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26 NOVEMBER 2012

The Minister of Chance: a crowdfunded audio science fiction series

"The Minister of Chance is an audio Science Fiction Fantasy series in the tradition of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the best in radiophonics. It's free, and you get it by subscribing to the podcast.

The series is entirely funded by its listeners. We have very small budgets, and absolutely no money for publicity – which is why you haven't heard about it til now. You can help by telling everyone you know on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, any Sci–Fi or fantasy sites, reviewers you know, your mum...."

(Clare Eden, MoC Executive Producer)

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2012 • Athene Hyde • audience-distributionaudio drama • auditory science fiction • Bruce Collingwood • Chris Mock • Clare Eden • commissioning process • crowdfundingcrowdsourcing • Dan Freeman • Dan Hunt • Doctor Whodrama series • Eloise Whitmore • fantasy • fantasy series • free cultureJed Brophy • Jenny Agutter • Julian Wadham • Karl Philips • Kate Cornish • Keelan Gumbley • Lauren Crace • low budget • Margrethe Nandrup-Pettersen • Mark Lewis • MoC • open distribution • Paul Darrow • Paul McGann • podcastradioradio drama • radio series • radio show • radiophonic series • sci-fiscience fiction • science fiction fantasy series • Simon Dixon • Sylvester McCoy • The Minister of Chance • Thomas Moulton • Violet Lavinia Brown

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Simon Perkins
22 SEPTEMBER 2011

Lost tapes of the Dr Who composer

"Delia Derbyshire was working in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in 1963 when she was given the score for a theme tune to a new science fiction series.

She turned those dots on a page into the swirling, shimmering Doctor Who title music – although it is the score's author, Ron Grainer, who is credited as the composer.

Now David Butler, of Manchester University's School of Arts, Histories and Cultures has revealed for the first time the existence of 267 tapes found in Ms Derbyshire's attic when she died in 2001.

They were, until last March, in the safekeeping of Mark Ayres, archivist for the Radiophonic Workshop – and have lain unheard for more than 30 years."

(Nigel Wrench, 18 July 2008, BBC NEWS)

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1963 • archivist • authorshipBBCBBC Radiophonic Workshopcomposercultural heritageDelia DerbyshireDoctor Who • Manchester University • Mark Ayres • music compositionpioneerpioneering womenRadiophonic Workshop • Ron Grainer • science fictionscore • shimmering • soundtrackswirling • tapes • televisiontheme tunetitle musicUKwomen in historywomen in music

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Simon Perkins
30 JULY 2009

BBC: Doctor Who trailer and comic strip creation toys

[Fans of the popular BBC television series can create their own trailers and comic strip using tools provided on the BBC website.]

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authorshipBBCcomiccomic strip • comicmaker • culturedigital cultureDoctor Whomass mediaparticipationpop-culturepopular cultureremixremix culturetoytrailer • trailermaker • UK

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Simon Perkins
06 NOVEMBER 2008

The 50th anniversary of the Radiophonic Workshop

"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Radiophonic Workshop, the BBC's experimental unit for electronic sound. It also marks the 10th anniversary of the workshop's death after a long period of decline. But almost as soon it was gone, it began to assume cult status. A Radiophonic ghost began to haunt the peripheries of pop culture, audible initially as an influence on 'retrofuturist' groups such as Boards of Canada, Broadcast and Add N to (X). In the past five years, there has been a steady flow of Radiophonic–related reissues from labels such as Mute, Rephlex, Glo–Spot and Trunk; a BBC4 documentary, Alchemists of Sound; and a South Bank symposium organised by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley. There have been two plays about the workshop's Delia Derbyshire, and when Doctor Who was relaunched in 2005, unfavourable comparisons were made between the Radiophonic team's original electronic music and the orchestrated flatus of Murray Gold's updated version. This summer, the Southbank Centre held a symposium on Daphne Oram, the workshop's co–founder, and there was news about the discovery of a huge cache of unreleased material by Derbyshire, the workshop's most brilliant composer. In November, Mute is set to issue a double CD compilation, 50th Anniversary Retrospective, including nuggets never before released."

(Simon Reynolds, 20 September 2008)

The Alchemists of Sound (TV 2003) [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963155/].

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195850th anniversary • Add N to (X) • audio engineering • avant-gardeavant-garde musicBBCBBC FourBBC Radiophonic Workshop • Boards of Canada • Bob Stanley • composerDaphne OramDelia Derbyshiredigital mediadigital pioneersDoctor Whoelectronic musicelectronic soundexperimental musicexperimental sound • Glo-Spot (publisher) • Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy • Murray Gold • musique concrete • Mute (publisher) • patch panelRadiophonic Workshopreel-to-reel • Rephlex (publisher) • retrofuturism • Saint Etienne (band) • Southbank Centretelevision documentary • The Alchemists of Sound (2003) • Trunk (publisher)

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Simon Perkins
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