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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective

Mute



2CD

Released: 3rd Nov 2008

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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, set up in 1958, was originally created as a sound effects unit for BBC Radio and TV programs.

Pioneering new forms of drama during the late 1950s and early 60s demanded innovative and original use of music and sound.The art of what became known as sounddesign began in the cramped undergroundstudiosof the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC Maida Vale complex in London. Their early explorations into sound drew on the principles of musique concrete, early tape manipulation techniques and primitive oscillators and tone circuits built by technicians at the workshop. As technology developed and the synthesizer, tape technology, computers and early digital sampling emerged the Radiophonic Workshop maintained an their position at the leading edge of electronic music and sound design.

The vast body of work that emerged between 1960 and 1997 has influenced generations of musicians both within electronica and more widely in the Rock, Progressive and Pop field.  Groundbreaking work such as Delia’ Darbyshire’s 1963 Doctor Who Theme (still the high water mark of experimental music), sound effects albums, works of early electronica and popular favourites such as Blake’s 7 and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy have ensured the RWS a place at electronica’s top table.   From the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Vangelis to Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and beyond, their legacy lives on in the sounds and textures of so much contemporary music.  But it isn’t just musicians who have drawn on their work. The  technical  development  of  the  studio and modern recording techniques owes them  a  great  debt  too.  Sound  engineer Roger  Mayer,  who  supplied  effects pedals to Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, is  just  one  of  many  engineers  for  whom their  work  proved  inspirational.  He described the Workshop as, “the great unsung    heroes    of    British    electronica.” These  two  records,  recorded  in  1968  and  1975  respectively,  were  released  at  the  height  of  The  Radiophonic Workshop’s  influence.  They  showcase  the  dawning  of  processed  sound,  treated  sounds  and  sound  design. Quirky and irreverent BBC Radiophonic Music was originally put out as a specialist demonstration library disc for BBC drama producers. In 1971 the BBC released it commercially. This is the first time it has been made available on vinyl in its first and original form. The Radiophonic Workshop from 1975 was a compilation of the best-known of the Radiophonic Workshop’s output to date. This is the first time it has seen a vinyl reissue in its original form. Both albums have been remastered for vinyl from the original tapes by the Radiophonic Workshop’s archivist Mark Ayres.
 

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective

Tracklist

  1. Amphitryon 38 (2008 Digital Remaster)
  2. The Ocean (Main Theme) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  3. Quatermass And The Pit (Effects) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  4. Major Bloodnok’s Stomach (2002 Digital Remaster)
  5. Outside (2008 Digital Remaster)
  6. Science And Industry (2008 Digital Remaster)
  7. The Artist Speaks (2008 Digital Remaster)
  8. The Splendour That Was Rome (2008 Digital Remaster)
  9. TV March (2008 Digital Remaster)
  10. Interval Signal (2008 Digital Remaster)
  11. Phra The Phoenician (2008 Digital Remaster)
  12. Full Circle - The Stick Up (2008 Digital Remaster)
  13. Time Beat (2008 Digital Remaster)
  14. Music For A Magic Carpet (2008 Digital Remaster)
  15. Ideal Home Exhibition (2008 Digital Remaster)
  16. Time On Our Hands (Titles and City Music) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  17. Arabic Science And Industry (2008 Digital Remaster)
  18. The Chem Lab Mystery (2008 Digital Remaster)
  19. Know Your Car (Get Out And Get Under) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  20. Dr Who (2008 Digital Remaster)
  21. Tardis (2008 Digital Remaster)
  22. Choice (2008 Digital Remaster)
  23. Hard Luck Hall (2008 Digital Remaster)
  24. Westminster At Work (2008 Digital Remaster)
  25. Talk Out (2008 Digital Remaster)
  26. Science And Health (2008 Digital Remaster)
  27. Secrets Of The Chasm (2008 Digital Remaster)
  28. The Slide (Opening) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  29. A New View of Politics (2008 Digital Remaster)
  30. Radio Stoke-On-Trent (1) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  31. Radio Stoke-On-Trent (2) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  32. Bobby Shaftoe (2008 Digital Remaster)
  33. The Lambton Worm (2008 Digital Remaster)
  34. Environmental Studies (2008 Digital Remaster)
  35. Chronicle (2008 Digital Remaster)
  36. Great Zoos Of The World (2008 Digital Remaster)
  37. P.M. (1970) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  38. Tros Y Gareg (Over The Stone) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  39. Dance from Noah" (2008 Digital Remaster)
  40. Good Morning Wales (2008 Digital Remaster)
  41. Sequence (2008 Digital Remaster)
  42. Martian March Past (2008 Digital Remaster)
  43. The Changes (Suite) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  44. Thomas The Rhymer (2008 Digital Remaster)
  45. Merry-Go-Round (2008 Digital Remaster)
  46. Fanfare (2008 Digital Remaster)
  47. BBC2 Serial (2008 Digital Remaster)
  48. The Plunderers (2008 Digital Remaster)
  49. The Secret War (2008 Digital Remaster)
  50. Quirky (2008 Digital Remaster)
  51. Newton (2008 Digital Remaster)
  52. Contact (2008 Digital Remaster)
  53. For Love Or Money (2008 Digital Remaster)
  54. Mysterioso (2008 Digital Remaster)
  55. The Astronauts (2008 Digital Remaster)
  56. Moving Form (Main Theme From "The Body In Question") (2008 Digital Remaster)
  57. A Whisper From Space (2008 Digital Remaster)
  58. Land And People (2008 Digital Remaster)
  59. Swirley (2008 Digital Remaster)
  60. Greenwich Chorus (2008 Digital Remaster)
  61. Hurdy Gurdy (2008 Digital Remaster)
  62. P.M. (1978) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  63. Broken Biscuit Club (2008 Digital Remaster)
  64. The Unseeing Eye (2008 Digital Remaster)
  65. The Milonga (2008 Digital Remaster)
  66. Mainstream (2008 Digital Remaster)
  67. Seascape (2008 Digital Remaster)
  68. Yellow Moon (2008 Digital Remaster)
  69. Brighton Pier (2008 Digital Remaster)
  70. The Whale (2008 Digital Remaster)
  71. Radio Blackburn (2008 Digital Remaster)
  72. Lascaux (2008 Digital Remaster)
  73. The Comet Is Coming (2008 Digital Remaster)
  74. Macrocosm (2008 Digital Remaster)
  75. Planet Earth (Scenes from "The Living Planet") (2008 Digital Remaster)
  76. Catch the Wind (2008 Digital Remaster)
  77. Fancy Fish ("Aquarium") (2008 Digital Remaster)
  78. Houdin's Musical Box (2008 Digital Remaster)
  79. Computers In The Real World (2008 Digital Remaster)
  80. Believe It Or Not (2008 Digital Remaster)
  81. Armagiddean War Games (2008 Digital Remaster)
  82. Dawn (2008 Digital Remaster)
  83. Ghost In The Water (2008 Digital Remaster)
  84. Radiophonic Rock (2008 Digital Remaster)
  85. Woman Of Paris (2008 Digital Remaster)
  86. Dandelion Countdown (Pictures In Your Mind) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  87. Heart of the Matter (2008 Digital Remaster)
  88. Dead Entry (Opening Titles) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  89. No Easy Road (2008 Digital Remaster)
  90. Slambash Wangs Of A Compo Gormer (Titles And Space Theme) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  91. The Great Rift (2008 Digital Remaster)
  92. Kingdom Of The Thunder Dragon (Titles) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  93. Archery And Cranes (2008 Digital Remaster)
  94. Artwork (2008 Digital Remaster)
  95. Jewel In The Sun (2008 Digital Remaster)
  96. Techno (2008 Digital Remaster)
  97. OK2 (You In Mind) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  98. Doctors To Be (2008 Digital Remaster)
  99. Secret Nature (Titles) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  100. The Secret Of Life (Cracking The Code) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  101. Salem's Lot (2008 Digital Remaster)
  102. Music From "The Sea The Sea" (2008 Digital Remaster)
  103. Music from "The Demon Headmaster" (2008 Digital Remaster)
  104. The Lost Gardens Of Heligan (2008 Digital Remaster)
  105. Michael Palin's Full Circle (Main Theme) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  106. Assignment (Kofi Annan) (2008 Digital Remaster)
  107. Dance From "Noah" (Stereo Mix) (2008 Digital Remaster)"