RSO BIOGRAPHIES


THE RADIO SCIENCE ORCHESTRA

 

Bruce Woolley (Vocals, Guitar, Arrangement)
Bruce Woolley is an English record producer and composer, co-founder of the Radio Science Orchestra. His writing and collaborative credits include Thomas Dolby, Grace Jones, Nicki Minaj, Baz Luhrmann, the Orb and Will.i.am, and he keeps a busy schedule as producer for his label, Gramophone Records. In 1981 Bruce's international hit - the Ivor Novello Award-nominated "Video Killed The Radio Star" – was the first song aired on MTV and in 2011, Bruce received a Gold Medal from the BMI.

Andy Visser (Saxophones, Vox, Arrangement, Programming)
Co-founder of the RSO, Andy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophones, keyboards, flute, bass clarinet and electronics in various lineups including Death in Vegas, ONL, The Alice Band and the Radio Science Orchestra. He is also a sound designer and has worked on international projects for Sony, Nokia, Dolby, Samsung and Shell’s “Electric Storm”. Andy’s compositions have been broadcast on terrestrial TV and Radio networks. He released his first album in 2007 to critical acclaim and is currently producing a follow-up.

Joy Smith (Harp, Keys, Melodica)
Multi-instrumentalist Joy Smith has performed harp with the Gabrieli Consort, The Sixteen, The Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble, and the New London Consort. She is baroque harpist for Il Fagioilini and the State Opera in Munich, and is co-director of the ensemble 'Eclipse'. As a multi-instrumentalist she brings knowledge of folk, baroque and classical musicianship to the Orchestra's space-age ensemble, segueing from the the antique to the modern.

Charlie Draper (Theremin, Ondes, Text, Transcriptions)
Charlie Draper plays the space-controlled theremin and the ondes martenot. He has performed for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, WorlCon Philharmonic Orchestra, British Library, WOMAD Festival, Welsh National Opera House, London ExCEL Centre, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joe's Pub NYC, and been heard on ITV, Channel 4, BBC 1, BBC Radio 3, and BuzzFeed. He has played many principal works for theremin and orchestra, including Schillinger's "First Airphonic Suite" (UK premiere), Rózsa's "Spellbound Concerto", Herrmann's "Suite from the Day the Earth Stood Still" and Elfman's "Mars Attacks!".

Victor Charnwood (Narration)

Narrator for RSO events, Victor Charnwood weaves eloquent tapestries of retro-futurism. He draws on themes from the birth of radio to cybernetic revolt, from the Space Race to simulacra, and from the Sphäraphon to the music of the spheres. He traverses the permeable boundaries between science fact and science fiction, revealing unexpected connections and challenging prevailing orthodoxies.