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BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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The BBC Radiophonic workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram. This group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators provided music for programmes including The Body in Question, Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chronicle and Delia Derbyshire's iconic Doctor Who Theme before being shut down by Director General John Birt in 1998.

In an edition recorded just as the Workshop prepare to release a new album, and tour the UK, Matthew Sweet brings together Radiophonic Workshop members Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howells, and Mark Ayres to reflect on the days and nights they spent in the workshop, coaxing ageing machines into otherworldly life, and pioneering electronic music. Also in the programme, The Prodigy's Kieron Pepper and Vile Electrodes on the influence the Radiophonic Workshop had on them.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

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45 minutes

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Wed 30 Apr 2014 22:00

BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Taking part in the programme:

Dick Mills

Mark Ayres

Roger Limb

Peter Howell

Paddy Kingsland

Matthew Howden

Kieron Pepper

Vile Electrodes

Steven Price



Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Sweet
ProducerLaura Thomas

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