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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen have announced that the 1983 album The Soundhouse, featuring music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, will be re-released on CD on 7th October with a vinyl pressing to follow on 4th November:


This historic 1983 BBC Radiophonic compilation reflects the advances made in computer technology and electronic music.

In 1979 the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was launched, the year that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop celebrated its 21st birthday. At the price of a house (approx £30,000) this state of the art piece of equipment was embedded with an 8 bit digital sampling synthesizer capable of emulating acoustic instruments and orchestras alongside the manipulation of sound effects. For the BBC Radiophonic Workshop this was a major change, as previously composers would spend weeks editing small pieces of tape together to create sounds. Ingenuity and creativity in music and sound was still at the forefront for Workshop members but suddenly made a whole lot easier. This 1983 collection (a first time re-release here of the complete album) celebrated these new found freedoms most notably on the opening track where five Radiophonic composers combined to add their own musical identity to a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight. Highlights include music from the radio production of The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy and Fancy Fish based on Saint-Saen's Carnival Of The Animals which was the first BRW project to utilise the Fairlight.

  1. Radiophonic Rock - Peter Howell / Roger Limb / Jonathan Gibbs / Malcolm Clarke / Elizabeth Parker / Dick Mills
  2. Lascaux - Peter Howell
  3. Computers In The Real World - Jonathan Gibbs
  4. Seascape - Dick Mills
  5. The Whale - Paddy Kingsland
  6. Rallyman - Roger Limb
  7. Catch The Wind - Dick Mills
  8. Believe It Or Not - Malcolm Clarke
  9. Planet Earth - Elizabeth Parker
  10. Dawn - Jonathan Gibbs
  11. Mainstream - Attr. Henry VIII, arr. Peter Howell
  12. The Unseeing Eye - Malcolm Clarke
  13. Fancy Fish - Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Peter Howell / Dick Mills
  14. Brighton Pier - Paddy Kingsland
  15. Armagiddean War Games - Dick Mills
  16. Yellow Moon - Roger Limb
  17. Radio Blackburn - Elizabeth Parker
  18. Macrocosm - Dick Mills
  19. Land And People - Peter Howell
  20. Houdin’s Musical Box - A. Le Charpentier, arr. Jonathan Gibbs
  21. Ghost In The Water - Roger Limb
  22. The Milonga - Malcolm Clarke


To be in with a chance to win a copy of the CD courtesy of Silva Screen, simply answer the following question:
Which of the tracks features prominently during the fifth Doctor adventure Enlightenment?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to with the subject "Not so secret Seven!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 9th October 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.