Delia Derbyshire: Experiments in Sound and Documentary

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


A programme of films featuring music and sound design by Delia Derbyshire, introduced by David Butler. Delia Derbyshire crafted astonishing, rich, otherworldly electronic sounds at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using effects and tape-to-tape sampling and manipulation. She’s most famous for realising the very first version of the Doctor Who theme. Join us as we celebrate what would have been her 80th birthday year and screen examples of her post-BBC work, typically accompanying impressionistic, independent documentaries on the arts such as Circle of Light – The Photography of Pamela Bone (1972) by Anthony Roland. Derbyshire’s spooky, sci-fi aesthetic took on very different resonances and sometimes included unadorned piano. The programme also includes titles by Elisabeth Kozmian-Ledward, Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield, plus the bonus of a new work (set to a collage by David Butler of very rare Derbyshire sounds) by Mary Stark.
Period12 Jul 2017
Held atNational Film Theatre (BFI), United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational