Delia Derbyshire

About 10 years ago me and some friends began collecting the early work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and I was lucky enough to be asked to do the artwork for the Rephlex compilation that came out in 2003. Of all the composers/technicians that worked at the studios, Delia Derbyshire has always been the most fascinating to me, and probably my favourite song of hers is ‘Ziwzih Ziwzih Oo-Oo-Oo’ which was made for The Prophet, a BBC adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s story, Reason. (Sadly, the tv recording of The Prophet was wiped by the BBC during the 70s.)

Last week, Derbyshire’s archivist revealed that she left behind 267 tapes of unreleased recordings which he is currently converting to digital and plans to make available online. Derbyshire’s manipulation of sound has always been regarded as visionary and pioneering, but one of the tracks that was revealed just left me dumbstruck. Remember, this is the late 60s…

And here she is, beatmixing…

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