The Radio Science Orchestra

The RADio science orchestra

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The Radio Science Orchestra

A modular Space Age Pop ensemble inspired by the birth of electronic music uniting Theremin, Martenot, and Moog; the Radio Science Orchestra brings you exotica, neoclassical and lounge from the birth of radio to the atomic age and beyond. The ensemble has met with critical acclaim for its performances at TED, the Southbank Centre, London’s ICA, the Shanghai Music Festival, the Bath ICIA, the British Library, and Glastonbury Festival.

Theremin

+

 Electronics

 

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THE ARCHITECT

 

THE VISITORS ARE AMONG US

THERE HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTERS

MANY EPISODES HAVE GONE UNREPORTED

FOR FEAR OF RIDICULE

 

THEY MOVE THROUGH US

ON AN INVISIBLE WAVELENGTH

DREAMS AND INSPIRATIONS WE RECEIVE

ON AN UNASSIGNED FREQUENCY

TECHNOLOGICAL SPECIFICATIONS VARY:

TIME MOVES FASTER 

ON THE OUTSIDE

 

THAN ON THE INSIDE

OF A FLYING SAUCER

LIFE IS AN OPPORTUNITY

A COINCIDENCE

PEACE IS A BY-PRODUCT

OF UNDERSTANDING

BETWEEN MAN AND MAN

 

 

WE MUST LEARN TO GO BEYOND

THE SCIENCE AND THE FICTION

Inspiration

 

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Players 

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JOY SMITH

HARPS + VOX + KEYS

 

KEYPAD

BASS + ELECTRONICS

 

BRUCE WOOLLEY

VOX + GUITAR + THEREMIN

 

VICTOR CHARNWOOD

NARRATION

ANDY VISSER

SAXES + VOX + KEYS

 

CHARLIE DRAPER

THEREMIN + ONDES MARTENOT

 

 

 
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Reviews


'They have composed a complex and brooding score that manages to convey the fear and paranoia like few other documentaries .... the Theremin was a central thread of the score and it is impossible to imagine Sputnik & Beyond without it. The playing was the finest I've ever heard. Disproving claims of it being an instrument of limited expression, the subtle playing here proved its worth as an instrument capable of conveying a broad range of genuine emotion.'

- Dark Star Magazine on Sputnik and Beyond


‘Memories Of The Future is a brave and highly idiosyncratic undertaking ... combining the information-rich commentary .... the music of The Radio Science Orchestra and a dense visual narrative, they manage to execute their concept with considerable panache and charm.'

- Wire Magazine on Memories of the Future


‘Youthful theremin player Charlie Draper was a knockout, turning an instrument largely associated with sci-fi sound effects into the fully expressive voice it was intended to be when invented in 1919.'

- Wire Magazine on Memories of the Future


GIGS AND GUESTS


GIGS...

TED, the Southbank Centre, London’s ICA, the Shanghai Music Festival, the Bath ICIA, the British Library, Glastonbury Festival, Madame Jo Jo's, Alexandra Palace and the Tardis.


GUESTS...

Lydia Kavina, Bob Moog, Matthew Seligman, Chris Elliott, Wolfgang Wild, Derby Brown, Andy Nice, Marius De Vries, Miss Hypnotique, Simon Hanson, Thomas Dolby, Sally Bradshaw, Anji Britton, Grace Jones, Sarah Denton, Steve Dub, Timmy Ray, Pete Davis, Freddie Draper, Tom Visser, Dan Woo, Darren Redick, Professor Ying, Ken Hollings, Jack Woolley, Glenn Kerrigan and Polly Scattergood.

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