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Published on May 2nd, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Tristram Cary

Influential composer and founder of electronic music Tristram Cary sadly died last Thursday, in Adelaide, Australia at the age of 82.

His work appeared on early episodes of Doctor Who, and while he was known as the composer of classical music he also embraced the revolution brought about by electronics and synthesizers.

Cary is also particularly well known for his film and television music. As well as writing music for Doctor Who, he wrote the score for the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers (1955), Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971).

His pioneering attitude in the development of the electronic sound lead to his involvement with Bob Moog, and the development of the first portable synthesizer, while Cary also had the worlds first electronic studio built at the Royal College of Music, as well as version of it at his house in Suffolk which travelled to Australia when he emigrated there.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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