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Sonic Daisy: radiophonic satire

August 25, 2010

To return to a whole cluster of my favourite subjects – radio drama, sound design and the BBC – I’ve excerpted the passage from the first episode of Chris Morris’s incomparable On The Hour where the creative use of sound effects in broadcasting (earning the producer, according to the report, something called a “Sonic Daisy” award) are deftly parodied.
Susan’s Regrets (mp3)

The Radiophonic Workshop itself was not completely averse to self-parody even from its inception (approaching work on the Goon Show and Beckett’s radio play with equal willingness and good humour), and this little clip stands as quite a nice monument to the Workshop’s later years.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jen permalink
    October 15, 2010 2:25 am

    i listened to susan’s regret, but i don’t really get it. i’m not british, is it something i’d get if i were?

  2. November 17, 2014 11:11 am

    I think its less a satire of the Radiophonic Workshop and more a satire of productions that over use such facilities….A cross between the kitchen sink drama of Alan Bennett and the over”Private Dreams and Public Nightmares” for instance? Also, although there is no proof, would this not have been made at Workshop? Didn’t “On The Hour” come before the dreaded Producer Choice nightmare that killed the Workshop?

    • November 18, 2014 3:01 am

      I think you’re absolutely right. Nothing against the Workshop anyway, which as I said could be pretty self-satirizing, even in the earliest days.

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