Episode 33 – Series 16, Part IV – Dudley Simpson and the Androids of Tara

In this episodewe’ll be looking at the music of the Doctor’s composer Dudley Simpson focusing on his work on Series 16, the Key to Time. In this episode we will look at his work on Serial 5D – Story 101 – The Androids of Tara, a 4-part story which originally aired between the 25th of November and the 16th of December, 1978 on BBC One.


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, visithttp://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 orhttp://www.phillipwserna.com/.

NOTE: This episode aired as a segment on the HOO ON WHO PODCAST on Monday, 14 March, 2011 – http://hooonwho.libsyn.com/episode-36-the-androids-of-tara-enhanced-


Dudley Simpson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Simpson

The Key to Time – The Androids of Tara – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Androids_of_Tara

Restoration Team – The Key to Time –http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/KeyToTime.htm

Purchase Doctor Who – The Key to Time – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001K2KM9Q/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_xu5cpb0B123MG (US) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002TOKFNM/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Bu5cpb1SYVV82 (UK)

Musical Periods Mentioned – The Renaissance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_music
Musical Periods Mentioned – The Baroque – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroque_music

Locations Mentioned – Leeds Castle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_Castle

People Mentioned – Tom Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker
People Mentioned – Richard Bignell – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bignell
People Mentioned – Steve Broster – http://whospecialfeatures.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Steve_Broster
People Mentioned – David Fisher – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Fisher_(writer)
People Mentioned – Michael Hayes
People Mentioned – Peter Jeffery – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Jeffrey
People Mentioned – John Leeson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leeson
People Mentioned – Anthony Read – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Read
People Mentioned – Tom Spilsbury – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Spilsbury
People Mentioned – Edward Stradling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Stradling
People Mentioned – Mary Tamm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tamm
People Mentioned – Graham_Williams – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Williams

Concepts Mentioned – 2 Against 3 Polyrhythm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyrythm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Polyrhythm.mid)
Concepts Mentioned – Basso continuo/ Figured Bass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figured_bass
Concepts Mentioned – Hemiola – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemiola
Concepts Mentioned – History of Music Publishing – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_music_publishing
Concepts Mentioned – The Historically Informed Performance (HIP) Movement – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historically_informed_performance
Concepts Mentioned – Leitmotif – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitmotif
Concepts Mentioned – Luthiers – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luthier
Concepts Mentioned – Meter – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Orchestration – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestration
Concepts Mentioned – Percussion Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion_instrument
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Extended Techniques – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrended_techniques
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Tremolo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremolo
Concepts Mentioned – Rhythm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm
Concepts Mentioned – Time Signature – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_signature
Concepts Mentioned – Timbre (pronounced ‘tæmbər’) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre

Instruments Mentioned – Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet
Instruments Mentioned – Fortepiano – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortepiano
Instruments Mentioned – Harpsichord – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpsichord
Instruments Mentioned – Horn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_horn
Instruments Mentioned – Orchestral Bells – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glockenspiel
Instruments Mentioned – Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion
Instruments Mentioned – Pianoforte- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pianoforte
Instruments Mentioned – Pipe Organ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organ
Instruments Mentioned – Spinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinet
Instruments Mentioned – Trumpet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet
Instruments Mentioned – Vibraphone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibraphone
Instruments Mentioned – Violin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin
Instruments Mentioned – Violoncello – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cello
Instruments Mentioned – Virginals – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginals

Composers Mentioned – Johann Sebastian Bach – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach
Composers Mentioned – Manuel de Falla – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_de_Falla
Composers Mentioned – Philip Glass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass
Composers Mentioned – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Miko%C5%82aj_G%C3%B3recki
Composers Mentioned – Bohuslav Martinů – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohuslav_Martin%C5%AF
Composers Mentioned – Francis Poulenc – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Poulenc
Composers Mentioned – Elliott Carter – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Carter
Composers Mentioned – Henri Dutilleux – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Dutilleux
Composers Mentioned – György Ligeti – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_Ligeti
Composers Mentioned – Alfred Schnittke – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Schnittke
Composers Mentioned – Dmitri Shostakovich – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich
Composers Mentioned – Richard Wagner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagner

Compositional Genres Mentioned – Dance Suite – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suite
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Fantasia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_(music)
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Fugue – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugue

Musical Collections Mentioned – Harmonice Musices Odhecaton – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odhecaton

Harpsichord Builders – William Dowd – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Dowd
Harpsichord Builders – Frank Hubbard – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hubbard
Harpsichord Builders – Martin Skowroneck

Musical Figures Mentioned – Arnold Dolmetsch – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Dolmetsch
Musical Figures Mentioned – Violet Gordon-Woodhouse – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Gordon-Woodhouse
Musical Figures Mentioned – Wanda Landowska – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_Landowska
Musical Figures Mentioned – Ottaviano Petrucci – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottaviano_Petrucci


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