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BBC Radiophonic Music [Vinyl] Original recording remastered

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  • Vinyl (2 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Sheffield
2. Radio Nottingham
3. Boys and Girls
4. Mattachin
5. Pot eu Feu
6. Time and Tune
7. Tomorrow's World
8. Reading Your Letters
9. Blue Veils and Golden Sands
10. The Missing Jewel
11. Artbeat
12. Fresh Start
13. Christmas Commercial
14. Sea Sports
15. The Delian Mode
16. The Frogs Wooing
17. Milky Way
18. Structures
19. New Worlds
20. Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO
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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Available for the first time on vinyl

About the Artist

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, set up in 1958, was originally created as a sound effects unit for BBC Radio and TV programmes. Pioneering new forms of drama during the late 1950's and early 60's demanded innovative and original use of music and sound. The art of what became known as sound-design began in the cramped underground studios of the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC Maida Vale complex in London. Their early explorations into sound drew on the principles of early tape manipulation techniques and primitive oscillators and tone circuits built by technicians at the workshop. As technology developed and the synthesizer, tape technology, computers and early digital sampling emerged the Radiophonic Workshop maintained their position at the leading edge of electronic music and sound design. The vast body of work that emerged between 1960 and 1997 has influenced generations of musicians both within electronica and more widely in the Rock, Progressive and Pop field. Groundbreaking work such as Delia Darbyshire's 1963 Doctor Who Theme, sound effects albums, works of early electronica and popular favourites such as Blake's 7 and The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy have ensured the RWS a place at electronica's top table. From the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Vangelis to Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and beyond, their legacy lives on in the sounds and textures of so much contemporary music. This album was released in 1968 at the height of The Radiophonic Workshop's influence. It showcases the dawning of processed sound, treated sounds and sound design. Quirky and irreverent BBC Radiophonic Music was originally put out as a specialist demonstration library disc for BBC drama producers. In 1971 the BBC released it commercially. This is the first time it has been made available on vinyl in its first and original form. The album has been remastered for vinyl from the original tapes by the Radiophonic Workshop's archivist Mark Ayres. Pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Baker VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2012
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I have had this album on vinyl for many years and was delighted to discover it in CD format. Almost unique and real breakthrough music at the time, these recordings dating back to the early 60's in many cases,have stood the test of time. However, for anyone considering buying this album, don't expect lengthy tunes. Instead it is made up of 33 short snippets of electronic music, in some cases only a few seconds long. The sound quality is superb, as is to be expected with BBC recordings, and for listeners of a certain age (like this reviewer)it is amazing how many of the tunes sound familiar. This is an album to delve into rather than sit down and listen to in its entirety but well worth having.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RagBear on 8 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent CD of some of the output from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. My vinyl LP of this album is well & truly worn out, so finding this CD with extra tracks on it is kind of magical. These BBC radiophonic johnnies did some superb stuff over the years.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris M. on 4 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
First compiled in 1968 as an in-house BBC Library LP, this was given a full commercial release in 1970 and was the first sampling of the Radiophonic Workshop's output. I must admit (being something of an anorak) it's a bit frustrating not to know exactly when the tracks were recorded - are they 1965-68 or '67-68? At least the "21" LP of 1979 put everything in date order. Either way this CD is a great snapshot of the RW's output from their three principle composers of the period. John Baker's compositions are by and large the most 'hummable' but Delia Derbyshire's 'Pot au Feu' is remarkable - almost her CV in musical form. The original compilers should be congratulated for making it a Dr Who theme-free release.

Another inconsequential gripe is that the Workshop's output from the period just after this (say 1968-70) has never been properly sampled. This would be particularly interesting as it would represent the last of the 'Baker Technique' recordings before the dreaded (and dreadful) synths came along to spoil the party.
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