Bluedot festival has added another suitably stellar addition to the lineup. The Radiophonic Workshop will be celebrating their 60th anniversary at the festival. They accompanied Orbital’s dramatic sundown set at last year’s event, and for 2018, in addition to playing a live set featuring iconic sounds and visuals from across their 60 year career, the Workshop will also be ‘artists in residence’ at the festival.

Says Workshop member Mark Ayres:“It is a very exciting prospect to be recreating the workshop in a site-specific way. We played Bluedot last year with our friends Orbital, and had a wonderful time. This year we are back with something different, creating new work in the moment in the shadow of the great telescope. How? We don’t exactly know yet but that has always been part of the fun… and all very radiophonic.”

Using everything from the latest binaural recording techniques to the iPhone they will collect  sounds from around the festival site, working them into compositions that embody the spirit of curiosity, creativity and collaboration at the heart of the Bluedot experience.

Paddy Kingsland, Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dick Mills (who joined the Workshop in 1958 and worked with Delia Derbyshire on the Dr Who theme tune) and Mark Ayres will be joined by Kieron Pepper (formerly of The Prodigy) and members of the BBC Research & Development team to create a contemporary version of the Radiophonic Workshop in the Star Pavilion.

Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank says:

“It wouldn’t be right unless we also included some sounds from space. The Radiophonic team will work with resident astronomers to access Jodrell Bank’s archive of weird and wonderful signals to help create a truly cosmic soundscape.”

The recordings made will be edited into a master suite that will available later in the year. The Workshop will also reissue many classic recordings this year.

There’s more just added to Bluedot’s electronic music lineup: Mission Control area takeovers. Joy Orbison, Not Waving, Lemmy Ashton and Holly Lester join the line up as part of Bugged Out’s takeover and inner city electronic will host Helena Hauff, Ralph Lawson and Kerouac.

Tickets are available at Bluedot Festival

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