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Daphne Oram recording precise frequencies from oscillators at calculated volumes which will later be incorporated in Radiophonic effects, 1958.Daphne Oram blowing a Mijwiz, an Arabic reed pipe, while Richard Bird records the sound on a tape machine, 1958.This scene shows an actor in the studio, Daphne Oram mixing at the control panel. Desmond Briscoe guides a loop of tape through a machine, and Richard Bird prepares to record the next sequence, 1958This suite, comprising a studio and 'Workshop', specialises in the construction of new sounds which are derived from natural sounds (everyday noises), and from other such sources, 1958.Frederick Bradnum, BBC Drama Producer, 1949.


Happy birthday Radiophonic Workshop! One of the world’s first specialist electronic music studios. A place of great creativity and much real technical innovation. The workshop got started in its Maida Vale home on this day in 1958, although its various engineers and artists had been working together for some time. Naturally enough, the Third Programme was critical to the early history of the workshop and the one of the earliest programmes to make use of its exotic, synthetic sounds was a fifty-minute ‘radiophonic poem’ by BBC radio drama producer Frederick Bradnum (that’s him in the bottom photo), broadcast in October of the previous year (earlier still was a Third Programme Beckett commission). In the pictures you’ll see Daphne Oram, Donald McWhinnie, Desmond Briscoe, Richard Bird and Frederick Bradnum. Click the pictures for the original, more detailed, captions.

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Loomis Dean - Unidentified Americans listening to music at a record store, Casablanca, Morocco, 1957.


Justin BennettSound Collector, article from Music, Space and Architecture, catalogue of the exhibition at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, published by Architectura & Natura, 2011

Field recordist Justin Bennett collects recordings on DAT tapes.