BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop is Revived


Can you name all the
actors “who” played Dr. Who, above?


By Fred Mills


With electronica maven Matthew Herbert as the newly anointed
Creative Director, Britain’s
storied BBC Radiophonic Workshop is back in action following a
protracted period of inactivity starting in 1998, reports Pitchfork. BBC/Arts
Council service The Space aims to revive the sound/art/technology hive that, as early as 1958, was
breaking ground at the BBC via musicians and composers – among them, famously,
Delia Derbyshire – who specialized in unique sound effects and theme for the
BBC’s shows and broadcasts such as the theme music for Dr. Who.


Up first: The Sound of
the Space
, described as “a sprawling collage of sounds.” The report further
notes that “The Radiophonic Workshop in Public” will take
place on Oct. 7 at the Southbank Centre in London, a series of events celebrating the


Herbert, in a statement, noted, “The rapid pace of
change in technologies has meant are imaginations are struggling to keep up. By
bringing together the people making the technology with people making the
music, we are hoping to find engaging answers to some of the modern problems
associates with the role of sound and music on the internet, in certain
creative forms and within broadcasting.”

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