Radiophonic Workshop composer speaking in Ipswich

Composer Paddy Kingsland

Composer Paddy Kingsland - Credit: Archant

Composer Paddy Kingsland, whose early work was for the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, in the first days of synthesisers, including incidental music for Dr Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is coming to Ipswich.

He’s the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Suffolk Mac User Group at St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich, 7pm, September 30.

After leaving the BBC he wrote music for conventional instruments combined with electronics for many TV documentaries including Pole to Pole, The Power And The Glory, The Road To War and Around The World In 80 Days - for which he received a BAFTA nomination.

He has also written eight albums of music for the KPM Music Library and provided music for children’s series like Words and Pictures, Blips and The Number Crew.

His latest album Retro Electro again features electronics and he’ss currently doing live gigs with The Radiophonic Workshop with colleagues from the old days.

Paddy’s talk will illustrate the history of sound recording, from the earliest methods of the 1920s to the modern day Apple laptop. This will not be the style of meeting members are used to. Apple plays an important role in the story, but isn’t the whole story.

It will explain why and how the Mac became such a significant instrument in the audio development timeline but he will also show how electronic music has developed - from the earliest examples of the 1920s through to the experimental laboratories at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, illustrating how iconic sounds like the Tardis, the Daleks and the Dr Who theme were developed.

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He’ll also demonstrate how all of this technology is used in studios today with a peek at Protools, music production, dubbing techniques and more.

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