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SILLP1598 Inventions for Radio

Inventions for Radio
Inventions for Radio
Barry Bermange, Delia Derbyshire,
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Inventions for Radio
Inventions for Radio
Barry Bermange, Delia Derbyshire,
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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The first ever official release:

Original broadcasts by Barry Bermange, Delia Derbyshire, and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Box set containing 6 LPs and a 20 page booklet

The BBC’s Third Programme aired four radio broadcasts between January 1964 and September 1965, collectively known as Inventions for Radio. They were ground-breaking in both form and content, conceived by playwright Barry Bermange and consisting of the voices of the general public answering questions on four themes, one for each programme: dreams, the existence of God, life after death and ageing. At a time when it was unheard of to give a media platform to anyone perceived as being of low socio-economic status, the broadcasts generated many complaints for the “rough” voices of its participants.

Delia Derbyshire was assigned by the Radiophonic Workshop to edit and add electronic music/ effects. The collaborative result is dreamlike and mesmerizing, an audial window to another era. For many years Derbyshire was not credited for her contribution, nor were the broadcasts available commercially, although they still managed to acquire something of a cult following.

This boxset includes one LP for each broadcast and two further LPs of additional material. There is a 20-page booklet with extensive notes by Mark Ayres (Producer) and David Butler, (one of the lead researchers and curators of the Delia Derbyshire Archive and co-founder of Delia Derbyshire Day). The insight into Derbyshire’s archive, her music and its influences and her collaboration with Bermange is fascinating, providing context for these extraordinary pieces which have been the most elusive of Twentieth Century classics until now.

Tracklist

LP 1 – The Dreams

Side One
1. Opening Announcement (1:36)
2. Running Away (6:37)
3. Falling (8:03)
4. Landscape (6:30)

Side Two
1. Underwater (8:56)
2. Colour (8:42)
3. Closing Announcement (0:14)



LP 2 – Amor Dei

Side One
1. Opening Announcement (0:43)
2. Amor Dei – Movement 1 (8:02)
3. Amor Dei – Movement 2 (9:08)
4. Amor Dei – Movement 3a (5:46)

Side Two
1. Amor Dei – Movement 3b (9:01)
2. Amor Dei – Movement 4 (14:30)
3. Closing Announcement (0:11)



LP 3 – The After-Life

Side One
1. Opening Announcement (0:56)
2. The After-Life – Movement 1 (7:58)
3. The After-Life – Movement 2 (11:36)

Side Two
1. The After-Life – Movement 3 (10:49)
2. The After-Life – Movement 4 (10:42)
3. Closing Announcement (0:14)



LP 4 – The Evenings of Certain Lives

Side One
1. Opening Announcement (1:20)
2. Moving (8:49)
3. Seeing (8:31)
4. Hearing [start] (3:44)

Side Two
1. Hearing [conclusion] (3:35)
2. Time (10:14)
3. Then and Now (8:03)
4. Closing Announcement (0:17)



LP 5 – Related and Bonus Material (Disk 1)

Side One
1. The Dreams – Opening Music (1:02)
2. The Dreams (from “The Cloud”) (6:38)
3. “Falling” (Music Track) (3:54)
4. “Underwater” (Music Track) (2:45)
5. Amor Dei Background 1 (3:40)

Side Two
1. Amor Dei Background 2 (5:08)
2. Amor Dei Background 2 (High) (3:03)
3. Amor Dei Background 3 (2:34)
4. Amor Dei Background 4 (Rorate caeli desuper) (2:03)
5. “Atheism” music (from “Poets in Prison”) (5:08)



LP 6 – Related and Bonus Material (Disk 2)

Side One
1. Amor Dei Background 1 (repurposed for “Tutankhamun’s Egypt”) (6:29)
2. Christmas Music – Plainsong Antiphons (unacc.) – Rorate caeli desuper (2:27)
3. A Doorway into a New Life (0:46)
4. The Cord That Binds (4:01)
5. Heavenly Backgrounds 1 (2:45)
6. Heavenly Backgrounds 2 (3:27)
7. Heavenly Backgrounds 3 (3:07)

Side Two
1. Heavenly Backgrounds 4 (1:20)
2. Heavenly Backgrounds 5 (2:17)
3. Heavenly Backgrounds 6 (1:42)
4. Heavenly Backgrounds 7 (3:19)
5. Heavenly Backgrounds 8 (2:34)
6. The Delian Mode (original full length version) (8:05)
7. The Dreams, 1977 repeat closing announcement (0:25)

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