The Alchemists of Sound

If you are not familiar with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop but have even a small interest in Musique Concrète, Sound Art, electronic music or even Dr. Who, you’re in for a treat. Predating the advent of the analog synthesizer by almost 8 years, the Radiophonic Workshop created innovative music, sound tracks and treatments for BBC radio and later television programming. Armed with little besides numerous tape machines and microphones, Dick Mills, Daphne Oram, Roger Limb, Paddy Kingsland and later others, created some of the most innovative and memorable sounds and electronic music in the second part of the 20th century.

Below is an amazing 60 minute documentary (well worth your time) called The Alchemists of Sound. It focuses on the history, development and the ultimate closing of the workshop along with the disposal of much of their audio archive. UGGGGH!!!!!!!

Enjoy!


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