The Radiophonic Workshop Tap Delia Derbyshire Archive For Possum Soundtrack

Possum film still

The Radiophonic Workshop have revealed their first-ever film score, an ominous collection of cues for Matthew Holness’ (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Toast of London) directorial debut. Due out tomorrow, Possum “stars Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong, telling the story of a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.” True to its creepy undertones, the soundtrack “mixes pastoral flute with dread synth tones and bowed percussion that connects this to England’s hidden reverse of Coil, as much as the masters of Italian giallo music.”

“[It’s] a testament to The Radiophonic Workshop’s mastery of sound,” Holness said in a press release, “at once unnerving, atmospheric, and deeply moving.”

The score also reflects the collective’s deep roots with sound effects and drones weaved in from the archives of its most influential member, Delia Derbyshire. “The unearthly sounds of this form of radiophonic music are well-suited to atmospheres of paranoia, fear and haunting,” the group explained. “In the best tradition of horror and suspense, this soundtrack adds to the extraordinarily claustrophobic atmosphere between the two central characters with dark scampering and threatening moans.”

Check out one exclusive track below, along with the film’s official trailer and cover art by Ghost Box founder Julian House….

Possum soundtrack album cover

The Radiophonic Workshop
POSSUM Original Soundtrack
(Room 13, October 26th)

1. Verse 1 and Main Titles
2. Arrival Home
3. Smoke Balloons
4. Buried
5. Verse 2, Possum Sting and Undercurrent
6. Going In?
7. A Demonstration
8. Legs 1 and Forest 1
9. Legs 2 and Rumble
10. Forest 2 and Bag Opening
11. Marshland 1 / Anxiety
12. Marshland 2 / Verse 3 and Nightmare 1 / Bedfellows
13. The Fox Story
14. The Fox Story (alternative)
15. The Barracks
16. Newspaper / Stairs
17. Storybook
18. Helpless
19. The Photograph and Fox Return
20. Back from the Dead / Verse 4
21. Nightmare 2
22. Someone at the Door
23. News Report
24. Searching
25. Cracking Up
26. Pursuit
27. Verse 5 / Breakdown
28. Behind the Door / Mummy and Daddy / Possum-Man
29. Devastation
30. Arrival Home and A Demonstration (alternative)
31. The Fox Story (alternative 2)
32. The Barracks (alternative)
33. Storybook (alternative)
34. Helpless (alternative)
35. Pursuit (alternative)
36. Mummy and Daddy (alternative)
37. Devastation (alternative)
38. Opening Titles (early mix)