Society of Sound: December


Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is ending the year in some style with a release from the famed musical collective Radiophonic Workshop, best known for defining the use of sound effects and pioneering sound design across popular TV, film and music over the past 50 years.

Having come to recognition as the founding members of the BBC’s world famous electronic music department (‘BBC Radiophonic Workshop’), the group have been lauded globally for delivering musically progressive and immersive appearances wherever they play.

Society of Sound offered the perfect environment for Radiophonic Workshop to express itself and this recording – made earlier this year at Real World Studios – was created especially for the Society of Sound release.

Dr Dick Mills of Radiophonic Workshop said: “We’ve been experimenting in the studio, mixing the old techniques with new ones, taking some of the methods we used when the Workshop began in 1956 and mixing them up with the very latest digital technologies. The Workshop took the approach that we didn’t know what wasn’t possible so we never really saw the boundaries in sound that others did. The producers would ask us to create a certain feel and we would imagine it – by whatever means we could. That has stayed the same and we welcome the freedom to be able to experiment in the studio in that way again.”

For the first time, the group’s unique form of electronica will be available in high-resolution 24-bit/48kHz studio quality download via Society of Sound – a music subscription download service that offers two hand-picked albums per month, delivered in partnership with Peter Gabriel’s Real World and the London Symphony Orchestra.

The album Radiophonic Workshop is available now on Society of Sound.