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Burials In Several Earths is a brand new work by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop. Nearly two decades after the Workshop was decommissioned, original members Peter Howell, Roger Limb, Dr Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland and long-time associate composer Mark Ayres are back working together, featuring guest appearances from Martyn Ware and Steve ‘Dub’ Jones, creative an evocative suite of synth improvisations.
At first glance a new album from The Radiophonic Workshop may be viewed as something of a surprise, arriving long after the pioneering group’s last long player together. But it does make sense. A fair chunk of modern day archivalism has rightly focused on the group’s work for the BBC, after the workshop was established by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram in the late ‘50s and crafted soundtracks that were well ahead of their time. This renewed interest led to core original members reconvening The Radiophonic Workshop in 2012 to undertake a series of live performances.
From this we now have ‘Burials In Several Earths,’ released on the group’s own Room 13 label - the name a canny nod to the BBC Maida Vale studio where they did so much great work. Recorded with celebrated engineer Steve ‘Dub’ Jones and Human Leaguer Martyn Hare, this album finds the veteran work shoppers freed from the constraints of working to a script and expressing their creativity in a spontaneous manner. The resultant five tracks occupy a strange – but totally alluring – place; sat somewhere between the Workshop’s own iconic work and a cadre of modern day practitioners who have undoubtedly been profoundly influenced by them, such as Pye Corner Audio, and Alessandro Cortini.