The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, perhaps most famous for birthing the original Doctor Who theme, will be brought back to life online.
Unlike the original Maida Vale-based studio which created sound effects, the new Radiophonic Workshop will be an online concern, where information on music composition and using software will be broadcast.
A post over on the New Radiophonic Workshop’s site says this new “virtual institution” will be:
“visibly manifested as an online portal and forum for discussion around the challenges of creating new sounds in a world saturated in innovative music technology but lacklustre in terms of actual original output. we will primarily bring together two key disciplines: music composition and software design and as such its members will be drawn from the cutting edge of both.”
Aside from creative director Matthew Herbert, no names have been linked to the project, but details of members and commissions will be published “in due course.”
The Workshop will be featured over on The Space, the arts service accessed on internet-connected Freeview HD boxes via Red Button service. So we could get getting lessons on musique concrete, how to scratch-build synthesizers and tips on getting the most out of current music recording software.
Currently, the lifespan of The Space is said to run from now until October this year, with funding granted by the BBC and the Arts Council England. Hopefully with enough interest The Space, and therefore the Radiophonic Workshop will continue throughout 2012 and beyond.