Published on March 12th, 2014 | by James Lomond
Celebrate the Radiophonic Workshop!
The one day event, “In Concert and Conversation – The Radiophonic Worship” takes place from 10:00 at the University of Chichester and tickets can be booked online for the hearty sum of £65. Only fifty tickets had been made available at the time of writing and will likely get snapped up fast…
Renowned media experts and seminal electronic musicians – to be announced shortly – will be joining original BBC Radiophonic Workshop members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills and Paddy Kingsland, as well as archivist Mark Ayres, to honour and assess the Workshop’s half century odyssey into electronica.
Created in 1958, the Radiphonic is historically one of the key influences in the birth and evolution of electronica – Orbital being among mainstream artists who cite members such as Delia Derbyshire as a source of inspiration. The Workshop produced audio atmosphere and sound effects for series such as Quatermass and comedy noises for Spike Milligan’s genius radio series, The Goon Show. As readers are probably aware they produced much of the effects and music for Doctor Who, most notably the sound of the TARDIS de/materialising and Derbyshire’s haunting arrangement of Ron Grainer’s opening theme.
Unique for combining technical expertise with artistic creativity, the group’s work was gradually outsourced until they were sadly closed down in 1998. They have however made an online revival since 2012 and very rarely re-group for live performances.
The event culminates in a rare live performance from the surviving members of the Workshop. Check out more details and book online at www.radiophonicworkshop2014.co.uk.
And if you need any convincing on the importance of the Radiophonic Workshop to Doctor Who, have a listen to this – it purports to be the first time that Ron Grainer arranged the theme he composed. You’ll note that it’s a VERY different approach to Derbyshire’s familiar version. What a narrow escape we had!