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Special SoundThe Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop$
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Louis Niebur

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368406

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.001.0001

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The Second Golden Age

The Second Golden Age

(p.157) 5 The Second Golden Age
Special Sound

Louis Niebur

Oxford University Press

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 and government‐funded institutions such as the BBC. In particular, the success of popular artists such as Pink Floyd (who earlier had actually used the equipment at the Workshop), Vangelis, and Jean‐Michel Jarre forced the composers at the Radiophonic Workshop to adapt their compositional style. Especially with the addition of pop musician Paddy Kingsland, the general tone of the Workshop's output changed: a distinctly commercial pop sound was combined with a tech‐heavy emphasis on electronic production.

Keywords:   Doctor Who, radiophonic, electronic music, television music, BBC, Paddy Kingsland, synthesizers

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