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[[Time On Our Hands]] is Delia's theme music, created in 1962, for a 70-minute BBC television documentary of the same name "on the problems of increased leisure in the automated world of the future. Pure electronic sound."<ref>The [[Tape Library List]].</ref>
 
[[Time On Our Hands]] is Delia's theme music, created in 1962, for a 70-minute BBC television documentary of the same name "on the problems of increased leisure in the automated world of the future. Pure electronic sound."<ref>The [[Tape Library List]].</ref>
  
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The programme was produced by [[Don Haworth]] and directed by [[Pieter Morpurgo]]<ref name=bfi/> and is described as a
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Documentary made in 1963, which projected the viewer 25 years into the future to 14th Sept. 1988, to look back over the events of the past 25 years. With Kingsley Amis, Stafford Beer, [[Aldous Huxley]], Franklin Medhurst and Raymond Williams.<ref name=bfi>[http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/370300 The British Film Institute's Film &amp; TV Database's entry for ''Time On Our Hands'']</ref>
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Robin Carmody writes:
 
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One of her earliest contributions - "Time On Our Hands" - is a superb
 
One of her earliest contributions - "Time On Our Hands" - is a superb
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The programme was produced by [[Don Haworth]] and directed by [[Pieter Morpurgo]]<ref name=bfi/> and is described as a
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and Delia said:
 
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Documentary made in 1963, which projected the viewer 25 years into the future to 14th Sept. 1988, to look back over the events of the past 25 years. With Kingsley Amis, Stafford Beer, Aldous Huxley, Franklin Medhurst and Raymond Williams.<ref name=bfi>[http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/370300 The British Film Institute's Film &amp; TV Database's entry for ''Time On Our Hands'']</ref>
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<I>I had only done one other television programme before [[Doctor Who]], called [[Time On Our Hands]], using beautiful abstract electronic sounds. So I was very inexperienced, but making something from nothing was my secret.</I><ref>The [[Soundhouse interview]]</ref>
 
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In 2008, a second piece made by Delia for the programme was published on [[The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective]], entitled ''[[City Music]]'', presumably her incidental music for scenes inside the programme.
<I>I had only done one other television programme before &#91;[[Doctor Who]]&#93;, called [[Time On Our Hands]], using beautiful abstract electronic sounds. So I was very inexperienced, but making something from nothing was my secret.</I><ref>The [[Soundhouse interview]]</ref>
 
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In 2008, a second piece made by Delia for the programme was published on [[The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective]], entitled ''[[City Music]]'', presumably her incidental music for scenes inside the programme.
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=Copyright=
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Under UK law, audio recordings made before 1963 are in the public domain.<ref name=OMAFAQ>[http://www.openmusicarchive.org/faq.php The Open Music Archive's FAQ].</ref>
  
 
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* [[DD162136]]: Delia's handwritten plan for the music to the programme
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* [[DD162151]]: Notes
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Image:DD161912.jpg|[[DD161912]]: TOOH is mentioned in Delia's notes for [[Closed Planet]]
* [[DD162212]]: Diagram
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Image:DD162136.jpg|[[DD162136]]: Cue sheet (5 cues)
* [[DD162222]]: Diagram
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Image:DD162151.jpg|[[DD162151]]: Timings for "Sc 1 & 2", "Sc. 54" and "Close"
* [[DD162239]]: "Tape one / Tape 2 / Tape 3"
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Image:DD162408.jpg|[[DD162408]]: "TOOH" Timing diagrams and descriptive text
* [[DD162259]]: Diagram
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Image:DD162502.jpg|[[DD162502]]: "TOOH" Tape lengths and timing diagram
* [[DD162324]]: Chords and tunings
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Image:DD162259.jpg|[[DD162259]]: Diagram "(1)"
* [[DD162347]]: Notes "Tape 4, Lookings up"
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Image:DD162222.jpg|[[DD162222]]: Diagram "Page 2"
* [[DD162408]]: Timing diagrams and descriptive text
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Image:DD162212.jpg|[[DD162212]]: Diagram "Page 3"
* [[DD162447]]: Chord sequence for "H continuo tape 1 (loop)"
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Image:DD162447.jpg|[[DD162447]]: "TOOH H Continuo tape 1 (loop)"
* [[DD162502]]: Tape lengths and timing diagram
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Image:DD162239.jpg|[[DD162239]]: "TOOH Q1 - Tape one / Tape 2 / Tape 3"
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Image:DD162347.jpg|[[DD162347]]: "Tape 4, Lookings up" - Table of frequencies °Unused children llking up boshes on tape 4"
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Image:DD162324.jpg|[[DD162324]]: "TOOH Q2" Chords and tunings
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=Spectrogram=
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{{Spectrogram|Time On Our Hands - Spectrogram}}
  
 
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* In BBC Sound Archive on tape [[TRW 4060]]: Time On Our Hands<ref>The [[Tape Library List]] catalogue entry for [[TRW 4060]].</ref>
 
* In BBC Sound Archive on tape [[TRW 4060]]: Time On Our Hands<ref>The [[Tape Library List]] catalogue entry for [[TRW 4060]].</ref>
 
* In the BBC Sound Archive on [[TRW 4]]: "Examples of work 1961-1964".<ref>The [[Tape Library List]] catalogue entry for [[TRW 4]].</ref>
 
* In the BBC Sound Archive on [[TRW 4]]: "Examples of work 1961-1964".<ref>The [[Tape Library List]] catalogue entry for [[TRW 4]].</ref>
{{Play|Time On Our Hands|from [[BBC Radiophonic Workshop - 21]]}}
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{{Play|Time On Our Hands|from vinyl [[BBC Radiophonic Workshop - 21]]}}
  
 
= References =
 
= References =

Latest revision as of 13:59, 23 December 2021

TOOH, Delia's shorthand for Time On Our Hands

Time On Our Hands is Delia's theme music, created in 1962, for a 70-minute BBC television documentary of the same name "on the problems of increased leisure in the automated world of the future. Pure electronic sound."[1]

The programme was produced by Don Haworth and directed by Pieter Morpurgo[2] and is described as a

Documentary made in 1963, which projected the viewer 25 years into the future to 14th Sept. 1988, to look back over the events of the past 25 years. With Kingsley Amis, Stafford Beer, Aldous Huxley, Franklin Medhurst and Raymond Williams.[2]

Robin Carmody writes:

One of her earliest contributions - "Time On Our Hands" - is a superb subversion of a phrase which would normally evoke (especially in the context of 1962) new-found affluence, spare time and leisure, now rendered alienated, distant and isolated.[3]

and Delia said:

I had only done one other television programme before Doctor Who, called Time On Our Hands, using beautiful abstract electronic sounds. So I was very inexperienced, but making something from nothing was my secret.[4]

In 2008, a second piece made by Delia for the programme was published on The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective, entitled City Music, presumably her incidental music for scenes inside the programme.

Copyright

Under UK law, audio recordings made before 1963 are in the public domain.[5]

Papers

Spectrogram

Time On Our Hands - Spectrogram.jpg

Availability

References