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The Alchemists of Sound

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    A documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, responsible for creating some of the most memorable television and radio music in British popular culture, including "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and Doctor Who (1963).

    The BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop was set up in 1958, born out of a desire to create ‘new kinds of sounds’. The Alchemists of Sound looks at this creative group from its inception, through its golden age when it was supplying music and effects for cult classics like Doctor Who, Blake’s Seven and Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and charts its fading away in 1995 when, due to budget cuts, it was no longer able to survive.

    There are interviews with composers from the Workshop, as well as musicians and writers who have been inspired by the output. Great archive footage of the Workshop and its machinery is accompanied by excerpts of the, now cult, TV programs that featured these sounds.
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 2003
    Total Time: 58 mins
    Styles: Experimental, Jazz, Minimal, Musique Concrète, Soundtrack
    Formats: Television
    Liscense: Copyright
    Dick Mills
    Adrian Utley
    David Cain
    Delia Derbyshire
    Malcolm Clarke
    Peter Kember
    John Baker
    Milton Babbitt
    Huw Wheldon
    Robert Popper
    Peter Serafinowicz
    Wendy Carlos
    Peter Howell
    Paddy Kingsland
    Elizabeth Parker
    Director: Roger Pomphrey
    Producer: Victor Lewis-Smith, Ned Parker, Graham Pass, John Warburton
    Cinematography: Oli Hallowes, James Saligari
    Sound: Richard Ashley, Matthew Johns
    Studio: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
    Distributor: BBC Two UK TV
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