Episode 30 – Series 16, Part I – Dudley Simpson and the Ribos Operation

In this episode we’ll be looking at the music of the Doctor’s composer Dudley Simpson focusing on his work on Series 16, the Key to Time. We will examine his work on Serial 5A – Story 98 – The Ribos Operation, a 4-part story which originally aired between the 2nd of September and the 23rd of September 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, 13 December, 2010 – http://hooonwho.libsyn.com/episode-33-the-ribos-operation-enhanced- as well as THE KRYNOID PODCAST on Monday, 14 November 2011 – http://krynoid.blog.co.uk/2011/11/14/025-the-ribos-operation-12167134/


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

The Key to Time – The Ribos Operation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ribos_Operation

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)

Historical Figures Mentioned – Nikolai Kopernik – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
Historical Figures Mentioned – Galileo Galilei – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei
Historical Figures Mentioned – Vincenzo Galilei – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincenzo_Galilei
Historical Periods Mentioned – The Middle Ages – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Ages
Historical Periods Mentioned – The Renaissance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

People Mentioned – Tom Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker
People Mentioned – John Leeson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leeson
People Mentioned – Anthony Reed – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Read
People Mentioned – Mary Tamm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tamm
People Mentioned – Graham_Williams – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Williams

Concepts Mentioned – Consonance & Dissonance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonance_and_dissonance
Concepts Mentioned – Musical Modes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_mode
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Glissando – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glissando
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Pizzicato – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pizzicato
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Tremolo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremolo
Concepts Mentioned – Timbre (pronounced ‘tæmbər’) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre

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 – Horn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_horn
Instrument Mentioned – Orchestral Bells – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glockenspiel
Instrument Mentioned – Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion
Instrument Mentioned – Pipe Organ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organ
Instrument Mentioned – Portative Organ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portative_organ
Instrument Mentioned – Positive Organ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_organ
Instrument Mentioned – Timpani – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpani
Instrument Mentioned – Trumpet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet
Instrument Mentioned – Violoncello – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cello


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