On This Day (January 30)…Happy Birthday, Paddy Kingsland!

The composer Paddy Kingsland was born on this day in 1947.

Paddy Kingsland
Kingsland at work. Retrieved from here.

Kingsland is famous for his work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a group of technologically-inclined composers who provided BBC’s TV and radio productions with sound effects. Known as “the British Kraftwerk”, this group was particularly noted for their work on one of the most well-known and most-loved British science fiction shows, Doctor Who. The workshop disbanded in 1998, but several members, Kingsland included, reinvented themselves once again in 2009 when they began performing live at British music festivals.

Kingsland in particular is associated with the Radiophonic Workshop’s work on the 1981 TV production of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He also composed incidental episodes for eight Doctor Who serials in his own right between 1980 and 1984.

A personal favorite of mine.

Kingsland also composed for other television and film works. He was a BAFTA nominee in 1990 for his score on Around the World in 80 Days, a 1989 BBC documentary series starring Michael Palin. However, he lost out to Christopher Gunning for his work on Poirot.

From those of us at Gotta Hear ’em All, we’re wishing Mr. Kingsland a very happy birthday! We hope it’s a good one this year.

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