Doctor Who: At the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Vol. 1 is one of the cooler and stranger television soundtrack CDs ever to come out of the BBC archives -- from the opening oscillations of Ron Grainer's original theme music in all of its uncut glory (nearly two and a half minutes long), the disc runs through sound effects and other eerie audio material presented throughout the series. The whole listening experience is a cross between a musical representation of a voyage into space ('60s style) and a really delightfully strange "bachelor's den"-style collection of audiophile whistles, oscillations, and other electronic creations for the series. The CD promises music, sound effects, "atmospheres," and "ambiences" from the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, and it delivers one of the eeriest listening experiences that one can find in soundtracks -- if this had been released circa 1967, it would have quickly been picked up as one of the great druggy soundtrack accompaniments of its period. Not all of the sound is perfect, one should point out -- the makers of these effects never expected or intended that their work be heard on CD, and some of the sources are several generations down from original masters, but there's more than enough that is up to standard to carry the rest.
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