BBC Radiophonic Workshop The Fourth Dimension on Limited Edition 180g LP
One aspect of the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop is the composition and realization of signature tunes and incidental music for BBC Radio and Television programs. Program producers came to the Workshop with varying requests - it must be 'bright', 'catchy', 'sinister', 'modest', 'supernatural', 'funny', and so on but, most important, it must be unique in terms of sound qualities.
The composer then sets to work to create the tune using natural sounds, which have been manipulated in some way and cut together on tape, or electronic sources, such as the voltage controlled synthesizer. Several such signature tunes are included on the 1973 record, The Fourth Dimension, composed by Paddy Kingsland, who joined the creative staff of the Workshop in 1970.
Before this, he worked as a tape editor, then studio manager, chiefly for Radio One. He is a firm believer that instrumental sound combined with electronic and treated sound is essential for this type of work. The tracks on this record include compositions for Radio 1, 3, 4, Local Radio and Television programs.