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Show 462: 130 in 1 – more adventures with electronic circuits by Mark Vernon

13 March, 2014 in works

This weeks edition of Radia allows us to eavesdrop as a father and his 10-year-old son bond over a succession of increasingly fiddly electronic experiments – at the behest of the manual they connect wires, transistors, capacitors and diodes to create an array of weird and wonderful crackles, beeps, buzzes and other electronic noises. Harking back to the bygone days of the BBCs Radiophonic Workshop in feel, variations on these sounds form the basis of the musical score that underpins the piece, playfully oscillating between real and imaginary spaces. As improbable as it seems, the outwardly dull schematics and diagrams open the doorway to a world of fun, exploration and the joy of discovery.

Father and Son: Andrew and William Deakin
Voice of the manual: Anne Marie Copestake.

All sounds (except the bubbles) were generated from the Maxitronix 130 in 1 Electronic Lab Kit.

Produced by Mark Vernon for Resonance FM

BBC Radio 4 Extra – Selected Radiophonic Works

19 July, 2012 in classics, works

BBC Radio 4 Extra – Selected Radiophonic Works

Richard Coles tells the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop’s extraordinary story.

In 1958 a unique musical laboratory opened at the BBC. It was called the Radiophonic Workshop and provided music and sound for a wealth of BBC programmes, from The Goons to Dr Who.

With contributions from Coldcut, Dick Mills and Mark Ayres, Richard Coles explores the achievements of the unit and presents a carefully chosen selection of programmes showcasing the department’s work:

The Dreams (05/01/1964)
The Goons (02/02/1959)
Inferno Revisited (17/04/1983)
Relativity (1974)
Electric Tunesmiths (30/12/1971)
Bath Time (1976).

El lado femenino del sonido…

16 June, 2011 in articles, programs

El lado femenino del sonido, así es como tituló Sol Rezza a este preciado artículo publicado en la revista Sonograma sobre la historia de las mujeres que trabajaron en el Radiophonic Workshop de la BBC. Sol Rezza muestra un gran interés por rastrear las huellas y las historias de la mujeres que han utilizado la radio de una forma creativa e innovadora para su época y que a su vez, se han relacionado con el medio desde un punto de vista artístico.

Delia Derbyshire en la BBC

Sobre √©sta y otras historias sobre la mujer y su relaci√≥n con la creaci√≥n sonora, Anna Raimondo dedic√≥ especialmente una edici√≥n de su programa “Jusqu’ici tout va bien” (Radio Grenouille, Radio Panik), en la cual tuve ocasi√≥n de colaborar.

Descargar el art√≠culo El lado femenino del sonido” de Sol Rezza (pdf).

El programa de Anna Raimondo se puede escuchar en el reproductor y descargar aquí (en francés):
Descargar fichero de audio (20110206_jusqu_ici_tout_va_bien_micromachisme2.mp3)

//Laura Romero

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