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The Radiophonic Workshop

Oct 7th 2017 @ Drama Studio, The University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
I Was There
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
5:00 PM
Drama Studio, The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Live performance by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio.Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop explored new ways of using - and abusing - soundUsing early electronics, oscillators, handmade synths and tape loops the Workshop created the other- worldly soundtrack to some of BBC television and radio’s most iconic programmes including Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Delia Derbyshire’s iconic Doctor Who Theme - still the high water mark for British electronic music nearly 50 years after it was recorded.Now, more than 15 years after the Workshop was decommissioned, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and archivist Mark Ayres are back working together. Variously described by the music press as the ‘electronic Buena Vista Social Club’ (The Observer) and ‘The British Kraftwerk’ (NME) the Radiophonic Workshop are currently enjoying a well deserved renaissance - their pioneering work regarded as a key influence not only on the history and development of rock, pop, electronica and dance music but on a whole new generation of DJs, electronic artists and sound designers.The rebirth of this pioneering group of British musicians is well and truly underway.
Young people under 18 very welcome but must be accompanied by an adult over 18. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
---------------------------------Members of the Radiophonic Workshop will also be giving a talk earlier in the day at SynthFest UK - 'Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme'. Further details for this can be found on the SynthFest UK site.