BBC Radiophonic Workshop

An Engineering Perspective

'The trouble with the future is that you never fully know about it until you've passed it.'
- Roger Limb
'Beautifully written by ex-BBC engineer Ray White, this is a technical history of the Workshop. For techies only, but essential if you’ve ever wondered what a wobbulator is!'
- BBC WebGuide

1. Overview

2. Early Days 1957-1965

3. Voltage Control 1965-1975

4. Changes 1975-1980

5. Reawakening 1980-1983

6. Syncwriter 1983-1986

7. New Wave 1986-1988

8. Magic Roundabout 1987-1988

9. Vertical Interval 1986-1992

10. Second Round 1988-1990

11. Intermission 1989-1990

12. Sonic Solution 1990-1992

13. Funny Business 1990-1993

14. Latter Days 1992-1996

15. Additional Information


Musique Concrète

Synthesisers

Sequencing


Dedicated to Dave Young, one of the most talented, self-effacing and good-humoured engineers ever to pass through the portals of the BBC.


The author grants free permission to distribute this document in its original form on condition that the recipient is not charged for its use. Small extracts may also be used for the purposes of genuine study. No changes whatsoever can be made to the original text.

©Ray White 2001-2013.