DD155222 is a publicity-style description of the Doctor Who title music.
DR. WHO ------- title music by Ron Grainer with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop The most remarkable thing about the Dr. Who title music is that nobody played it - there were no instrumentalists, no group! Neither was it picked up by radio telescope from outer space, nor was it beamed directly onto the recording tape as electronic waves from the brain of its composer, Ron Grainer. The answer is to be found in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop at Maida Vale. It was here that, working from Ron Grainer's score, the music was constructed note by note, with infinite patience, and without the use of any live instrumentalists whatsoever. But what does such a score look like - is it a series of undecipherable hieroglyphics set out on logarithmic graph paper? No - in fact in this case it was not far removed from a regular music score except for certain rather abstract indications of tonal quality such as "clouds", "wind bubble" etc,. and subsequently a rather awe-inspiring superscription of long decimal numbers denoting decibels, cycles per second and inches of tape. Working from this score then, the basic sound elements were individually recorded from various electronic sources of sound such as sine and square wave oscillators, a white noise generator and a special beat frequency oscillator known as the wobbulator. These raw, elemental sounds were then intricately cut, shaped, filtered and manipulated in various ways until finally the separate tracks were ready to be mixed and synchronized. The resulting catchy sound, which can be heard every week introducing Dr. Who on BBC Television, has now been issued as a commercial recording. -----------------------