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

Louis Niebur


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 America. Rather than compete with these other studios, however, the BBC built a studio initially to provide its own avant‐garde dramatic productions with “special sound,” experimental sounds that were “neither music nor sound effect.” Very quickly, however, from the ashes of highbrow BBC radio drama emerged a popular lowbrow kind of electronic music in the form of quirky tonal jingles, signature tunes ... More

Keywords: electronic music, BBC, radio, Britain, television music, science fiction, Radiophonic, modernism, popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368406
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Niebur, author
University of Nevada - Reno