Burials In Several Earths

by The Radiophonic Workshop

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    Paying homage to what has come before, the vinyl edition of Burials In Several Earths is spread across four 10"s to mirror the 2003 Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop LP released by Aphex Twin's Rephlex recordings. Inside the sturdy outer box you will find each 10" vinyl housed in a printed individually-designed sleeve, plus fold-out poster insert.

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    Double CD edition of 'Burials in Several Earths', gatefold lancing pack with the album encased in fittingly spellbinding artwork by Folklore Tapes head researcher David Chatton Barker. Includes fold-out poster insert.

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Burials In Several Earths is a brand new work by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop, the soundtrack architects behind classic British TV music such as Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. An evocative suite of synth improvisations, Burials In Several Earths evokes the haunting qualities of their classic work whilst exploring fresh new vistas of sound. This is the first new music by the Workshop to see a commercial release since 1985.

The Radiophonic Workshop on Burials In Several Earths:

The improvisation was done blind - with no preconceptions nor any real start point. We wanted to see what happened if we allowed people to react together with their machines in a very unplanned and spontaneous way. The computers and sequencers were switched off and it led to a very human interaction between all of us. It is important that we maintained this feeling of spontaneity on the final discs - so minimal editing has taken place. What you hear is what happened in the moment. It was liberating to work in such a formless, freeing and immediate way. As we listened back it became obvious that some sections had evolved naturally as “dark” themes, others “watery”, another felt like a journey and so on. We started looking for titles that might reflect these improvised movements and moods. The titles for each piece here are taken from Francis Bacon’s incomplete New Atlantis novel/poem. Bacon portrays a future vision of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations for humankind, a utopian vision of a perfect and highly functioning technological future. The book depicts a land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit" are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants. Strangely relevant in our post-digital age many of the predictions are startling in the way they map against current ideologies and technologies.

While the poem itself was not the influence nor starting point for the improvisations that make up the body of the Burials In Several Earths the ideas in the novel seemed to fit the work as well as provide an obvious link to the history of the Radiophonic Workshop itself and the infamous Room 13 where the workshop began its work at BBC Maida Vale.

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released May 19, 2017

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The Radiophonic Workshop London, UK

Founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators.
Now, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and Mark Ayres are back working together, described by the music press as the ‘Electronic Buena Vista Social Club’ and ‘The British Kraftwerk’
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