Evolution of Electronic Music

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1958 – 1998)

The workshop was set up in 1958 based in Room 13 at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, by a group of BBC producers and music enthusiasts, including Daphne Oram (see below). 

What the Future Sounded Like (2006)

Software Application to recreate the sounds

Daphne Oram (31 December 1925 — 5 January 2003)

Daphne Oram left the Radiophonic Workshop in 1959 (after a year), to set up her own Oramics Studios for Electronic Composition. There she created the ‘Oramics’ process, where sound could be generated from a drawing of a sound wave on a filmstrip. See the documentary below for more about this process, and the Oramics machine which is now in the Science Museum in London. 

Delia Derbyshire (5 May 1937 – 3 July 2001)

Delia Derbyshire joined the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1962, and is best known for her groundbreaking work with tape manipulation and musique concrete