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Happy birthday Radiophonic Workshop! Not the first specialist electronic music studio in the world, but one of the most innovative and certainly the most influential. Even if you’ve never heard of it, the sounds the Workshop inserted into the British sonic landscape over the four decades of its life will be familiar to you.

The Workshop got started in its Maida Vale home on this day in 1958, although its various engineers and artists had been working together for some time. Naturally enough, the Third Programme was critical to the early history of the workshop and the one of the earliest programmes to make use of its exotic, synthetic sounds was a fifty-minute ‘radiophonic poem’ by BBC radio drama producer Frederick Bradnum (that’s him in the bottom photo), broadcast in October of the previous year (earlier still was a Third Programme Beckett commission). In the pictures you’ll see Daphne Oram, Donald McWhinnie, Desmond Briscoe, Richard Bird and Frederick Bradnum. Click the pictures for the original, more detailed, captions.

Here’s a useful history of the Workshop and an article about the female composers and engineers of the Workshop.

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"1950 Nash experimental NXI." The Nash Experimental International, basis for the Nash Metropolitan, piloted by Nash-Kelvinator Chairman George Mason with VP George Romney (Mitt’s dad) riding shotgun. View full size.

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"1950 Nash experimental NXI." The Nash Experimental International, basis for the Nash Metropolitan, piloted by Nash-Kelvinator Chairman George Mason with VP George Romney (Mitt’s dad) riding shotgun. View full size.

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Movie Director: Norm McLaren
Means: Camera, one frame at a time
Production: Neighbours (1952)

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Movie Director: Norm McLaren

Means: Camera, one frame at a time

Production: Neighbours (1952)

Mark Irwin Special Collection Photo (by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Mark Irwin worked for Convair as the Chief of the Film and Video Group from 1944 to 1977, during one of the most innovative and productive time periods of the company’s existence. His work covers Convair’s premier programs such as the Seadart, the R3Y Tradewind, the Atlas ballistic missile, the POGO and the Tomahawk cruise missile. In addition to routine filming projects, Irwin conducted a variety of unusual shoots such as cold weather (snow) environments at Squaw Valley and Bemidji MN, and in 1956 embarked on a 2 year assignment at Cape Canaveral, FL at the very beginning of the Atlas program.

Mark Irwin Special Collection Photo (by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Mark Irwin worked for Convair as the Chief of the Film and Video Group from 1944 to 1977, during one of the most innovative and productive time periods of the company’s existence. His work covers Convair’s premier programs such as the Seadart, the R3Y Tradewind, the Atlas ballistic missile, the POGO and the Tomahawk cruise missile. In addition to routine filming projects, Irwin conducted a variety of unusual shoots such as cold weather (snow) environments at Squaw Valley and Bemidji MN, and in 1956 embarked on a 2 year assignment at Cape Canaveral, FL at the very beginning of the Atlas program.

Fleetwood Mac | Tusk, 1979
ArtistFleetwood Mac
TitleTusk
AlbumTusk
mizenscen:

L’Étoile de mer, 1928.  Dir. Man Ray.

mizenscen:

L’Étoile de mer, 1928.  Dir. Man Ray.

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extranuance:

Emak-Bakia (1926)

extranuance:

Emak-Bakia (1926)

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mothgirlwings:

Hans Richter’s The Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

mothgirlwings:

Hans Richter’s The Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

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