The Radiophonic Workshop
Saturday 18th October 2014
Doors 7:00 pm
Price £17.50 adv
***It is with great regret that the Radiophonic Workshop announce the cancellation of their forthcoming run of Autumn dates across England and Scotland. Events beyond the control of the Workshop or the concert promoters mean the group are unable to embark on their Regeneration Tour as planned. The affected dates are: 13th of October at Leeds City Varieties, 15th October at Birmingham Town Hall, 18th of October at Brighton St George’s Church and 22nd of October at Glasgow School of Art. Refunds at point of purchase.***
SJM Concerts Presents… The Radiophonic Workshop.
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. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop explored new ways of using – and abusing – sound.
Drawing on the principles of musique concrete, found sounds, early electronics, oscillators, handmade synths and tape loops the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtrack of some of the BBC television and radio’s most iconic programs: The Body in Question, Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Delia Darbyshire’s iconic Doctor Who Theme – still the high water mark for British electronic music nearly 50 years after it was recorded.
Their influence on popular music has been profound- from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd through to many of today’s most successful artists. With their impressive back catalogue being reissued on vinyl and CD, and a live show featuring archive footage from film and TV spanning their extraordinary 55 year career, the rebirth of this pioneering group of British musicians is well and truly underway.