BBC Radiophonic Workshop Items

Made:
1963-1993
maker:
Unknown
Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Plastic Swannee Whistle.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Plastic Swannee Whistle.  Front 3/4 detail view of 
      object against graduated grey background Plastic Ocarina.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Plastic Ocarina.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against white background Tambourine.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Tambourine.  Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background Beater.  Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background Beater.  Overhead detail view of object against graduated grey background Hand bell.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Hand bell.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background "Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey "Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967.  Front 3/4 detail  view of object against black Tape splicing black with tape and razor blade.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967.  
      Front 3/4 view of whole Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967.  
      Front 3/4 view of whole Tape guide with stand, labelled "do not fiddle with". Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background Tape guide with stand, labelled "do not fiddle with". Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background. Beater.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Beater.  3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background. Tambourine.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Tambourine.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Tambourine.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Tambourine.  Front 3/4 detail view ofobject against graduated grey background. "Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey "Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey "Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967.  Front 3/4 detail view of object against black Hand bell.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Tape guide.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Tape guide.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Plastic Swannee Whistle.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background. Plastic Swannee Whistle.  Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background. Plastic Ocarina.  Front view of whole object against graduated grey background. Plastic Ocarina.  Rear 3/4 detail view of object against white background. Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967.  
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Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Swannee Whistle. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Swannee Whistle. Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Ocarina. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Ocarina. Front 3/4 view of whole object against white background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beater. Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beater. Overhead detail view of object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand bell. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand bell. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967. Front 3/4 detail view of object against black
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tape splicing black with tape and razor blade. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tape guide with stand, labelled "do not fiddle with". Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tape guide with stand, labelled "do not fiddle with". Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beater. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Beater. 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tambourine. Front 3/4 detail view ofobject against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

"Crystal Palace" capacitive fader designed by Dave Young, 1967. Front 3/4 detail view of object against black
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand bell. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tape guide. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tape guide. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Mijwiz, twin reed musical instrument. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Swannee Whistle. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Swannee Whistle. Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Ocarina. Front view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Plastic Ocarina. Rear 3/4 detail view of object against white background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Lampshade used as a sound source by Delia Derbyshire for "Blue Veils and golden sands, 1967. Front 3/4 view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Items from the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, 1963-1993. Three boxes containing various musical instruments, drumsticks, bells, gongs, recorders, etc. Plus tape splicing items & contact microphone used in the Radiophonic Workshop. There is a Fortiphone device and mouthpiece in its original box, but the model number is not clear. This is a fascinating instrument which, using a false upper palate, fitted with a transistor buzzer, takes over the duties of the human larynx. Sound produced by the buzzer or artificial voice is modulated by the movement of the lips and mouth, producing clearly intelligible words. It was originally designed by a dental surgeon.

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was one of the sound effects units of the BBC, created in 1958 to produce incidental sounds and new music for radio and, later, television. The unit is known for its experimental and pioneering work in electronic music and music technology, as well as its popular scores for programs such as Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit during the 1950s and 1960s.

The original Radiophonic Workshop was based in the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, Maida Vale, London. The Workshop was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. Its members included Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, David Cain, John Baker, Paddy Kingsland, Glynis Jones, Maddalena Fagandini and Richard Yeoman-Clark.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
2012-5118/242
Materials:
electrical component, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), textile and wood (unidentified)
type:
radiophonic equipment
credit:
The BBC Collection