- Audio CD (29 May 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: BBC
- ASIN: B00004TFMK
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Doctor Who At The Radiophonic Workshop Vol. 1: The Early Years 1963-1969
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It's been so easy to sympathetically think back on the series as budget-challenged chintz. Contemporary technology is like a comfort zone of superiority against TV of the past; what really mustn't be forgotten is how appreciated Dr. Who was in its day for technical innovation. And that's where this first volume comes in: the Hartnell and Troughton years-apart from being blessed with Ron Grainer's immortal theme--were often tracked with sourced library cues. The majority of playtime is thereby made up by the unique sound designers then resident at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop (principally Brian Hodgson, Delia Derbyshire, and Dick Mills). While this hardly makes for any sort of light musical experience, it is nonetheless a fascinating record of electronic sound at its genesis. Twenty-two episodes are covered in various fashions, there's the old-piano-and-a-key "Original TARDIS Effect", but most importantly a chronicling of each stage of the Grainer theme. Preparing for the continuation on Volume Two is a final, unused rendition. --Paul Tonks
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My favourite track is "Cybermats attracted to Wheel". It's a boing noise that repeats a few times, but it's a lovely boing noise, and I love the way it repeats. The selection from The Wheel in Space, which makes up tracks 37 - 51, is like a miniature early Tangerine Dream record, or a more peaceful Stockhausen. It is my favourite part of the album. "Floating Through Space" is sinister, "Interior Rocket (Suspense Music)" is menacing, and "Jarvis in a Dream State" is perturbing. Listening to the music without watching the show, I am left with a mental impression of avant-garde experimental black and white horror cinema. I have a mental impression of some very clever people in a stark, abandoned school hall, carefully preparing tapes and oscilloscopes. It's all very reminiscent of Gil Mellé's music from The Andromeda Strain.
I say "music", but this album often blurs the boundaries between noise and music, and indeed many of the tracks were commissioned as background atmospheres. Several of the consist of a single albeit often complicated effect, e.g. the various noises that accompany functions of the Tardis, whereas "Galaxy Atmosphere" is an evolving noise layered on top of itself. Other highlights of the record include "Machine and City Theme", which has an ominous, grinding feel; the peaceful, ambient "Musak", which should have been released as a single; and "White Void", which is cold, so cold, like the universe itself. Track 29, "Chromophone Band", is a relatively conventional tune with a melody and a beat. It sounds like the work of Joe Meek. It was written by Dudley Simpson, and arranged in typically inventive style by Delia Derbyshire. The "Chumbley" tracks are cute, and it's a shame that Chumbley has to die (with an electronic death gasp!).
As the title of the record states, this music was made between 1963 and 1969. It sounds timeless, as if from another universe where time does not exist.
It's worth looking on Google for Mark Ayres' website; he compiled the record, and on his website he writes about the tracks, telling us that e.g. "Cyber Invasion" was originally eight minutes long (it is a whooshing noise, the audio equivalent of a barber's pole, and it would be horrible to listen to for eight minutes).
The 'whatever happened to susan?' programme obviously had to turn up on one of these eventually. I'd never heard it and wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be pretty good.
There are assorted interviews from all over the years of the show presented in no particular order.
There's a live performance Jon Pertwee and Elizabeth Sladen did at goodwood races. This is an interesting curio but the sound is poor and the script is awful, and doesn't work without visuals.
And lots of news items from 2003 when the return of the show was announced. It's fascinating to listen to these now and hear the usual jokes about cheap production values. These would never happen anymore in the wake of the new series.
We also have three hugely funny clips from the impressions show dead ringers, which are almost worth the price of the CD by itself.
A very mixed bag in the end, and not an essential purchase, but it does have some good moments
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