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Radiophonic Workshop

electro pioneers

Biography

These audio alchemists are responsible for the Doctor Who theme, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Quatermass, Living Planet and many other classic BBC TV and radio music.Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators, who set about exploring new ways of using technology to create sounds.They created the soundtracks to some of BBC television and radio’s most iconic...

These audio alchemists are responsible for the Doctor Who theme, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Quatermass, Living Planet and many other classic BBC TV and radio music.Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators, who set about exploring new ways of using technology to create sounds.They created the soundtracks to some of BBC television and radio’s most iconic programmes and their influence on popular music has been profound, from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Pink Floyd through to contemporary electronic artists and DJs such as Aphex Twin, Four Tet and The Orb. Almost two decades after the Workshop was decommissioned by John Birt, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and long-time associate Mark Ayres are working together once more.a