BBC Radiophonic Music

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Thanks for that, Robin. A friend has a BBC album with The Changes on it; at least he did about 10 yrs ago - I must get details.

Mark Ayres is the CD producer, by the way.

Jez (Jez), Thursday, 31 October 2002 07:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

thought he was!

the album you're thinking of won't have the full soundtrack, but I'm aware of a BBC album containing the title music to The Changes, because a friend of mine came across it a few years back. he works at Greenwich University - it's not the same friend as you have, is it? the album would have been a general compilation of BBC children's themes, IIRC, so maybe Kingsland's theme to the children's radio series "The Fourth Dimension" (whence the title to his LP came) would have been on there.

the full soundtrack to The Changes is essentially Mike Oldfield's "Hergest Ridge" if it had been written to order: Kingsland was working to a tight schedule (still writing the music to the later episodes while the opening ones were going out at the beginning of 1975) and that improved it no end, there was *absolutely no chance* of the self-indulgence of the era coming through.

the interesting thing is that, uniquely in my experience, the RW itself was not credited on the programme: at the end of each episode it reads simply "Music: Paddy Kingsland" (cf on some of the 80s/90s schools programmes which characterised their declining years, the credit was purely to the RW - the individual Radiophonicist/s were not identified). this pretty much confirms how far Kingsland went away from the standard evocations of electronic music: it was the antithesis of science fiction, the opposite of futurism itself, which is what interests me about it ... what happened to the Workshop when people didn't believe in the white heat of technology anymore.

oh, his fx towards the end of "Penda's Fen" in 1973, which at least one other contributor here knows all about, were equally great: they'd *have* to be on the CD.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 31 October 2002 09:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21

haha Robin I bought this on vinyl when it was out ('79?) & I always wondered where the first 20 albums were.....
I actually visited the Maida Vale RW in '79, got shown around by Brian Hodgson, and met Peter Howell (and another bloke like a Patrick Moore boffin, who was talking to Hodgson about a design for their latest sequencer).
BH talked me through the imminent modular system they were getting, after I went on BBC canteen tea break with him and PH. (They quite liked Moroder, I recall, and I remember trying to explain Cabaret Voltaire & TG to them, plus the EDP Wasp synth (took one back to show them after I'd bought it the next day).

I've still got the info/leaflets they sent me about the place in '78/'79, you can mail me if you want a copy of them (probably nothing you don't already have though?)

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Friday, 1 November 2002 02:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fifteen years pass...

"picasso" must have been discussed elsewhere on ilx, no? just heard it now, absolutely wowed! beautiful, floating, earthy, cosmic, totally in tune with my vibe

brimstead, Saturday, 2 December 2017 18:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

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