The Afterlife

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A Radio Times entry for The Afterlife

The Afterlife ("The Great Adventure")[1] is the third of four Inventions for Radio by Barry Bermange for which Delia created the electronic musical backgrounds.

The third in a cycle of inventions for radio by Barry Bermange, in collaboration with the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Produced by David Thomson. "This programme is an attempt to reconstruct in sound the spiritualistic vision of Death and Eternity. It is conceived as a dream of Death. Using the montage process of his earlier programmes, 'The Dreams' and 'Amor Dei', the author has arranged in settings of electronic sound a collection of voices recorded from life. There are four movements." Radio Times. "Actuality" voices recorded in co-operation with the Old People's Welfare Council, Hornsey.[2]


It is in four movements:

1. "Death is going from shadow into reality" (7:47)

The Afterlife - 1 - Spectrogram.jpg

2. "It's just like going to sleep" (11:09)

The Afterlife - 2 - Spectrogram.jpg

3. "Light. Everywhere is light." (10:30)

The Afterlife - 3 - Spectrogram.jpg

4. "Death is just a changing" (10:14)

The Afterlife - 4 - Spectrogram.jpg

and an abridged "transcription" version was prepared for broadcast outside the U.K.




  • First broadcast 1 April 1965.[3]
  • Rebroadcast in the mid 1970s.
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on 2 reels of tape TRW 6216.[4]
  • The transcription version is on tape TRW 6316.[4][5]
  • A trailer is on tape TRW 6284.[6]
  • All four Inventions for Radio can be bought from Norman Records on 6 vinyl records for a mere two hundred pounds.


  1. Subtitle in the BBC Radiophonic Archive - surviving work catalogue
  2. Radio Times, 1st April 1965.
  3. BBC Programme Catalogue entry for The Afterlife
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Tape Library List entry for TRW 6216.
  5. The Tape Library List entry for TRW 6316.
  6. The Tape Library List entry for TRW 6284: "The After Life Trailer".