their own music around it. This musical ‘autograph album’ is the track ‘Radiophonic Rock’ [Track 1].
Despite technological process, the Radiophonic Workshop is still what it was when it first came into existence 25 years ago, a creative service department supplying special sound and music to BBC programme makers. In 25 years from now, who knows what sounds will be heard coming from behind the doors of our corridor in BBC’s Maida Vale studios? One thing is certain, the new technology makes the road ahead an interesting one.”

See photo of back cover of CD for track details (LP has same tracks but photo unavailable).