Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Delia Derbyshire



Taken from delia-derbyshire.org:

'In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company DID NOT employ women in their recording studios...In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there - an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless,granted. Delia remained 'temporarily attached' for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues...Within a matter of months she had created her recording of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme, one of the most famous and instantly recognisable TV themes ever. On first hearing it Grainer was tickled pink: "Did I really write this?" he asked. "Most of it," replied Derbyshire.'

To see a clip from a BBC documentary about the Radiophonic Workshop, which includes Derbyshire's music, click here

Delia Derbyshire - Dreams (edit B).mp3
This is really spooky and evocative. Taken from a 45 minute piece...

Delia Derbyshire - Tutankhamun's Egypt.mp3
from the website: 'It's a full-on Delian trip... starting with trumpet calls from a 1939 recording of the silver trumpet found in Tutankhamun's burial chamber'

Delia Derbyshire - Moogies Bloogies.mp3
early UK hip hop? I think so...

Delia Derbyshire - Delia's Theme.mp3

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