The Music from Room 13

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

Room 13 was the room in BBC Maida Vale Studios — a converted ice-skating rink — in which the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was founded in 1958.

A centre of electronic musical excellence virtually unique in the world, the Radiophonic Workshop provided music and sounds for BBC radio and TV programmes for 40 years until its closure in 1998. It has proved an inspiration for generations of contemporary musicians.

Today’s programme celebrates the music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and in addition to selections of their output over the years, includes other pieces of music produced with the aid of machines — from Victorian musical boxes to player pianos, to the latest in electronic instrumentation. There are even some nostalgic tracks played on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ from the Regal Cinema, Kingston-upon-Thames, now installed in the Musical Museum in Brentford, west London.

The picture above shows Workshop stalwart Dick Mills performing at the 2009 live Workshop Reunion at the Roundhouse in London. For more on the Workshop, see this Wikipedia article.

Then at 7pm Pacific Time (3am UK time), please join us for a repeat of Saturday’s edition of the ZBS Radio Hour. Due to a last-minute change of schedule on Saturday, we were unable to bring you this programme at its scheduled time, and as a result we are broadcasting it for the second time today. Tune in at the top of the hour for Part 2 of Jack Flanders in Dreams of Sumatra, followed at the half-hour by Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe in the final episode of Ruby 7 — Dream Weaver, Dream Deceiver.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in-world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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