ORGAN THING: Enjoy some previously unreleased music by Delia Derbyshire ahead of the Radiophonic Workshop show at The British Library…



We have here some previously unreleased music by Delia Derbyshire, ahead of Radiophonic Workshop show at The British Library

Ahead of events at The British Library on October 13th, The Radiophonic Workshop have unveiled previously unreleased music by “former colleague, original member and omnipotent queen of electronica Delia Derbyshire”.

Named Future Ghosts by the current Radiophonic Workshop, the track is made up of various elements from Delia’s lost (and subsequently found) tape archive – over 300 reels discovered in her attic after she died –  worked together into a new track. The pieces of original audio are from tapes that Delia made beyond the BBC for later film and theatre projects – the exact details of which remain lost in the mists of time. here comes the track…


And the details of the event…

“The Radiophonic Workshop announce two events at The British Library featuring Tom Middleton, Martyn Ware and Obsrvtry visuals – Following widespread critical acclaim for their recently-released new album Burials In Several Earths, legendary electronic pioneers The Radiophonic Workshop have announced two events to take place in stunning and inspirational setting The British Library, on 13 October.  The two events run back-to-back, with ticket buyers having the option of attending one or both

Late at the Library: The Radiophonic Workshop live and guests: Friday 13 October  (19.30 – 23.00 in the Entrance Hall)  The Radiophonic Workshop will perform classics and music from Burials in Several Earths, with special guest Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, Human League). The audio installation is provided by Bowers & Wilkins and custom made visuals will be performed by Obsrvtry a collaboration between The Radiophonic Workshop, Michael Faulkner – founder of D-Fuse and Ben Sheppee – creator of Lightrhythm Visuals.  Guest DJ is Tom Middleton – a fellow sonic explorer loved for aliases including Link, Reload, Jedi Knights and Global Communication.  Tickets and info

Soundhouses: The Radiophonic Workshop at 60 – Friday 13 Octobe )18.30 – 19.45 in the Knowledge Centre)  The inside story of the pioneering production house, members of The Radiophonic Workshop talk about their extraordinary history and working methods, joined by guests including Martyn Ware with more TBA. A special guest interviewer will also be announced soon.  Ticket price includes entrance to the Late at the Library Tickets and info

 Both events form part of the British Library’s Season of Sound. For more information click here.  


About The Radiophonic Workshop: “Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop set about exploring new ways of using – and abusing – technology to create new sounds.

Drawing on the principles of musique concréte, found sounds, early electronics, oscillators, handmade synths and tape loops the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtrack to some of BBC television and radio’s most iconic programs: The Body in Question, Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Chronicle and the iconic Doctor Who Theme – still the high water mark for British electronic music nearly 50 years after it was recorded.

The influence of the Radiophonic Workshop on popular music has been profound. From The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Pink Floyd through to some of the most innovative contemporary electronic artists and DJs such as Aphex Twin, Four Tet and The Orb (who have all ensured the RWS albums are amongst the world’s most sampled recorded works) – the Workshop’s legacy continues to grow as new generations of musicians discover their catalogue of extraordinary recordings.

Now, nearly two decades after the Workshop was decommissioned, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and long-time associate composer Mark Ayres are back working together. Variously described by the music press as the “electronic Buena Vista Social Club” (The Observer) and “The British Kraftwerk” (NME), the Radiophonic Workshop are currently enjoying a well deserved renaissance. Their pioneering work regarded as a key influence not only on the history and development of rock, pop, electronica and dance music but on a whole new generation of DJs, electronic artists, sound designers and film composers. Whether it’s the soundtrack to Stranger Things or the score and sound design for Gravity, the influence of these pioneers of sound remains very much alive.

With their impressive back catalogue being comprehensively reissued on vinyl and CD, the release of new work – and a new live show featuring state-of-the-art projection mapping and archive footage from film and TV spanning their extraordinary 55-year career, the rebirth of this pioneering group of British musicians continues into the post-digital age”.


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