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Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Louis Niebur

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

This book chronicles how in the late 1950s, the BBC established Britain's own electronic music studio, the Radiophonic Workshop, in opposition to famous academic studios in Continental Europe and ... More


Radio Drama and the Birth of Electronic Music

Louis Niebur

in Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

For lowbrow comedy, children's science fiction, and experimental Third Programme broadcasts, the gradual addition of electronic noise in sound effects technicians' arsenal in the 1950s offered new ... More


Ideological Struggles and Pragmatic Realities

Louis Niebur

in Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

Opening with a discussion of the material problems encountered by the Workshop's supporters after its initial proposal, this chapter primarily concerns the aggressive but ultimately futile attempts ... More


The Golden Age of Special Sound

Louis Niebur

in Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

This chapter explores the unique form of British modernism that influenced the shift in the Radiophonic Workshop's output from abstract avant‐garde radio drama to electronic tonal music. Moving ... More


The Coming of the Synthesizers

Louis Niebur

in Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

In 1965 the first synthesizers arrived at the Workshop. Chapter 4 discusses the impact of their arrival, with a detailed discussion both of the features of these early synthesizers and of the ways ... More


The Second Golden Age

Louis Niebur

in Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195368406
eISBN:
9780199863853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

Throughout the 1970s, synthesizers continually dropped in price while improving in design and ease of use; consequently, electronic music was no longer only within the financial range of universities ... More


The Call of the Screen: Niní Marshall and the Radiophonic Stardom of Argentine Cinema

Nilo Couret

in Mock Classicism: Latin American Film Comedy, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520296848
eISBN:
9780520969162
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296848.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The second chapter broadens our understanding of the mediascape during the golden age of Argentine cinema by examining the film and radio stardom of Marina Esther Traverso, “Niní Marshall,” as a case ... More


Horror radio in the 1950s

Richard J. Hand

in Listen in terror: British horror radio from the advent of broadcasting to the digital age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719081484
eISBN:
9781781707265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719081484.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

Looks at various examples of horror and suspense radio as well as experimental plays by Donald McWhinnie, The Goon Show and the inauguration of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


Jean Cocteau's Radio Poetry

RubÉn Gallo

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226657424
eISBN:
9780226657448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226657448.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores one of the most original attempts to compose a sound poetry inspired by radio, a radio-poetic experiment that was neither a poem nor a piece of music but a film: Jean Cocteau's ... More


Introduction

Jeff Porter

in Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469627779
eISBN:
9781469627793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627779.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Despite its importance, the story of radio’s literary impact has long gone untold. This chapter describes the enormous impact radio had on the cultural lives of Americans throughout the 1930s and ... More


The Museum of Jurassic Radio: Sonic Excess in Dylan Thomas and Samuel Beckett

Jeff Porter

in Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469627779
eISBN:
9781469627793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627779.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Whatever their aesthetic differences, Dylan Thomas and Samuel Beckett shared, as Chapter 6 argues, an interest in defying radio’s ontological borders (between being and nonbeing, embodiment and ... More


The Machine Hums: Music, Special Sound, and the Spaces in Between

Louis Niebur

in Music and the Broadcast Experience: Performance, Production, and Audiences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199314706
eISBN:
9780190619541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314706.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1966, BBC2’s anthology series Out of the Unknown broadcast an adaptation of E. M. Forster’s 1909 novella “The Machine Stops,” a story in which humans have abandoned both personal interactions and ... More


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