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Published on July 17th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

Oooo-Weee- Oooo On Six Strings

Guitar amp-makers of Electro-Harmonix have achieved the incredible: they’ve managed to produce an authentic-sounding replication of the original Delia Derbyshire Who theme using their amps!

If you sidle on over this way, you can read all about it and even watch a YouTube demonstration!  According to geek-living blog Walyou,

“[Electro-Harmonix] did not use keyboards, samplers or midi pickups to create those  electronic sounds which are quite surprising indeed.

“You could also learn how to recreate the Doctor Who theme using your  guitar by following their tutorial  link or watching the video (guitar begins at 1:42).

“The recreated  Doctor Who theme eerily resembles the original, and apart from all the  guitar techniques, you might also need some patience to really learn how  to recreate it. Apart from that, it seems like a really exciting thing  to do.”

If you’re a complete guitar virgin like me, who can play bits of Smoke on the Water, badly, and not much else, it may take an ounce more patience than suggested above to make such a realistic-sounding Doctor Who theme.  But if you’re an old pro at the instrument, and have all the right equipment (Electro-Harmonix seems to indicate that they want you to buy theirs), have a go at this and let us know in the comments if you have any success!


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

4 Responses to Oooo-Weee- Oooo On Six Strings

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    Hoooo, that was sweet. I wouldn’t mind hearing that during the opening. Has an unearthly sound that seems to almost go back to the beginning!

  2. avatar TheDarkling says:

    That’s great. Really startling and other-worldly. With all this fuss over the proms, and big quality orchestral versions, it does make me wonder if the theme has become too safe, too big and, dare I say it, too bland. A bit of an experimental edge would be nice. The incidental music is rather dull too, if you compare it to some of those 60′s experiments. But ‘experimental’ is not to everyones taste, so perhaps Murray Gold is playing it safe a lot of the time.

  3. avatar Carn says:

    Found that a bit lacking myself. Just sounded far too artificial and empty even compared to the original version. Kinda dull to be honest.

  4. avatar Andrew says:

    I think that is brilliant. Murray Gold is good, but far to safe for my liking. Experimental was the essence of Doctor Who in the 60s, the music especially so. I hope Steven Moffat and the other executives get to see this.

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