Here’s something quite fascinating, if you’re into old school electronic sounds. You might have heard of the Radiophonic Workshop, set up in 1958 to provide sound and electronic music for BBC radio and television drama.
They were true pioneers, often mentioned in the same breath as Raymond Scott or Kraftwerk as real electronic music legends (you can find more info on the Wikipedia page).
BBC Radiophonic Workshop features in a quick yet very interesting documentary, A Journey Through Time, in which they talk about the tricks of the trade before electronic instruments with keyboards existed, the studio at BBC Maida Vale, and the real secret to the making of the now legendary Dr Who theme tune.
Since the closure of the BBC studio, Radiophonic Workshop is now a live band and have continued playing the classics as well as new material.
Synthesizer company, Arturia, filmed the documentary around their performance at Jazz Café, Camden Town, London, which features interviews with Mark Ayres, Peter Howell, Dick Mills, Roger Limb, and Paddy Kingsland, on how they perform the old songs in a new era.
Watch it here!
Radiophonic Workshop has also created a sound pack for Arturia’s flagship synth, the MatrixBrute, in their classic, original style. For more information, please visit the website.
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