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Doctor Who Sound Effects (Vintage Beeb) (Vintage Beeb: Doctor Who) Audio CD – 2 Feb 2012
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The effects are all in their original mono, but they've been cleaned up as necessary to sound absolutely perfect and practically brand new. As it's a faithful re-issue of an LP, you only get just over half an hour's worth of sound.
Side one (the first 8 tracks) is predominantly background atmospheres ('atmos')- most are actually quite sedate and some even end up feeling like ambient meditation noises, but some, like "the Dalek control room" (the sound effect that continued to be used so brilliantly in the series from 2005 onwards), are familiarly sinister and tension-inducing. By weeding a couple of the more dangerous-sounding atmospheres out, I've got myself a playlist to help get our baby daughter to go to sleep- that's a bonus!
Side two (the other 22 tracks) is a little more atmos but also a range of spot effects- some alarms sounding, the sonic screwdriver (less squeaky than you may remember it), a few squeaks from the TARDIS, and a range of alien weapons being fired- not least the Dalek gun. These are more of a curiosity than a proper sit-down listening experience but they're still a joy. Some of the noises may sound cliché now (not all of them), but that's generally because the Radiophonic Workshop did them first, and everybody else copied it!
If you want to use Doctor Who noises for (for example) your ringtone or your alarm sound or your home movie (well who knows) then this is NOT the complete set of sound effects you'll be after. However, if you've downloaded the Doctor Who Adventure Games from the web site and you're willing to poke around a little with converting OGG files, then you'll find that between this excellent disc and the files already hidden on your PC, then you'll have a very thorough and generally outstanding Who sound effect library.
The inclusion of CD Text (so if your CD player is compatible, it will display the name of the track as it's being played, without having to look it up on the internet) is a small plus but a real sign that a bit of care has been taken on this release.
If you're a Who fan, or even just a fan of electronic sonic wizardry and ambience, then this is an essential and bargain addition to your collection.
The first level is made up of fans who try not to miss the new episodes when they're broadcast and also own a few DVDs.
In the second level, the Who fans owns ALL of the DVDs and will make an effort to visit any exhibitions.
In the third level, the Who fan owns all of the DVDs, plus a few audio recordings of the missing episodes. They may also attend the odd convention too.
To enter the mystical fourth level, the Who fan leaves the existing reality behind and enters an e-space alternate universe of new audio adventures and books that fill the gaps between the known adventures.
Next comes the fifth level: videos featuring Doctor Who actors that aren't actually Who adventures and books with no actual appearance from Doctor Who.
If a Doctor Who fan is dedicated enough to pass through the fifth level, starved of any real Who-related material, they are then allowed to reach the final level, the ultimate challenge, where they sit alone in a room listening to noises.
This record is a Proustian treat for Doctor Who fans who watched it in the 1970s, or for those who have caught up with the Pertwee and Baker mid-70s adventures on DVD, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy classics like 'Exxilon Control Room' without any annoying interruptions from the actors. You can, of course, also use them as a background to any homemade audio or video adventures.
One word of warning - whilst I welcome the opportunity to celebrate the mastery of Dick Mills and his colleagues at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, whenever I watch a Doctor Who DVD adventure from the mid-1970s, I keep getting distracted by the sound effects, thinking: "Side Two, Track Four" at key moments in the story.
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Very clever stuff back in the day for the BBC radiophonic workshop. How the effects have changed over theyears to technology