24 October, 2008

Sounds Like Brian

In the olden days, when TV was powered by steam and people crowded round a walnut cabinet to listen to obscure radio dramas about nightmares, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop used to create these amazing soundscapes. Electronic humming, musical stabs and other trickery that hammered home how other-worldly the production was trying to be. One of the kings of this kind of music was Brian Hodgson. You can hear the sort of thing he did for Doctor Who in this clip on YouTube from 'The Wheel in Space':

Now, according to BBC News, scientists have found a way of capturing the sounds of the universe - 'music' generated by the stars. And wouldn't you just know it, Brian Hodgson was right.

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