Langham Research Centre formed in 2003, as producers at BBC Radio 3, based in London’s Langham Place. These were the last days that open-reel tape was used for broadcast. We loved the rich sound of tape, and the tangible personalities and imperfections of tape machines.
We wanted to keep working with tape, and recapture the spirit of the Radiophonic Workshop by making Radio 3 programmes featuring our tape experiments. An early example was Gateshead Multistorey Carpark, entirely made out of the sounds of the infamous Get Carter carpark, processed on tape.
Much like an Early Music group, but working instead with 20th century classic electronic repertoire, LRC specialise in performing works by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Earle Browne and others, particularly repertoire which can only be performed with reel-to-reel tape and other now-obsolete devices.
We create new music from vintage analogue devices: open-reel tape, sine wave oscillators, phonograph cartridges and other discarded technology.
In 2014 we released John Cage Early Electronic And Tape Music on Sub Rosa, featuring previously unreleased John Cage repertoire.