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The John Baker Tapes Volume 2: Soundtracks, Library...
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JBH 029CD JBH 029CD
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9/2/2008

...Home Recordings, Electro Ads. Subtitled: Rare & Unreleased Workshop Recordings 1963-1975. This is volume two of Trunk's John Baker Radiophonic retrospective. The legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio. Sounds for programs were created by using recordings of everyday sounds such as voices, bells, gravel and other raw materials for "radiophonic" manipulations, in which audio tape could be played back at different speeds, pitches, cut and joined, or processed. The Workshop's innovations in manipulative sound are akin to those used in musique concrète, and has had a profound influence on the evolution of modern electronic music. The 39 tracks on volume two represent the major body of important work John Baker produced while moonlighting for other companies (under the pseudonym of John Matthews), and most tracks have remained unissued, until now. This CD brings together the most complete overview of his work outside of the BBC, his freaky library music (for Southern and Peer), incredible electro-advertising commissions, rare soundtracks, and private home recordings, nearly all of which have also remained unissued. This CD also includes the first-ever release of the soundtrack to Boy On A Bicycle, the debut film by Ridley Scott from 1965. The album also comes with his test tone experiments, feedback loops and the first-ever recording made by John Baker (pressed originally on a 78 RPM record) from 1954. There's also the original obituary broadcast on BBC Radio 5 back in 1997. None of these recordings have been released until now. This is another essential release for followers of British electronic music, British electronics, and of the Workshop output.