23 Jul 2013

Fag Ends And Lollipops

From These Hopeful Machines, 8:00 pm on 23 July 2013

Hodgson RW

Delia Derbyshire, Keith Salmon and Brian Hodgson in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, 1965
Photo by Richard Swayne, courtesy of Brian Hodgson
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We continue to plunder the junk of World War II: Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna and the new studio at Italian Radio – Tristram Cary, Peter Zinovieff and Robert Moog talk about finding cheap electronics by the warehouse-full and fashioning it into new-fangled sound devices – the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Dr Who and other highjinks – interviews with Brian Hodgson and Mark Ayres – Delia Derbyshire – her collaboration with Brian Hodgson and Peter Zinovieff, Unit Delta Plus – the virtuosity of John Baker – and as a prelude to next week’s programme we look at rock ’n’ roll effects: tape delay, tape loops and feedback.

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Written and presented by James Gardner, produced by Tim Dodd and James Gardner.

Scroll down for handy links, a bibliography and the playlist for this episode.

Grateful thanks for help in the production of this episode go to:

Jeremy Ansell; Mark Ayres, archivist of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; Mark Brend; David Butler and the Delia Derbyshire Archive at the University of Manchester, for the excerpt from the Unit Delta Plus music for Macbeth;
Claire Harris, (producer of the documentary What The Future Sounded Like) and Porthmeor Productions, for Tristram Cary interview material; Penny Lomax of the ABC programme The Music Show, for further Tristram Cary interview material; Ian Helliwell; Brian Hodgson, for the interview and for providing us with his copy of the out-of-print Wavemaker LP; National Public Radio (USA), for the interview with Bob Moog; Morton Subotnick;
Peter Zinovieff.

Links

Bibliography

Louis Niebur
Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Oxford University Press 2010
http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/publications/special_sound.htm
http://global.oup.com/ushe/product/special-sound-9780195368406?cc=nz&lang=en&

Mark Brend
The Sound Of Tomorrow
Bloomsbury 2012
http://minutebook.co.uk/sound-of-tomorrow/