Founded in 1958, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop set about exploring new ways of using – and abusing – technology to create new sounds and new stories in music and drama including groundbreaking work on material such as Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Quatermass And The Pit and, of course, Doctor Who.
Their signature British electronica remains as influential today as it was when it was created. Astonishingly considering their 50 year career scoring for radio and television, this is the first time The Radiophonic Workshop have ever scored a feature film for theatrical release or collaborated on a major score together – and they’ve risen to the challenge admirably. Housed in a beautiful 6-panel sleeve designed by Julian House, the soundtrack includes all the cues from the feature film as well as 9 bonus tracks. The soundtrack features sound elements and drones from the Delia Derbyshire archives, the pioneering producer of the original Doctor Who signature tune. These sound elements, discovered in boxes of tapes in the late composer’s attic, have been restored and used in the foundations of the sound track and sound design.
The Possum Soundtrack is released on CD and Download on Room 13 records Friday 26 October. A vinyl edition will be released in 2019. Buy from: radiophonicworkshop.bandcamp.com