If one day we are ever able to time travel, I would hop in my TARDIS (DeLorean?) and make my way to the 1960s to be a fly on the wall at The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. I love having a copy of Ableton Live and an entire world of sounds on my computer, but I will always be fascinated by the sounds achieved through tape manipulation.
If I can never experience the original, at least there is an active and thriving Radiophonic Workshop that has been especially prominent in the news recently: I am still making my way through this month’s Electronic Sound (a fine publication), with new music from the collective made up of original members from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (and not to be confused with the New Radiophonic Workshop. See comment from Cliff Jones below). Once done, there’s just a few short days until Burials In Several Earths – the first Radiophonic Workshop album to be released in 32 years.
Plus some other news from the BBC, and more:
+ Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday special
Although she was best known for the Doctor Who theme (have you listened to the binaural mix of last week’s episode yet?), Stuart Maconie believes Inventions for Radio was Delia’s finest work. Listen to the one hour special here:
+ Oram Awards to celebrate women in music
The Radiophonic Workshop was co-founded by Daphne Oram, one of the first ever British composers to produce electronic sound. She’s a relatively well-known innovator now, but there are plenty of other women out there making incredible music with interesting tech (Imogen Heap, anyone?) who deserve a little more recognition. These awards do just that:
+ Music in Objects
Getting noticed online is difficult, and that’s speaking from experience. So in support of another fledgling project, please check out this new YouTube channel, where eeryday sounds are transfrmed into rather lovely electronic compositions:
+ Eurostar’s Sound Menu
On a different note, should you be travelling by train any time soon, Eurostar has partnered with Sony to offer passengers Sound Menu, a collection of “five playlists to help travellers prepare, relax and focus on route to their destination” with the benefit of noise-cancelling technology. Acoustic bubble? Yes, please.