Sci-Fi Sound Effects
 

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By:Dick Mills
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Note:Contains a selection of 81 sound effects culled from several BBC sci-fi programmes — the biggest number come from Blake's 7 but there are also 15 effects from Doctor Who (all from Season 18), plus various effects from two radio series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Earthsearch.

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Edition: UK (LP)
Released:  December 1981
Publisher:  BBC Records
Format: 1 x LP
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Note:  Catalogue number: REC 420

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Track listing:
(Rather than list all 81 tracks, I have displayed only the Doctor Who tracks. All are composed/performed by Dick Mills.)

  1. Earth Shuttle Arriving (from The Leisure Hive)
  2. Argolis Exterior Atmosphere (from The Leisure Hive)
  3. Flock Of Bats (from State of Decay)
  4. Laboratory Descends, Gaztak Spaceship Takes Off (from Meglos)
  5. Dodecahedron Energy Beams (from Meglos)
  6. Marshmen Emerge from the Mistfall (from Full Circle)
  7. Respirator Room background in Spaceship (from Warriors' Gate)
  8. Time Winds (from Warriors' Gate)
  9. Alarm (from The Keeper of Traken)
  10. Electronic Storm (from The Keeper of Traken)
  11. Cloister Bell In The TARDIS (from Logopolis)
  12. The Master's TARDIS Lands (from Logopolis)
  13. The Master's TARDIS Take Off (from Logopolis)
  14. TARDIS 'Out Of Time Slip' (from Logopolis)
  15. TARDIS 'Into Time Slip' (from Logopolis)

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Edition: UK (cassette)
Released:  December 1981
Publisher:  BBC Records
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: ZCM 420

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Edition: US (LP)
Released:  December 1981 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  BBC Records
Format: 1 x LP
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Note:  Catalogue number: BBC 22420

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Edition: UK (1st CD)
Title:  Essential Science Fiction Sound Effects Vol 1
Released:  February 1991
Publisher:  BBC Records
Format: 1 x CD
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Note:  Retitled Essential Science Fiction Sound Effects Vol 1. There was a Volume 2 also released, however it did not contain any Doctor Who sound effects, hence is not listed on this site. Catalogue number BBCCD 847. Despite what the cover blurb says, Earthsearch was first broadcast in 1981, not 1980.

Cover blurb:
1 THE HITCH-HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Tracks 1-15*

2 DR WHO
Tracks 16-30**

3 BLAKE'S 7
(1981 Series)
Tracks 31-36**

4 BLAKE'S 7
(From The First Three Series)
Tracks 37-61*

5 EARTH SEARCH
(From The 1980 Series)
Tracks 62-81**

* Mono
** Stereo

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Edition: UK (2nd CD)
Released:  April 2013
Publisher:  BBC Audio
Format: 1 x CD
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Note:  Part of the BBC's "Vintage Beeb" range, which is re-releasing old BBC LPs on CD with the original vintage artwork and a "vinyl-looking" CD. This is the third such release related to Doctor Who, the others being Genesis of the Daleks in 2011 and Doctor Who Sound Effects in 2012.

Cover blurb:
A classic album of 1970s and 1980s BBC sci-fi sound effects, remastered for CD with original sleeve notes and artwork

No sci-fi film, TV or radio series is complete without its own unique and ample assemblage of way-out intergalactic sound effects. In the 1970s and 1980s these were made on synthesisers, harmonisers and other electronic sound benders, and constructed with the aid of multiple multi-track tape decks. Each sound was made for a specific event in a specific programme. Yet each one stands on its own, whether it be a straightforward laser or plasma blaster, or a spacecraft crashing into the sea of a hitherto unknown planet.

Reproduced here are classic sounds used by the immortal Doctor Who, the intrepid Blake's 7, the zany intergalactic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the fantastical Earthsearch. Landing the TARDIS or blasting away with a laser cannon is now within the reach of us all.

Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD for the first time ever.


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