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BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Matthew Sweet meets members of the famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop and hears about their pioneering work with electronic music.

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 Howell, 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, producer and former drummer with The Prodigy Kieron Pepper, Oscar winning Gravity composer Steven Price, Vile Electrodes, and Matt Hodson, on the influence the Radiophonic Workshop had on them.

Producer: Laura Thomas

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45 minutes

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

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Dick Mills
Interviewed Guest Paddy Kingsland
Interviewed Guest Roger Limb
Interviewed Guest Peter Howell
Interviewed Guest Mark Ayres
Interviewed Guest Kieron Pepper
Interviewed Guest Steven Price
Interviewed Guest Matt Hodson
Producer Laura Thomas

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