Episode 37 – Series 6, Part I – Brian Hodgson, Anton Bruckner and the Mind Robber

In this episode we’ll be looking at the music of two very different composers – Radiophonic workshop composer Brian Hodgson and 19th-century Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. Here we will examine this combination regarding Doctor Who Serial UU – Story 45 – The Mind Robber, a 5-part story which originally aired between the 14th of September and the 12th of October 1968 on BBC One.

NOTE: This episode aired as a segment on the HOO ON WHO PODCAST on Sunday, 14 August, 2011 – http://hooonwho.libsyn.com/episode-43-enhanced-the-mind-robber


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 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.


Restoration Team – The Mind Robber – http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/mind_robber.htm
BBC Doctor Who – The Mind Robber – http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/mindrobber/
The Mind Robber – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mind_Robber

Processes Mentioned – VidFIRE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VidFIRE

Composers Mentioned – Anton Bruckner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Bruckner
Composers Mentioned – Brian Hodgson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Hodgson

Purchase the Doctor Who – Mind Robber – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009PVZG4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_re5cpb0HBGS59 (US) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0006PTYOM/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_ve5cpb1V2EJRK (UK)

Brian Hodgson’s Musical Contributions to The Mind Robber can be found on Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Volume 1 – The Early Years (1963-1969) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_at_the_BBC_Radiophonic_Workshop_Volume_1:_The_Early_Years_1963%E2%80%931969

Purchase Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Volume 1 – The Early Years (1963-1969) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009JOPHQ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_0H0cpb1TEZ5NF (US) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0009JOPHQ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_zI0cpb17BWCJ5 (UK)

Deutsche Gramophon Recording of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony – Catologue Number LPM 18113

Films Mentioned – The Legend of Hell House – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Hell_House
Films Mentioned – The Shining – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film)

Programmes Mentioned – Doctor Who – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who
Programmes Mentioned – The Tomorrow People – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tomorrow_People
Programmes Mentioned – Timeslip – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeslip

Serials Mentioned – Enemy of the World – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enemy_of_the_World
Serials Mentioned – Mark of the Rani – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_of_the_Rani
Serials Mentioned – The Robots of Death – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Robots_of_Death
Serials Mentioned – The Sea Devils – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Devils
Serials Mentioned – Terror of the Vervoids – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_of_the_Vervoids
Serials Mentioned – Tomb of the Cybermen – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tomb_of_the_Cybermen
Serials Mentioned – Web of Fear – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_Fear

Locations Mentioned – Camden Town – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Town
Locations Mentioned – Electronic Music Studios – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Music_Studios
Locations Mentioned – Chalk Farm Road Roundhouse Theatre – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roundhouse

Historical Figures Mentioned – Ludwig II of Bavaria – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_II_of_Bavaria

People Mentioned – Colin Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Baker
People Mentioned – Tom Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker
People Mentioned – Frazer Hines – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frazer_Hines
People Mentioned – Steven King – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King
People Mentioned – Stanley Kubrick – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick
People Mentioned – Peter Ling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ling
People Mentioned – David Maloney – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Maloney
People Mentioned – Wendy Padbury – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Padbury
People Mentioned – Christopher Robbie – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Robbie
People Mentioned – Derrick Sherwin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derrick_Sherwin
People Mentioned – Patrick Torughton – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Troughton
People Mentioned – John Nathan-Turner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nathan-Turner
People Mentioned – Hamish Wilson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamish_Wilson
People Mentioned – Jonathan Wood – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wood_(English_actor)

Recordings Mentioned – Carnival of Light – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_of_Light
Recordings Mentioned – An Electric Storm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Electric_Storm

Ensembles Mentioned – BBC Radiophonic Workshop – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Radiophonic_Workshop
Ensembles Mentioned – The Beatles – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles
Ensembles Mentioned – Electrophon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Derbyshire#Electrophon
Ensembles Mentioned – Kaleidophon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Derbyshire#Kaleidophon
Ensembles Mentioned – Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gewandhaus_Orchestra
Ensembles Mentioned – Staatskapelle of Dresden – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staatskapelle_Dresden
Ensembles Mentioned – Unit Delta Plus – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Derbyshire#Unit_Delta_Plus
Ensembles Mentioned – White Noise – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Noise_(band)

Composers Mentioned – Mark Ayres – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ayres
Composers Mentioned – Béla Bartók – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9la_Bart%C3%B3k
Composers Mentioned – Ludwig van Beethoven – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven
Composers Mentioned – Johannes Brahms – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Brahms
Composers Mentioned – Desmond Briscoe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Briscoe
Composers Mentioned – Malcolm Clarke – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Clarke
Composers Mentioned – Delia Derbyshire – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Derbyshire
Composers Mentioned – Jonathan Gibbs – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Gibbs_(composer)
Composers Mentioned – Edvard Grieg – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edvard_Grieg
Composers Mentioned – George Frideric Handel – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel
Composers Mentioned – Peter Howell – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Howell
Composers Mentioned – Wilfred Joseph – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Josephs
Composers Mentioned – Aram Katschaturian – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aram_Khachaturian
Composers Mentioned – Paddy Kingsland – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_Kingsland
Composers Mentioned – Roger Limb – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Limb
Composers Mentioned – Franz Liszt – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Liszt
Composers Mentioned – Nikki St George – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_St_George
Composers Mentioned – Elizabeth Parker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Parker_(composer)
Composers Mentioned – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Rimsky-Korsakov
Composers Mentioned – Arnold Schoenberg – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Schoenberg
Composers Mentioned – Franz Schubert – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schubert
Composers Mentioned – John Scott – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scott_(composer)
Composers Mentioned – Dudley Simpson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Simpson
Composers Mentioned – Martin Slavin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Slavin
Composers Mentioned – David Vorhaus – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Vorhaus
Composers Mentioned – Richard Wagner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagner
Composers Mentioned – Peter Zinovieff – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Zinovieff

Pieces Mentioned – Béla Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miraculous_Mandarin
Pieces Mentioned – Béla Bartók – Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_for_Strings,_Percussion_and_Celesta
Pieces Mentioned – Ludwig van Beethoven – Ninth Symphony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninth_Symphony_(Beethoven)
Pieces Mentioned – Anton Bruckner – Seventh Symphony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._7_(Bruckner)
Pieces Mentioned – Greensleeves – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensleeves
Pieces Mentioned – Edvard Grieg – In the Hall of the Mountain King – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Hall_of_the_Mountain_King
Pieces Mentioned – Claude Debussey – La fille aux cheveux de lin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preludes_(Debussy)
Pieces Mentioned – George Frideric Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrival_of_the_Queen_of_Sheba
Pieces Mentioned – Wilfred Joseph – Pieces Mentioned – Space Time Music (Parts 1-4) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfred_Josephs
Pieces Mentioned – Aram Katschaturian – Sabre Dance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabre_Dance
Pieces Mentioned – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff – Flight of the Bumblebee – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_of_the_Bumblebee
Pieces Mentioned – John Scott – Palpitations – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scott_(composer)
Pieces Mentioned – Martin Slavin – Space Adventures Parts 1-3 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Slavin

Concepts Mentioned – Brass Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_instrument
Concepts Mentioned – Development – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_development
Concepts Mentioned – Harmony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony
Concepts Mentioned – Melody – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melody
Concepts Mentioned – Musique concrète – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musique_concr%C3%A8te
Concepts Mentioned – Orchestration – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestration
Concepts Mentioned – Percussion Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion_instrument
Concepts Mentioned – Scherzo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scherzo
Concepts Mentioned – 17th Century Ballad – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadside_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – String Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Transformation of Themes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thematic_transformation
Concepts Mentioned – Woodwind Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodwind_instrument

Instrument Mentioned – Bassoon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon
Instrument Mentioned – Celeste – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celesta
Instrument Mentioned – Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet
Instrument Mentioned – Double Bass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Bass
Instrument Mentioned – Flute – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flute
Instrument Mentioned – Harmonium – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonium
Instrument Mentioned – Horn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_horn
Instrument Mentioned – Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe
Instrument Mentioned – Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion
Instrument Mentioned – Piano – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano
Instrument Mentioned – Timpani – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpani
Instrument Mentioned – Trombone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombone
Instrument Mentioned – Trumpet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet
Instrument Mentioned – Tuba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuba
Instrument Mentioned – Viola – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola
Instrument Mentioned – Violin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin
Instrument Mentioned – Violoncello – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cello
Instrument Mentioned – Wagner Tuba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagner_tuba

Musical Society Mentioned – Society for Private Musical Performances – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Private_Musical_Performances

Musical Text Mentioned – New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grove_Dictionary_of_Music_and_Musicians

Musicians Mentioned – Robert Haas – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Haas_(musicologist)
Musicians Mentioned – Eugen Jochum – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Jochum
Musicians Mentioned – Herbert Von Karajan – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_von_Karajan
Musicians Mentioned – Ferdinand Löwe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_L%C3%B6we
Musicians Mentioned – Arthur Nikisch – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Nikisch
Musicians Mentioned – Leopold Nowak – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Nowak
Musicians Mentioned – Franz Schalk – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schalk


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