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June 04, 2007

Alchemists of Sound

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"Alchemists of Sound", a history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, might be a bit much to watch all at one go at work.* Best have a look at this making of the Doctor Who theme clip in the meantime. This is an early '80s version featuring the gorgeous monster that is the Yamaha CS-80.**

* Parts 2 and 4 feature the brutally hot Delia Derbyshire; no one will blame you if you skip ahead. More from "Blue Veils & Golden Sands" and much else here including two interviews.

Well, I was an excellent studio manager. I was so brilliant at playing LPs of classical music! Some people thought I had some kind of second sight, because there was a programme called Record Review, and they just played tiny extracts from records. And one of the music critics would say, "Look, it's on this side of the LP. I don't know where it is, but it's where the trombones come in." And I'd just hold it up to the light and see the trombones and put the needle down exactly where it was.

** "I watched the C beams glitter" is a Flea riff on Vangelis powered by a brilliant CS-80 emulator.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 4, 2007 07:21 AM

Comments

Always liked that version of the Doctor Who theme best. Plus Peter Davison is the man.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 09:39 AM

Excellent version.. I am still Tom Baker guy but PD was a close second. My friend gave me two cds full of all of the incidental music from teh early 80s doc who eps.. Amazing.. I listen to them when I am driving and working sometimes as it becomed very easily theme music for the TV show that is my life...

Gorthos
President (Retired) Doctoir Who Fan Club
BCIVS
Belleville, Ontario
1981-1984

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 09:44 AM

Damn my fingers...

Gorthos
President (Retired) Doctor Who Fan Club
BCIVS
Belleville, Ontario
1981-1984

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 4, 2007 09:45 AM