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The Soundhouse

BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP

CD
07/10/2016
ELECTRÓNICA
SILVA SCREEN RECORDS (SV SILCD1511 02)
738572151126
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.


Preview (30 seconds)
01
00:04:15
Radiophonic Rock
02
00:02:21
Lascaux
03
00:00:48
Computers in the Real World
04
00:02:24
Seascape
05
00:01:51
The Whale
06
00:03:29
Ralleyman
07
00:01:28
Catch the Wind
08
00:01:27
Believe It or Not
09
00:02:11
Planet Earth
10
00:02:09
Dawn
11
00:02:26
Mainstream
12
00:01:08
The Unseeing Eye
13
00:01:26
Fancy Fish ("Aquarium")
14
00:03:44
Brighton Pier
15
00:01:19
Armagiddean War Games
16
00:01:40
Yellow Moon
17
00:01:52
Radio Blackburn
18
00:02:10
Macrocosm
19
00:01:13
Land and People
20
00:01:09
Houdin's Musical Box
21
00:02:02
Ghost in the Water
22
00:02:01
The Milonga
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