THE RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP: BURIALS IN SEVERAL EARTHS
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