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La Planète Sauvage

    René Laloux’s celebrated 1973 sci-fi animation ‘La Planète Sauvage (Fantastic Planet)’, is overhauled with a re-imagined soundtrack by electronic modernists Stealing Sheep and legendary sound innovators The Radiophonic Workshop. This exclusive release is part of Fire Records’ re-imagined score series, and is released on Delia Derbyshire Day 2021.

    It’s a real pre-Avatar conundrum that Stealing Sheep, with the help of Bob Earland, Dick Mills and Roger Limb from the Radiophonic Workshop, unravel. Creating an ethereal excursion that’s narrated by Roger Limb; like a futuristic Martin Denny, or Dr Who gone ambient techno, with a hint of Forbidden Planet 50 years on. It’s an analogue swirl set in an off-world paradise; a field recording from the future. This is a creative, generation-spanning, union brought together to score this unique cult film.

    A must for fans of psyche electronica and Stealing Sheep’s formidable ‘Big Wows’ album.

    ‘La Planète Sauvage’ is a thing of ambient beauty punctuated with electronic earworms that switches from intensely ominous to otherworldly dream like moments.

    “No institution has had a greater impact on the development of electronic music than the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.” The Vinyl Factory

    “Stealing Sheep devour a broad range of styles, incorporating everything from the dark dance-pop of Grace Jones to the experimentations of Radiophonic Workshop pioneer Delia Derbyshire and John Carpenter soundtracks.” The Guardian.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 Opening Credits
    A2 The Chase
    A3 Saved/Captured
    A4 The Bracelet
    A5 Council Of Draags Pt.I
    A6 Terr & Tiwa
    A7 The Knowledge Pt.I
    Side B
    B1 The Fight
    B2 The Knowledge Pt. II
    B3 The Initiation
    B4 Escape
    B5 The Big Tree
    B6 The Ritual
    B7 The Duel
    Side C
    C1 Theft/Zarek
    C2 The Bird
    C3 The Free Oms
    C4 The Purge
    C5 The Journey To Ygam
    Side D
    D1 The City Of Free Oms
    D2 Robot Attack
    D3 The Fantastic Planet
    D4 The Final Battle
    D5 Terr C6 Council Of Draags Pt.II
    D6 End Credits

    The Radiophonic Workshop

    Possum OST (RSD21 EDITION)

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


      Original soundtrack to a new British horror film by the pioneering UK electronic research lab. Astonishingly considering their 50 year career scoring for radio and television, this is the first time The Radiophonic Workshop have ever scored a feature film for theatrical release or collaborated on a major score together. They've risen to the challenge admirably, concocting a soundtrack that mixes pastoral flute with dread synth tones and bowed percussion that connects this to England's hidden reverse of Coil as much as the masters of Italian Giallo soundtracks. Housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve designed by Julian House with sketchbook insert, the soundtrack includes all the cues from the feature film as well as 9 bonus tracks. The soundtrack features sound elements and drones from the Delia Derbyshire archives, the pioneering producer of the original Doctor Who signature tune. These sound elements, discovered in boxes of tapes in the late composer's attic, have been restored and used in the foundations of the sound track and sound design.

      The Radiophonic Workshop

      Possum

        Original soundtrack to a new British horror film by the pioneering UK electronic research lab responsible for Doctor Who and Quatermass.

        Astonishingly considering their 50 year career scoring for radio and television, this is the first time The Radiophonic Workshop have ever scored a feature film for theatrical release or collaborated on a major score together. They’ve risen to the challenge admirably, concocting a soundtrack that mixes pastoral flute with dread synth tones and bowed percussion that connects this to England’s hidden reverse of Coil as much as the masters of Italian Giallo soundtracks. Housed in a beautiful 6-panel sleeve designed by Julian House (Ghost Box Records/Children Of Alice), the soundtrack includes all the cues from the feature film as well as 9 bonus tracks. The soundtrack features sound elements and drones from the Delia Derbyshire archives, the pioneering producer of the original Doctor Who signature tune. These sound elements, discovered in boxes of tapes in the late composer’s attic, have been restored and used in the foundations of the sound track and sound design.

        Possum is the directorial debut of Matthew Holness (best known for co-writing and playing the title role in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace). The film stars Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong, telling the story of a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.

        “This soundtrack a testament to the Radiophonic Workshop’s mastery of sound. At once unnerving, atmospheric, and deeply moving.” - Matthew Holness (Writer & Director)

        The Radiophonic Workshop maintain it amongst the most significant work of their career. “The unearthly sounds of this form of radiophonic music are well-suited to atmospheres of paranoia, fear and haunting. In the best tradition of horror and suspense, this soundtrack adds to the extraordinarily claustrophobic atmosphere between the two central characters with dark scampering and threatening moans."

        TRACK LISTING

        POSSUM - FILM SOUNDTRACK

        1 Verse 1 And Main Titles (02:53)
        2 Arrival Home (01:04)
        3 Smoke Balloons (01:49)
        4 Buried (01:21)
        5 Verse 2, Possum Sting And Undercurrent (00:43)
        6 Going In? (00:44)
        7 A Demonstration (00:32)
        8 Legs 1 And Forest 1 (01:49)
        9 Legs 2 And Rumble (00:51)
        10 Forest 2 And Bag Opening (01:23)
        11 Marshland 1 / Anxiety (01:08)
        12 Marshland 2 / Verse 3 And Nightmare 1 / Bedfellows (03:34)
        13 The Fox Story (02:20)
        14 The Fox Story (alternative) (02:20)
        15 The Barracks (05:13)
        16 Newspaper / Stairs (02:18)
        17 Storybook (01:01)
        18 Helpless (00:32)
        19 The Photograph And Fox Return (01:30)
        20 Back From The Dead / Verse 4 (00:37)
        21 Nightmare 2 (03:14)
        22 Someone At The Door (00:52)
        23 News Report (01:12)
        24 Searching (01:14)
        25 Cracking Up (01:01)
        26 Pursuit (05:58)
        27 Verse 5 / Breakdown (01:01)
        28 Behind The Door / Mummy And Daddy / Possum-Man (02:29)
        29 Devastation (02:01)

        POSSUM - FILM SOUNDTRACK - EARLY MIXES AND ALTERNATIVES
        30 Arrival Home And A Demonstration (alternative) (01:33)
        31 The Fox Story (alternative 2) (02:13)
        32 The Barracks (alternative) (06:03)
        33 Storybook (alternative) (01:06)
        34 Helpless (alternative) (00:35)
        35 Pursuit (alternative) (05:56)
        36 Mummy And Daddy (alternative) (01:17)
        37 Devastation (alternative) (00:33)
        38 Opening Titles (early Mix) (01:26)

        The Radiophonic Workshop

        Burials In Several Earths

        Burials In Several Earths is a brand new work by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop, the soundtrack architects behind classic British TV music such as Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. An evocative suite of synth improvisations, Burials In Several Earths evokes the haunting qualities of their classic work whilst exploring fresh new vistas of sound.

        Conjuring up atmospheric, immersive textures that mix tried-and-trusted analogue techniques and leading edge digital technologies, the release connects the dots between the work of pioneering British electronic composers such as Delia Derbyshire and artists whose work bares the unmistakable genetic footprint of the Radiophonic Workshop: the likes of Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Pye Corner Audio and Children Of Alice.

        Features guest appearances from Martyn Ware (The Human League/Heaven 17) and Steve ‘Dub’ Jones (Grammy-award winning mixing engineer for The Chemical Brothers, UNKLE, and New Order).

        Both editions designed by David Chatton Barker, founder of the acclaimed Folklore Tapes label. The titling of the album and individual tracks were inspired by Francis Bacon’s incomplete 1627 literary work New Atlantis, previously used by one of the founders of the Workshop, Daphne Oram, as a manifesto for the original sound sorcery they famously produced in room 13 of the BBC Maida Vale studio complex in London. Room 13 is also the name of the Workshop’s newly minted label!

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Immersive, visceral library electronica, bubbling synths and clattering machinated noises form into an exuberant and exciting tour-de-force of noise and melody. It's a journey this one, but one i'd undertake time and time again. What legends.

        TRACK LISTING

        CD Tracklisting
        Disc 1
        01. Burials In Several Earths
        02. Things Buried In Water

        Disc 2
        01. Some Hope Of Land
        02. Not Come To Light
        03. The Strangers’ House

        4 X10" Tracklisting
        A1. Burials In Several Earths Part 1
        B1. Burials In Several Earths Part 2
        C1. Things Buried In Water Part 1
        D1. Things Buried In Water Part 2
        E1. Some Hope Of Land Part 1
        F1. Some Hope Of Land Part 2
        G1. Some Hope Of Land Part 3 (Alternate Mix)
        G2. Not Come To Light
        H1. The Strangers’ House

        BBC Radiophonic Workshop

        The Soundhouse - Yellow Edge Glow Vinyl Edition

          In 1979 the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was launched, the year that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop celebrated its 21st birthday. At the price of a house (approx. £30,000) this state of the art piece of equipment was embedded with an 8 bit digital sampling synthesizer capable of emulating acoustic instruments and orchestras alongside the manipulation of sound effects.

          For the BRW this was a major game changer, where previously, composers would spend weeks editing small pieces of tape together to create sounds. Ingenuity and creativity in music and sound was still at the forefront for Workshop members but suddenly made a whole lot easier. This 1983 collection (a first time re-release here of the complete album) celebrated these new found freedoms most notably on the opening track where five Radiophonic composers combined to add their own musical identity to a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight.

          Highlights include music from the radio production of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and Fancy Fish based on Saint-Saen's Carnival Of The Animals which was the first BRW project to utilise the Fairlight.

          TRACK LISTING

          SIDE ONE
          1 Radiophonic Rock
          2 Lascaux
          3 Computers In The Real World
          4 Seascape
          5 The Whale
          6 Rallyman
          7 Catch The Wind
          8 Believe It Or Not
          9 Planet Earth (Scenes From "The Living Planet")
          10 Dawn

          SIDE TWO
          1 Mainstream
          2 The Unseeing Eye
          3 Fancy Fish ("Aquarium")
          4 Brighton Pier
          5 Armagiddean War Games
          6 Yellow Moon
          7 Radio Blackburn
          8 Macrocosm
          9 Land And People
          10 Houdin's Musical Box
          11 Ghost In The Water
          12 The Milonga 

          Elizabeth Parker / BBC Radiophonic Workshop

          The Living Planet - A Portrait Of The Earth (Arctic Pearl Vinyl Edition)

            Originally shown on BBC1 in 1984, this David Attenborough 12 part series was the sequel to the pioneering Life On Earth, taking natural history television to a new level of brilliance.

            The ground-breaking score was composed by Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and released on vinyl by the BBC in the same year. Parker joined the BBC and in 1978 after gaining a master’s degree in composition and recording techniques at the University of East Anglia. She moved permanently to the Workshop’s Maida Vale studios where she realised the music for well over 300 TV and radio programmes before her departure in 1996.

            The Emmy-nominated music for “The Living Planet” was performed on synthesisers, blending highly evocative themes, sounds and effects into a brilliant accompaniment to television’s stunning images of the Earth’s environments, and into an enthralling sound picture for this album.



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