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Thursday 03 January 2019

The Radiophonic Workshop To Compose New & Original Piece For Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival

Electronic pioneers The Radiophonic Workshop will head to Hastings this March to premiere a specially created work as part of the 10th Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival.

The sonic innovators responsible for the Doctor Who theme, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Quatermass, Living Planet and many other classic BBC TV and radio music, will be performing live at Hastings Fat Tuesday as part of  Sonics - a two-day celebration of experimental electronic music and visuals (2-3 March 2019). 

Their immersive audio-visual performance will be inspired by life in Hastings, and the Radiophonic Workshop now invite Hastings locals to submit their sounds. 

A new piece will be created based on these 'found sounds'

Voices, instruments, noises, talking, singing, barking, cars, lawn mowers - simply record sounds on your phone or device and upload them now at https://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/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, who set about exploring new ways of using technology to create sounds.

They created the soundtracks to some of BBC television and radio's most iconic programmes and their influence on popular music has been profound, from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Prince and Pink Floyd through to contemporary electronic artists and DJs such as Aphex Twin, Four Tet and The Orb.


New generations of musicians continue to discover their extraordinary back catalogue.

Now, nearly two decades after the Workshop was decommissioned by John Birt, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and long-time associate composer Mark Ayres are working together once more. 

Dick Mills, founder member of the Workshop, helped realise the original Doctor Who Theme in 1963, said: 

"As the senior player in this Radiophonic Band I've travelled through time and space with that well-known Doctor many times. 

"But this is a real journey into the unknown for all of us. 

"For most of our careers we have remained unseen, a supporting part of someone else's TV or radio programs. 

"Taking the music out of the Workshop means simply being ourselves as performers, sound designers and musicians and, of course, there's the huge adrenalin rush of it being live! 

"It's going to be a thrill to meet audiences wherever they are and whatever dimension they are from!" 

With their back catalogue being reissued, acclaimed new works such as Burials in Several Earths and 2018's Possum soundtrack, and a new live show, the rebirth of the Radiophonic Workshop continues.

Sonics is curated by James Weaver, a founder member of Warrior Squares, a Hastings based collective who make music in free improvisation form.  

It was devised in 2015 by artist and musician Danny Pockets, who sadly lost his long battle with cancer in 2018.  

The aim was to bring the rich, underground seam of experimental music and art within Hastings and St. Leonards on Sea out into the open. 

In subsequent years the event has consistently delivered diverse, vibrant and fun days of visual and sonic adventure.

The Radiophonic Workshop will be held at Black Market VIP, George Street, Hastings, on Sunday 3 March 2019, 7.30 pm. Support will come from Vile Electrodes.  Tickets are on sale now, Costing £27.50 (£30 with fee)  and can be purchased via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sonics-19-radiophonic-workshop-special-guests-tickets-53254407366

The full Hastings Fat Tuesday 2019 programme will be announced soon. For all the latest news and updates visit hastingsfattuesday.co.uk.

by: Mike Cobley




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