Andrew Poppy: 32 Frames for orchestra
Andrew Poppy: Almost the same shame
Sir John Tavener: The Lamb
Anne Dudley: Into battle (World premiere)
Steve Martland: Remix
Michael Nyman: Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds from The Draughtsman's Contract
Anne Dudley: rhythm of a decade

A brand-new one-off documentary soundtrack to the decade you either love, or love to hate.

The me-ness; the clichés; the excess; the money; the miners. BBC Concert Orchestra explores the mixed-up, show-off world of the 1980s with Paul Morley and Anne Dudley, founder members of pioneering pop conceptualists Art of Noise.

The debut 1983 Art of Noise EP Into Battle with the Art of Noise with its definitive electronic and sampling elements is stripped bare as it's transformed into a defiantly non-electronic orchestral suite.

We take crossover to 1980s heights with ZTT composer Andrew Poppy's 32 Frames for Orchestra.

How did we get to the eighties? What happened when we were the eighties? How do we remember the eighties? Music guru Paul Morley asks the questions as we move from pop to minimalism to unpick, unravel and reframe the music of the decade in a brand-new documentary soundtrack composed by Anne Dudley.

Classical meets synth-pop as we search through a variety of possible 1980s and the progress of rhythm in a post-sampler, post-drum machine, post-minimalist and post-remix world.

6.15pm – 7pm
1980s: The Electronic Music Decade
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Free event

Electronic music artist, producer and pioneer Martyn Ware (founder member of The Human League, Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation) presents a lively and engaging discussion about the use and development of electronic synthesisers and the nature and meaning of electronic music throughout the 1980s.

Martyn demonstrates the first two monophonic synthesisers he owned, which helped to create his seminal early Human League albums Reproduction and Travelogue.

The broad ranging and informal discussion is enhanced by Martyn's guest Peter Howell, one of the earliest members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who is a leading expert in modular synthesisers made by Roland, Arp and EMS from that period.

There is plenty of time towards the end of the session for Q&As, and there may even be a chance for members of the audience to come and experiment with the sounds of the decade.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Richard Balcombe conductor
Andrew Poppy piano
Anne Dudley keyboards
Paul Morley presenter