The Soundhouse

BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP

CD
2016
ELECTRÓNICA
SILVA SCREEN RECORDS (SV SILCD1511 02)

In 1979 the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was launched, the year that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop celebrated its 21st birthday . At the price of a house (approx £30,000) this state of the art piece of equipment was embedded with an 8 bit digital sampling synthesizer capable of emulating acoustic instruments and orchestras alongside the manipulation of sound effects. For the BRW this was a major game changer, where previously, composers would spend weeks editing small pieces of tape together to create sounds. Ingenuity and creativity in music and sound was still at the forefront for Workshop members but suddenly made a whole lot easier. This 1983 collection (a first time re-release here of the complete album) celebrated these new found freedoms most notably on the opening track where five Radiophonic composers combined to add their own musical identity to a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight. Highlights include music from the radio production of The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy and Fancy Fish based on Sant-Saen's Carnival Of The Animals which was the first BRW project to utilise the Fairlight.

Songs

  • Lascaux (Peter Howell) 00:53:02
  • Ralleyman (Roger Limb) 00:01:18
  • Land and People (Peter Howell) 00:27:07
  • The Unseeing Eye (Malcolm Clarke) 00:25:55
  • The Milonga (Malcolm Clarke) 00:48:14
  • Mainstream (Peter Howell) 00:54:14
  • Seascape (Dick Mills) 00:53:46
  • Yellow Moon (Roger Limb) 00:33:36
  • Brighton Pier (Paddy Kingsland) 00:01:22
  • The Whale (Paddy Kingsland) 00:36:14
  • Radio Blackburn (Elizabeth Parker) 00:36:29
  • Macrocosm (Dick Mills) 00:50:24
  • Planet Earth (Scenes from "The Living Planet") (Elizabeth Parker) 00:50:38
  • Catch the Wind (Dick Mills) 00:30:43
  • Fancy Fish ("Aquarium") (Peter Howell and Dick Mills) 00:30:14
  • Houdin's Musical Box (Jonathan Gibbs) 00:26:10
  • Computers in the Real World (Jonathan Gibbs) 00:11:31
  • Believe it or Not (Malcolm Clarke) 00:30:29
  • Armagiddean War Games (Dick Mills) 00:28:34
  • Dawn (Jonathan Gibbs) 00:50:10
  • Ghost in the Water (Roger Limb) 00:48:29
  • Radiophonic Rock (Peter Howell / Roger Limb / Jonathan Gibbs / Malcolm Clarke / Elizabeth Parker / Dick Mills) 00:01:39
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