Episode 16 – The Empathy Games of Nigel Fairs

Adventures in Time Space and Music

In this episode we’ll be featuring an interview with Doctor Who actor, author and audio producer Nigel Fairs, focusing on his work composing and working as sound designer for Big Finish Productions, recorded the 27th of November, 2010 at the Chicago TARDIS convention.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST: Nigel Fairs is a British actor, writer, composer and producer. He trained at Bretton Hall College and has appeared in a number of theatre productions, most notably as Christopher Wren in the long-running London stage production of The Mousetrap. On television, he has appeared in EastEnders and as a Dalek on Blue Peter. He has had 26 stage plays produced, and two musicals.

He currently works for Big Finish Productions, as a composer, and was the producer of their Sapphire and Steel and The Tomorrow People ranges. A common style of both ranges is an increase in emotional content, the exploration of ongoing themes and, in the case of The Tomorrow People, long-running story arcs. As well as writing individual stories for both these ranges, he has contributed to the company’s Doctor Who range in February 2007 with The Blue Tooth, and later The Catalyst and Empathy Games, both starring Louise Jameson. In 2007, he contributed to the short-story collection Short Trips: Snapshots. Prior to his work for Big Finish, he was a regular writer and director for BBV.

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.

LINKS OF INTEREST:

Nigel Fairs – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Fairs
Nigel Fairs – http://www.nigelfairs.com/

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Episode 1 – Introductions

Adventures in Time Space and Music

Hosted by Dr. Lou & Dr. Phill, this podcast will sample music from the almost 50 year history of Doctor Who, discussing and debating the technical minutiae involved in the music, how it relates to the story, as well as explore the varied composers and musicians who have worked on the show.

“…I’ve been listening to all the podcasts, and just wanted to say what a fantastic series of shows. Thoroughly enjoyed them all, and learnt a lot of stuff I didn’t know about my fellow Who composers! Nice work!”

– Dominic Glynn, freelance composer on Doctor Who, 1986-1989 (The Mysterious Planet, The Ultimate Foe, The Happiness Patrol, Dragonfire & Survival)

UPCOMING GUESTS INCLUDE: 1980s Doctor Who Composers Mark Ayres & Dominic Glynn, BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland & Roger Limb; Big Finish composers Nicholas Briggs, Matthew Cochrane, Nigel Fairs and Alastair Lock, Doctor Who authors Simon Guerrier and Robert Shearman; as well as others including Toby Hadoke of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, Doctor Who Script Editor Gary Russell and podcasters from shows including the Doctor Who Podcast, the Flashing Blade Podcast, Hoo on Who, Radio Free Skaro and the Minute Doctor Who Podcast.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS – DR. LOU: I am an Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I write about and teach classes on avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, focusing on musics that bridge the categories of high and low culture in society through media technology. In other words, I write about pretty music made on complicated equipment used in television and radio. Most of my stuff tends to be about music in the UK, although I have also written about American science fiction. My most recent publication is a history of the BBC’s electronic music studio, the Radiophonic Workshop, for Oxford University Press. Before becoming chair of the music department in Reno, I taught classes about television music, film music, music and gender, and popular music, as well as the more standard classical music history courses. After getting my undergraduate degree in singing from the University of Iowa, I spent a few hazy years bartending in nightclubs, listening to lots of dance music, and traveling as much as possible to England. Eventually, I decided I needed a career and did a Masters degree in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, writing a thesis on music in Doctor Who. After that I moved to Los Angeles and did a PhD at UCLA in musicology, studying with Susan McClary and Philip Brett, among other amazing scholars. At UCLA I wrote what would become the first half of my Radiophonic history as my dissertation.

I also, like Dr. Phil, am a performer of early music. But unlike him, for me it is purely a dilettante pursuit. I have sung early music since 1989, and at UCLA was the director of their early music ensemble, Musica Humana. Upon moving to Reno, I founded REM (Reno Early Music), Reno’s premiere early music group. Actually, we are Reno’s only early music group. But it’s fun. I also run the Reno Time Team, a local group making our way through all of classic Doctor Who. For more information on Louis Niebur, visit http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/pages/bios/niebur.htm, and for information on Reno Early Music, visit http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/boardman/music_REM.htm. For more information on Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, visit http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/publications/special_sound.htm.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS – DR. PHILL: 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.

On double bass, I perform with many ensembles including the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Northshore Camerata, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In Early Music, I regularly perform on violas da gamba (treble viol, tenor viol and bass viol), period double bass/ violone and vielle with modern orchestras such as the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as with period instrument ensembles such as Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, the Callipygian Players, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Duo fantaisie en Echo, the Madison Bach Musicians, the Newberry Consort, the Oriana Singers, the Second City Musick, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, the Third Coast Viols and many others. In performance, I’ve appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio. My Early Music Outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools’ was the recipient of the 2010 Early Music America Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. For more information, visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/About.html or http://www.phillipwserna.com/.

ABOUT OUR OPENING THEME: The opening theme to ADVENTURES IN TIME, SPACE AND MUSIC is a remix by Phillip Serna of the Well-Tempered Schism’s arrangement of Murray Gold’s theme ‘I Am The Doctor’ for the Eleventh Doctor. What happens when a few musicians who are also Whovians get together? Let your senses be stimulated by the results at this well-tempered presentation… Your companions for this adventure across the auditory universe will be Andrew Edwards (composer and pianist – who composed for Big Finish’s “The Wanderer”), Dr. Phillip W. Serna (bassist and gambist – also known for his Podcast “Adventures in Time, Space and Music”) with harpist & arranger Annette Bjorling. Encounter some fan-favorites and other themes of our beloved TV-series, and of some spin-offs. To find out more about the Well-Tempered Schism, visit http://www.welltemperedchism.com/.

ABOUT OUR CLOSING THEME: The closing theme to ADVENTURES IN TIME, SPACE AND MUSIC is a remix by Phillip Serna of our original version 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.http://www.twitter.com/drautobob.

ADVENTURES IN TIME, SPACE AND MUSIC IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE DOCTOR WHO PODCAST ALLIANCE: http://www.doctorwhopodcastalliance.org/

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

Podcast site is located at http://atsm.phillipwserna.com/
Email us at http://adventuresintimespaceandmusic.phillipwserna.com/contact
To follow us on Twitter, visit http://www.twitter.com/ATSMPodcast
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‘Adventures in Time Space and Music’ is not endorsed by the BBC in any way and is intended for entertainment and educational purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

The Official Doctor Who site can be found at http://bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.

Doctor Who, all associated logos, names and references to characters, vehicles and any other Doctor Who related items are registered trademarks and/or copyrights of the BBC, or their respective trademark and copyright holders.

All original content of this podcast, both musical and textual, is the intellectual property of the podcast – unless otherwise indicated. © Copyright 2010/ 2013