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A Different Nature: The BBC Radiophonics Workshop

February 16, 2010

Air date: Mon, 02/15/2010
A look at The BBC Radiophonics Workshop
On this week’s A Different Nature, a look at The BBC Radiophonics Workshop.
Although best known today as the creators of the Dr. Who theme, The Radiophonics Workshop supplied delightfully strange music and sound effects for British radio, television and films for the better part of 40 years.

“The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. It was based in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, London, W9, UK growing outwards from the then-legendary Room 13. The innovative music and techniques used by the Workshop has made it one of the most significant influences on electronic music today.

We took a look at their work, as well as some interviews and other ephemera from these Alchemists of Sound. Admittedly, it was a Delia Derbyshire-centric mix, as both Nate and I are huge fans of her work and felt she was the unsung heroine of the Radiophonic saga. Sadly, most of her acclaim seemed to have arrived posthumously, as she passed away in 2001.

This episode was hosted by Rich L. and Nate Mannan, of KOUG Radio program Noise Annoys.

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Playlist Below:

Track Album Artist

“Intro” Alchemists of Sound (2005 TV Doc.) BBC 4

“TARDIS: Original Takeoff Sequence” Doctor Who At The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969 Brian Hodgson

“Creating the Dr. Who Theme” Alchemists of Sound BBC 4

“Dr. Who Original Theme” Doctor Who At The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969 Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire & Dick Mills

“The Sounds of Dr. Who” Alchemists of Sound BBC 4

“Musak” (from “Time In Advance”) Doctor Who At The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969 John Baker

“Introducing John Baker” Alchemists of Sound BBC 4

“Structures” BBC Radiophonic Music John Baker

“20th Century Focus” The John Baker Tapes Vol. 1 John Baker

“Introducing Delia Derbyshire” Alchemists of Sound BBC 4

“Pot au Feu” BBC Radiophonic Music Delia Derbyshire

“Ziwih Ziwih OO-OO-OO” BBC Radiophonic Music Delia Derbyshire

“Blue Veils and Golden Sands” BBC Radiophonic Music Delia Derbyshire

The Delian Mode” BBC Radiophonic Music Delia Derbyshire

“Time On Our Hands (Titles and City Music)” The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: A Retrospective Delia Derbyshire

“Towards Tomorrow” BBC Radiophonic Music Delia Derbyshire

“Way Out” The Tomorrow People Li De La Russe (Delia Derbyshire)

“Delia’s Theme” The Tomorrow People Li De La Russe (Delia Derbyshire)

“The Dreams (Running, Falling, Land)” Barry Bermange and Delia Derbyshire

“”The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell” An Electric Storm White Noise (Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson & David Vorhaus)

“The Legend of Hel House (Ending Theme)” The Legend of Hell House Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson

“Kroton Theme” Dr. Who at the BBC Radiohonic Workshop Vol. 1: The Early Years Brian Hodgson

“Amphitryon 38” The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: A Retrospective Daphne Oram

“The Ocean (Main Theme)” The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: A Retrospective Daphne Oram and Desmond Briscoe

“TV March” The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: A Retrospective Desmond Briscoe

Frontier to Knowledge” Electrosonic Delia Derbyshire

“The Pattern Emerges” Electrosonic Delia Derbyshire

“Celestial Cantible” Electrosonic Delia Derbyshire

“War of the Worlds” Music from The BBC Radiophonic Workshop David Cain

A Different Nature is a program of new music and sonic arts and airs every Monday evening at 8pm to 10pm on Community Radio KBOO, 90.7 FM, in Portland and on the web at www.kboo.fm/listen

A Different Nature was founded by the late Richard Francis in 1980 and now continues with rotating hosts and guests as a KBOO collective effort, continuing Richard’s mission to bring listeners, new, exciting sounds.

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One comment

  1. […] stuff! Ohno can almost be seen as the Japanese counterpart to the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop (check out the show Nate M. and I did a while back on that subject while you’re at it), in that he created the […]



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