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Could be interesting eh?
There was so much ground breaking work done back in the day in the Radiophonic workshop, always found Delia Derbyshire's work really interesting. If you haven't seen it the documentary on her is on youtube and well worth a watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA6Fb0nuAYw
She was such a pioneer. Totally, mentally ahead of the game.
I'm basically hoping this means that the 50 year celebration of Doctor Who will have a weirder, eerie theme again much akin to the original version.
Bust out the theremin and tape loops
quite recently where gritty edgy BBC dramas seemed to be sharing the same soundtracks and effects cd's (that fucking faded in metallic guitar scratch seemed to be on anything with a dead body, Last of the Summer Wine included) so I think setting up the workshop again is a great move, as long as they can be optioned by independent production companies that the BBC buys content for. Else it will die on its arse and those who sell tv shows to the BBC will continue to use the same stock effects cd's and their go-to elbow and XX cd's.
But the actual thing is, a dedicated, licence fee paid for, workshop to research new audio technology and use it for making fucked up sounds? I am so down with that :D
hope he brings in lots of girls, though. just in keeping with DD's legacy* (there needs to be yet more women in this kind of field; there's still a terrible discrepancy between genders).
*as in her being pioneering as a woman in a man's world as well as in pure musical invention.