Radiophonic Workshop Videos

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1960s: Daphne Oram at Tower Folly

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1960s: Excerpt from the film 'House', with music by Phil Young

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1960s: Radiophonic documentary footage


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1960s: Radiophonic documentary footage

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1962: 'World of Sound' extract

This part of the programme, celebrating 40 years of radio, shows how 'Private Dreams and Public Nightmares' of 1957 was produced by Daphne Oram, despite the fact that the Workshop didn't exist at the time. It begins with an EMI TR/90 and tape loop in Room 12, and then a recording being made in Room 13, with Delia Derbyshire, behind the glass, miming to the original voice of Joan Sanderson. The 'Albert Hall' mixer is operated by Dick Mills, alongside an unknown secretary, with three BBC passive equalisers, known as Programme Effects Units (PEUs) and an Audio Baton graphic equaliser in view. The film then moves to Room 13, where we see the 'Longden' desk in its original position at 45 degrees, with Desmond Briscoe at the controls. Behind Jenyth Worsley and to the left of the loudspeaker are a line of tape machines: two Ferrographs, a variable-speed Reflectograph and possibly an Ampex recorder, the latter with backward-facing heads. To the left of these, next to a seated Maddelena Fagandini, is the large EMI BTR/2 tape machine. Right of the loudspeaker is the TR/90 and the Leevers-Rich 8-track.


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1965: 'Tomorrow's World' documentary excerpt

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1968: 'The World's First Robotic Woman', with music by John Baker

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1969: 'The Same Trade as Mozart' - documentary excerpt 1

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1969: 'The Same Trade as Mozart' - documentary excerpt 2 (poor quality)

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1970s: 'Artbeat' titles, with music by David Cain

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1970s: John Baker on piano (attribution not confirmed)

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1970s: Michael Rodd demonstrates musique concrete

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1976: Roger Limb demonstrates the music-making process

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1979: David Vorhaus and analogue electronic music

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1979: David Vorhaus and the Kaleidophon

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1979: 'The New Sound of Music' documentary

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1980: 'The Sound of Sypher' documentary

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1980s: Peter Howell and the 'Doctor Who' theme

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1981: Peter Howell's Masterclass lecture

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1981: An interview with Roger Limb

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1982: 'Music Arcade' documentary excerpt

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1984: Elizabeth Parker and music for 'The Living Planet'

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1986: Dick Mills & Dudley Simpson

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1987: 'Electric Music Machine' documentary

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1993: 'Five Composers' documentary

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2000: Peter Zinovieff on commercial sounds

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2003: 'Alchemists of Sound' documentary

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2006: '30 Years in the Tardis' documentary excerpt

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2007: 'What the Future Sounded Like' documentary, with Tristram Cary

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2008: 'Old Masters of New Sounds' documentary excerpt, with Dick Mills and Mark Ayres

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2008: 'RWS 50' interview of Dick Mills and Mark Ayres

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2009: Daphne Oram's 'Oramics' machine is saved

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2009: 'The Delian Mode' documentary

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2010: 'Inside Out' West Midlands - Delia Derbyshire

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2010: Radiophonic Workshop Concert - Tribute to Delia Derbyshire

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2011: The 'Oramics to Electronica' exhibition at the Science Museum

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2013: 12 Again - 'Doctor Who Special'

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2013: Dick Mills interview at 'Whooverville 5' (part one)

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2013: Dick Mills interview at 'Whooverville 5' (part two)

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2013: The Oramics machine at the Science Museum

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2014: 'Do Analogue Sound Machines Dream of Digital Sheep?' documentary

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2014: The 'Doctor Who' theme, performed by the Radiophonic Workshop, Festival No 6, Portmerion

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2014: 'Pioneers of Sound' documentary

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2018: 'It was 60 Years Ago Today...'

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