Burials In Several Earths is a brand new work by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop , the soundtrack architects behind classic British TV music such as Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. An evocative suite of synth improvisations, Burials In Several Earths evokes the haunting qualities of their classic work whilst exploring fresh new vistas of sound. This is the first new music by the Workshop to see a commercial release since 1985, and is set for release on 19 May 2017 on the Workshop’s own imprint, Room 13 .
Features guest appearances from Martyn Ware (Heaven 17) and Steve ‘Dub’ Jones (Grammy-award winning mixing engineer for The Chemical Brothers, UNKLE, and New Order). Available as a deluxe 4 x 10” boxset or 2CD edition.
The Radiophonic Workshop play the Convergence Festival on 22 March alongside Andrew Weatherall and fellow influential proto-electronic act White Noise : http://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/radiophonic-workshop-andrew-weatherall-22-03-17
The Radiophonic Workshop on Burials In Several Earths:
The improvisation was done blind – with no preconceptions nor any real start point. We wanted to see what happened if we allowed people to react together with their machines in a very unplanned and spontaneous way. The computers and sequencers were switched off and it led to a very human interaction between all of us. It is important that we maintained this feeling of spontaneity on the final discs – so minimal editing has taken place. What you hear is what happened in the moment. It was liberating to work in such a formless, freeing and immediate way. As we listened back it became obvious that some sections had evolved naturally as “dark” themes, others “watery”, another felt like a journey and so on. We started looking for titles that might reflect these improvised movements and moods. The titles for each piece here are taken from Francis Bacon’s incomplete New Atlantis novel/poem. Bacon portrays a future vision of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations for humankind, a utopian vision of a perfect and highly functioning technological future. The book depicts a land where “generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit” are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants. Strangely relevant in our post-digital age many of the predictions are startling in the way they map against current ideologies and technologies. You can read more about the novel here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Atlantis
We are delighted and excited to announce ‘The Tour Of Synthetic Delights 2’ with our lovely friends Blancmange.
We have double headliner shows in Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Manchester, Coventry and Norwich in November, followed by a (Heaven 17 only) London date at ULU on December 2.
All the dates and ticket links can be found here: http://www.heaven17.com/live/
Looking forward to seeing you all! H17 x
Martyn Ware (we know him as founder of Human League, Heaven 17, legendary producer of Tina Turner and Erasure, multimedia artist and professor) has teamed up with Eclectic Method to remix Dr. Strangelove.With relations between East and West at such an ambiguous point and the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight then it’s been since the Cuban Missile Crisis what better time to revisit the Stanley Kubrick Classic. “Gentlemen, You can’t fight in here this is war room!”
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for February is an exclusive preview of new music from your favourite electronic-pop pioneers. Heaven 17.
Not For Public Broadcast is a ‘work-in-progress’ version of the new Heaven 17 album that exposes the process of how Martyn and Glenn are making the record.
“We wanted to show partially-finished versions and to be honest about how things are created. It’s still skeletal in a lot of ways, it’s still open to change and it’s not mastered.”
This Society of Sound release is the only way to get these new songs in a digital form.
“Simplicity was important,” they say. “We had a few ground rules when we started this…keeping things to maybe four or five instruments, making it really simple and without over-filling it.”
“We wanted to use the original synth we’d used on ‘Being Boiled’ – the Roland System 100. It’s warm, heart-warming – there’s soul in there! This was the starting pallet with the addition of some modern machines such as the OP-1 (from Teenage Engineering). Between that, which is very modern and that which is really old – that’s what the new Heaven 17 is all about. We’re not being old-fashioned for the sake of it.
“We came up with the idea of only selling things on vinyl and through our Heaven 17 website, with no digital release. We decided to start with a series of double A side 12 inches.
We’d released two singles and then started talking to Bowers & Wilkins about doing a ’work-in-progress’ version of the new album, to expose the process of how we are making this record. We wanted to show partially-finished versions and to be honest about how things are created. It’s still skeletal in a lot of ways, it’s still open to change and it’s not mastered.”
The working title is ‘Not For Public Broadcast’ and this is the only digital release of this music.
See them live in 2017 : http://www.heaven17.com/live/
Hello – and thank you for coming to see our shows during what was an unexpectedly busy year for us. We have had a lot of fun and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all at merch stalls, in carparks and outside stage doors in towns and cities across the land.
Dates are coming in for 2017 already – a few festivals have been confirmed: Chillfest Northumberland on 30 June; Chillfest Tring on 8 July; Let’s Rock London 15 July; Flashback on 19 August . And we headline Brighton Concorde on 10 June.
BEF are confirmed for REWIND 2017 – 23 July Scotland; 6 August Cheshire; 20 August Henley.
We still have a few copies of our latest EP “Captured/Unseen” on limited edition 12″ Vinyl available for £10 from our webstore – so grab one while you still can (Christmas deadline is 1pm on Thursday 22nd for next day delivery) – what better way to share the love and show your loved ones how much you care? http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/heaven17/proddetail.php?prod=H17_0008&cat=1543
Signing off for now – Thank you all for your support – without you, we are nothing. With love, Heaven 17 xx