BBC Radiophonic WorkshopThe Soundhouse: Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Label:BBC Records – REC 467
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Abstract, Theme, Experimental


A1Howell*, Limb*, Gibbs*, Clarke*, Parker* & Mills*Radiophonic Rock
A2Peter HowellLascaux
FluteSebastian Bell
A3Jonathan GibbsComputers In The Real World
A4Dick MillsSeascape
A5Paddy KingslandThe Whale
A6Roger LimbRallyman
DrumsPeter York*
A7Dick MillsCatch The Wind
A8Malcolm ClarkeBelieve It Or Not
TromboneEddie Lorkin
A9Elizabeth ParkerPlanet Earth
A10Jonathan GibbsDawn
B1Peter HowellMainstream
Arranged ByPeter Howell
B2Malcolm ClarkeThe Unseeing Eye
B3Peter Howell & Dick MillsFancy Fish
Arranged ByMills*, Howell*
Composed BySaint-Saëns*
B4Paddy KingslandBrighton Pier
B5Dick MillsArmagiddean War Games
B6Roger LimbYellow Moon
B7Elizabeth ParkerRadio Blackburn
B8Dick MillsMacrocosm
B9Peter HowellLand And People
B10Jonathan GibbsHoudin's Musical Box
Arranged ByJ. Gibbs*
Written-ByA. Le Carpentier*
B11Roger LimbGhost In The Water
CelloHilary Jones
B12Malcolm ClarkeThe Milonga



Recordings produced by The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

From sleeve notes, Roger Limb April 1983:

"From time to time, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and BBC Records have issued L.P. compilations presenting a cross-section of output of the Workshop. The last retrospective album was released in 1979 on the occasion of the Workshop's 21st anniversary. Here nowise a new collection of tracks illustrating some of the work that has been completed at the Workshop in the 4 years since then. The most significant advances in technique since 1979 have been in the field of computer technology and at the Workshop we are now using the Fairlight Computer Synthesizer examples of which can be heard on this record. There a couple of other new departures here too. We have, of course, for many years incorporated into our work, when appropriate, musicians playing conventional instruments. There are 4 examples of blending of electronic and conventional music in this collection. We have also have a rather unique Radiophonic event. Each composer has taken a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight, and written about half a minute of their own music around it. This musical 'autograph album' is the track 'Radiophonic Rock' [Track 1].

Despite technological process, the Radiophonic Workshop is still what it was when it first came into existence 25 years ago, a creative service department supplying special sound and music to BBC programme makers. In 25 years from now, who knows what sounds will be heard coming from behind the doors of our corridor in BBC's Maida Vale studios? One thing is certain, the new technology makes the road ahead an interesting one."

Matrix / Runout (Etchings side 1): REC-467-A2 DAMONT MT
Matrix / Runout (Etchings side 2): REC-467-B1 DAMONT MT

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Sound House Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Cassette, )BBC CassettesZCM 467UK1983
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The Soundhouse • Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (CD, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered)Silva ScreenSILCD1511UK2016
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The Soundhouse: Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (LP, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered, Yellow Edge Glow)Silva ScreenSILLP1511UK2016
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The Soundhouse: Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (LP, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered, Test Pressing)Silva ScreenSILLP1511UK2016


  • rtype909's avatar
    Edited 9 years ago
    80s digital sampler era, great use of space. Theres meant to be a lot of the Fairlight Computer Synthesizer here, a synth beloved of the later and final members of the BBC Radiophonic workshop. I can hear PPG in Elizabeth Parkers tracks. Dick Mills - Macrocosm, to my ears features the Yamaha DX7 or at least FM synth.
    • moogacid's avatar
      Interesting collection.
      Great vocoder on 'Mainstream'



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