Episode 21 – Alistair Lock Unbound – Part I – Alistair Lock Interview Part I

Adventures in Time Space and Music

In this episode we’ll be featuring the first part in a series focusing on the work of Big Finish Doctor Who composer and sound designer Alistair Lock, recorded the 6th of December, 2010.


ABOUT YOUR HOST: My name is Dr. Phillip Serna – you can call me Dr. Phill as many of my colleagues, friends and students do. I’m a performer and teacher here in the Chicago area where I received my Master & Doctoral degrees in Music at Northwestern University. On double bass I perform solo, chamber, orchestral and contemporary literature. I am also a performer of Early Music on viols – or violas da gamba – a family of bowed guitars that were popular in Europe from the 15th through the late 18th centuries.

ABOUT OUR SERIES GUEST: Alistair Lock is a well-respected audio professional best known for his work on the all-new Blake’s 7 audio adventures and the Big Finish Productions’ series of officially-licensed Doctor Who audio plays, which more than one reviewer described as ‘cinematic.’ His association with Blake’s 7 dates back to when he was the director/sound designer on Magic Bullet’s controversial Kaldor City series, an ultra-violent tale of power, sex and intrigue inspired by Blake’s 7. He is now perhaps best known as the voice of the synthetic intelligence known only as Zen.

Prior to this, he worked on a number of independent Doctor Who stories produced during the television series’ hiatus. Credits include BBV’s Doctor Who spin-off audio plays, notably “Republica” and “Prosperity Island”, along with direct-to-video releases, including “The Airzone Solution”, “More than a Messiah” and the “Auton” trilogy series. He also did post-production sound effects on the popular UNIT video story “Downtime”, supplying radio jingle music, computer voices and ruining his throat doing yetis., Alistair is also an accomplished composer and has provided scores for Sapphire & Steel, Doctor Who and Bennie Summerfield audio adventures. Other music credits include the infamous remix of Madonna’s Open Your Heart.

Alistair Lock demonstrated a talent for the audio medium at an early age, spending a lot of his childhood playing with tape recorders, as well as honing his keen interest in music and theatre. Having acquired a thorough education in radio production, Alistair went on to greater things, working as producer, sound designer and actor for Audio Visuals, which came out with a number of independent Doctor Who stories after the television series went off the air. At the same time, Alistair also developed an interest in Blake’s 7, working with Alan Stevens to produce the behind-the-scenes documentary “Travis: the Final Act” and two spinoff radio plays set in the Blake’s 7 universe, “The Mark of Kane” and “The Logic of Empire.”

Alistair is a very capable actor and an excellent director as well as a genius at sound design and music. He has come a long way from the days when post-production was a difficult and cumbersome task involving yards of reel-to-reel or cassette tape to the present world of sophisticated computers and digital formats. His professionalism and level-headedness in the studio are well-known, as is his sterling reputation which he has built up through quiet competence alone.


Many thanks to Alistair Lock who has generously allowed us to include one of his cues from his score to the Big Finish Doctor Who Unbound story Auld Mortality.

ABOUT OUR THEME: The theme to ADVENTURES IN TIME, SPACE AND MUSIC is a remix by Isaac Arsenault. Isaac started mashingup music in the winter of ’09, After reading Jordan Roseman’s “Audio Mashup Construction Kit.” Working with sound Equipment and being technical leader for two bands he opened his taste for music by studying it mathematically and learning the science behind it. To find out more about Isaac’s work, visit http://www.twitter.com/drautobob.


Alastair Lock – http://www.b7media.com/?page_id=737

Music from the Blake’s 7 Audios – http://www.b7media.com/?page_id=419&category=29&product_id=19

Music from the Blake’s 7 Audios – Amazon (US) – http://www.amazon.com/Blakes-Rebellion-Music-Audio-Adventures/dp/B003TIXI86/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298031821&sr=301-1
Music from the Blake’s 7 Audios – Amazon (UK) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=alistair+lock
Music from the Blake’s 7 Audios – iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blakes-7-breaking-orbit-music/id378741858?i=378741862&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Big Finish Releases – http://www.bigfinish.com/

Big Finish Releases – Music from the New Adventures, Vol.1 (Music from Phantasmagoria, The Fearmonger, The Marian Conspiracy, and The Spectre of Lanyon Moor)
Big Finish Releases – Music from the New Adventures, Vol.2 (Music from Last of the Titans, The Shadow of the Scourge and The Fires of Vulcan) – http://www.bigfinish.com/2-Doctor-Who-Music-from-the-New-Audio-Adventures-Vol-2
Big Finish Releases – Music from the Fifth Doctor Audio Adventures (Also includes composers David Darlington & Russell Stone – Music from Loups-Garoux, The Eye of the Scorpion, and Primeval) – http://www.bigfinish.com/5-Doctor-Who-The-Fifth-Doctor-Audio-Adventures
Big Finish Releases – Music from the Sixth Doctor Audio Adventures (Also includes composers Jim Mortimore & Jane Elphinstone – Music from Loups-Garoux, The Eye of the Scorpion, and Primeval) – http://www.bigfinish.com/6-Doctor-Who-The-Sixth-Doctor-Audio-Adventures
Big Finish Releases – Music from the Eighth Doctor Audio Adventures (Also includes composers Nicholas Briggs, Russell Stone & William Allen – Music from Storm Warning, Sword of Orion, The Stones of Venice, and Minuet in Hell, plus the Eighth Doctor Big Finish Theme)

Magic Bullet Productions – Kaldor City – http://www.kaldorcity.com/


If you would like to find out more about my other projects, specifically on viols, please visit thegambacast.org orviolsinourschools.org.

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