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Delia Derbyshire in the Workshop
  ALCHEMISTS OF SOUND
Sunday 19 October 2003 9pm-10pm; rpt 1.10am-2.10am; Tuesday 21 October 8.30pm-9.30pm; Wednesday 22 October 11pm-midnight
 
 

The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958, born out of a desire to create 'new kinds of sounds'. Alchemists of Sound looks at this creative group from its inception, through its golden age when it was supplying music and effects for cult classics like Doctor Who, Blake's Seven and Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and charts its fading away in 1995 when, due to budget cuts, it was no longer able to survive.

There are interviews with composers from the Workshop, as well as musicians and writers who have been inspired by the output. Great archive footage of the Workshop and its machinery is accompanied by excerpts of the, now cult, TV programmes that featured these sounds.

Previous music programmes on BBC Four

 
 
MARK AYRES
Composer and archivist
"It was a different way of using sound"
  Mark Ayres
WATCH CLIP 
Delia Derbyshire's classic piece Ziwzhi Ziwzhi oo-oo-oo
(1 min 6 secs)
  Robot from The Prophet


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 QUIZ
Cunning questions on the Workshop and its innovators

 COMPETITION
Win recordings by the Radiophonic Workshop

Further Links

Radiophonic Workshop Review
BBCi Music assess their recordings

Dick Mills
Q&A with a composer from the Radiophonic Workshop




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