The Radio Science Orchestra

The Radio Science Orchestra

Hi-Fi Sci-Fi

A modular Space Age Pop ensemble inspired by the birth of electronic music, the Radio Science Orchestra brings you exotica, neoclassical and lounge from the birth of radio to the atomic age and beyond.

Uniting Theremin, Martenot, Moog and modular electronics, 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.

A leading provider of bespoke audio-visual performances, the ensemble combines live music, archive footage and narration to illuminate striking connections between the sounds and technologies of today and yesteryear.

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 LIVE

Images from “Music Out of the Moon” RSO’s 2019 Summer Tour. Performance locations included Twickenham’s Winchester Room, Jodrell Bank Astronomical Observatory’s Bluedot Festival and TED Summit 2019 in Edinburgh.
(Photos: Rachel Hollings / TWR; Karen Eng / Bluedot; Ryan Lash / TED)

MUSIC

 
 
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Projects

 
 
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Music out of the Moon

An audio-visual spectacular revealing unexpected links between space exploration, Apollo 11, and the birth of electronic sound.

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Theremin 100

A centennial celebration of the world’s first successful musical instrument and its eponymous inventor, Leon Theremin.

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Theremin 100 Assets

Free assets from desiger Paul Sizer, promulgated to mark the theremin’s 100th birthday, and made available worldwide.

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A Robotic Odyssey

Coming soon, a music-fuelled multimedia journey marking a century of robots (RUR, 1920) and the 100th birthday of Isaac Asimov.

Personnel

 

JOY SMITH

HARPS + VOX + KEYS

 

KEYPAD

BASS + ELECTRONICS

HOLLY LOWE

HARP

BRUCE WOOLLEY

VOX + GUITAR + THEREMIN

 

KEN HOLLINGS

NARRATION

FIACHRA MAC OIREACHTAI

KEYBOARDS + VOX

ANDY VISSER

SAXES + VOX + KEYS

 

CHARLIE DRAPER

THEREMIN + ONDES MARTENOT 

PAUL FOSS

DRUMS + PERCUSSION

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PRESS

 

'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.'

- The Wire 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.'

- Live Music Magazine on Memories of the Future


GIGS + GUESTS

 

GIGS...

TED Summit, Southbank Centre, London ICA, Shanghai Music Festival, TED X, Bath ICIA, British Library, Glastonbury Festival, Madame Jo Jo's, Bob Moog’s 70th, Alexandra Palace, Glastonbury Abbey, The Tardis and Bluedot Festival.


GUESTS...

Lydia Kavina, Bob Moog, Matthew Seligman, Chris Elliott, Ben Darlow, Dave Stewart, Barbara Gaskin, Wolfgang Wild, Pete Davis, Derby Brown, Andy Nice, Marius De Vries, Miss Hypnotique, Simon Hanson, Thomas Dolby, Sally Bradshaw, Anji Britton, Cameron Craig, 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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