Arturia captures the Radiophonic Workshop

Synth developer releases film of legendary electronic composers revealing their secrets
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The Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958 to provide sound and electronic music for BBC radio and television drama. A hub of audio ideas and never-before-heard experiments in sound, the original Workshop was broken up in the mid-'90s. But members of the Workshop went on to form a live band a few years ago, continuing to play classic theme tunes, as well as writing and performing new material.

The band now features in a documentary, A Journey Through Time, in which musicians Mark Ayres, Peter Howell, Dick Mills, Roger Limb, and Paddy Kingsland talk about the tricks of the trade before electronic instruments with keyboards existed, the studio at BBC Maida Vale, and the real secret to the making of the now legendary Dr Who theme tune.

Synthesiser company Arturia filmed the documentary around a recent performance by the Radiophonic Workshop at the Jazz Café in Camden, London.



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