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

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.

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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.



Louis Niebur
Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Oxford University Press 2010

Mark Brend
The Sound Of Tomorrow
Bloomsbury 2012