Radiophonic Workshop Audio

This collection of sound recordings all relate to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Please note that some browsers may not display this material.

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Early Radiophonic Workshop interviews.

© British Broadcasting Corporation

1957: Private Dreams and Public Nightmares

An incredibly weird and fantastic BBC sound experiment by writer Frederick Bradnum, pioneering electronic music composer Daphne Oram, and producer Donald McWhinnie.

Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle have created, more recently, an album of the same name, using many of the sounds created by Daphne Oram.

© British Broadcasting Corporation

1960s: A Description of Oramics

Daphne Oram tells us of her invention. It then involved a huge amount of hardware, but today the same effect can be accomplished with a simple computer application. Oram was way ahead of her time.

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1960s: Delia on Anthony Newley

Delia Derbyshire talks about her efforts with the singer Anthony Newley, making tracks for an experimental British TV show that were never used. Her work on 'Moogies Bloogies' took her nine full days in August 1966.

© British Broadcasting Corporation

1963: The Sound Makers

This documentary, originally in the form of an LP record, tells of synthesis and sound manipulation at the Workshop. It was created as part of the BBC's Recorded Programmes Permanent Library, a special archive of historical material.

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1970: Soft Machine and the Radiophonic Workshop

This programme, recorded on 1st September, 1970, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 6th October, shows the group 'Soft Machine' experimenting with Radiophonic techniques.

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1973: Carry on London

A colourful view of London, produced by John Baker of the Workshop, along with his brother, the author and presenter Richard Anthony Baker. After John's death Richard wrote: 'The story of my brother, John Baker, is one of promise and achievement, but ultimately tragedy. His misfortune was to be born into a world for which he was too tender.'

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1979: Dick Mills Interviews

Dick Mills talks about his work on the 21st anniversary of the Workshop's opening.

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1979: Wee Have Also Sound Houses

This programme was first broadcast on 1st April, 1979, to celebrate the Radiophonic Workshop's 21st anniversary.

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1988: Waveguide - Inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

In this programme from the BBC World Service, Roger Limb gives a guided tour of the Workshop, its history and its work, including its connections with 'Doctor Who' and 'The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.

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2001: Delia Derbyshire Remembered

The radio report of Delia Derbyshire's death in 2001.

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2008: Selected Radiophonic Works

Richard Coles tells the extraordinary story of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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2009: Claudia Winkleman at Maida Vale Studios

A trip around the famous BBC music studios, as transmitted on 30th October, 2009.

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2009: Front Row at the Maida Vale Studios.Mp3

BBC Radio 4's Front Row visits the studios on 30th October, 2009.

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2009: The Digitisation of a Radio Station

Broadcast on 31st October 2009, the 75th anniversary of Maida Vale studios, this programme explores how radio material had to be digitised for future use and includes contributions from the Radiophonic Workshop.

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2010: Archive on 4 - Sculptress of Sound - The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire

In this programme, broadcast on 27th March 2010, Matthew Sweet celebrates the life and work of the composer Delia Derbyshire.

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2011: Fireside Chat - Elizabeth Parker

An interview from the Red Bull Music Academy website.

© Red Bull Radio

2013: Into The Music - That Doctor Who Sound

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the TV series 'Doctor Who', 'Into The Music' focuses on its equally famous and enduring musical theme and the Radiophonic Workshop that created it.

© Australian Broadcasting Corporation

2013: Radiophonic Workshop Live At Maida Vale

A discussion and performances on Radio 6 Music from the Radiophonic Workshop 'band', formed after the BBC department's closure.

© British Broadcasting Corporation

2013 The Future is Handmade - Delia Derbyshire's Universes of Sound

These field recordings from the 'Delia Day' event include Tim Concannon talking to academics at Manchester University, who are now responsible for conserving Delia's 'home collection' of tapes.

© Resonance 104.4 FM / Manchester University / Tim Concannon / Rights holders

2013: Late Junction - Walls and Daphne Oram Session.Mp3

Fiona Talkington presents a session from Walls and Daphne Oram alongside her varied, late-night selection of music. Broadcast on 30th May 2013.

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2014 Free Thinking - BBC Radiophonic Workshop

In this programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Matthew Sweet brings together Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howell and Mark Ayres to reflect on the days and nights spent in the Workshop, coaxing ageing machines into otherworldly life, and pioneering electronic sounds and music.

© British Broadcasting Corporation

2017 Bleep with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

In 'Bleep', the NTS radio show, members of the Radiophonic Workshop band discuss past and future projects.


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