This week we're crushing on a lady from the past, Delia Derbyshire.
Derbyshire was a pioneer of electronic music, most well known for co-composing the doctor who theme tune whilst working in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire also created a plethora of her own intricate, other worldly pieces.
We recommend checking out the radio documentary "Sculptress of Sound" about her life. 📻🎙📽🎛🎚👩🏻💼🖤
We'd be lost without him. This is synth prof. Tireless, diligent and brilliant. He's been working on the CS 80 for a long long time to bring it back to life. Last night we reaped the benefits as this contrary and vivid beast literally took over one of our tracks. We're not collectors, we're musicians. This weezing orchestra of electronic waves delivers a sound that makes you want to write for it. Like a piano. Don't let your mouse get ideas above it's station.
Don't update your DAW. Make records, release them, sign your name on something. #analogsynthesizer#blowuphollywood#bombayduborchestra#deliaderbyshire#bbc#sixdegreesrecords#synthesizer#synthprof .com
...having done a couple of hours on the trails this morning (Mt Butler via the Twins to Stanley) and rewarded myself with a chilled young coconut it is time to chill out myself and get even closer to nature with this Delia Derbyshire soundtrack. On Trunk Records there have been a few re-issues but this is her longest piece of recorded music I believe. Relaxing and calming - a great antidote indeed to Hong Kong life!
Delia Derbyshire And Elsa Stansfield – Circle Of Light
Trunk Records, UK, 22 Jul 2016
Experimental, Musique Concrète, Soundtrack
Considering this album was made in 1968, born out of the then pioneering vision of the BBC, David Vorhaus produced one of the most influential albums in modern times. You can hear elements of Gong/Hawkwind/Greenslade and the pioneering synth sounds were to be emulated over many years to come. The first side consists of simple pop tunes, almost tongue-in-cheek novelty which, if it weren't for some very adult content, would fit nicely on children's television. Weird electronic tape loops, quirky vocals, insane drones, and the percussion: drumming that's jazz-influenced yet fed thru all imaginable effects. "Love Without Sound" has to be the first trip-hop song ever recorded... long before hip-hop even existed. "My Game of Loving" is almost pornographic in its raw sexuality. "Here Come The Fleas" is total tripped-out weirdness. And so on and so on... But who needs complex songs, when you have the ingenious electronic wizards Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson in your band? Their talents fully explode into life in the album's second half. "The Visitation" is an abstract, epic tale of doomed lovers and a motorcycle ride gone horribly, horribly wrong. Then, the last track is a "Saucerful of Secrets"-inspired electronic freakout best described by its title, "The Black Mass: An Electric Storm in Hell". Easily the most dangerous and eeriest pieces of music I've ever heard. Another entertaining thing about this album is the fact that it took over a year to record what with all those primitive electronic devices, tape manipulation, and arduous splicing techniques. A landmark experimental recording and an artifact that should be accorded a respected place in the annals of modern music.
✨🎤Here's one for the sound art/new media artists amongst you 🎧✨ .
Whilst up doing a bit of R&D for @doremiresidency I found myself at a Delia Derbyshire day at Octopus Collective in Barrow-in-Furness. Octopus formed in 2009 and have done events all over the place, inc. Liverpool Biennale, Cafe OTO... and they do sound art residencies!! .
Pictured is The Architects of Rosslyn playing on instruments developed by Delia D for 'The Legend of Hell House' soundtrack - I might not know much about sound art but they had me at 👻
Circle of Light, a weird and esoteric 1972 film that sort of blew my mind💥...a slideshow-photographs on glass by photographer Pamela Bone, set to an abstract soundtrack by #DeliaDerbyshire#lovewithoutsound .....soooooo gooooood...