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October 28, 2002

Delia Derbyshire

The Queen of The Radiophonic Workshop has got a site.

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 28, 2002 11:46 AM

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Thought you may be interested in this.
Radio 4 did a play on Delia earlier today and I for one thought it was simply brill. So if you get your skates on you can listen to it yourself on the R4 site.

Here's the schpeel regarding the play:
Blue Veils And Golden Sands.
By Martyn Wade.

The pioneering work of Delia Derbyshire, one of the founder members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [1937-2001], is explored in this creative bio-pic of her life and music. The play has been written with ex Radiophonic composer, Elizabeth Parker, acting as musical advisor and she has written the soundscore for the programme.

Posted by: Michael Gilligan at December 23, 2002 10:01 PM

i really liked this play 2 and did an internet search for DD and her site is fab with clips and stuff.

Posted by: woofti at December 24, 2002 04:43 PM

a brilliant play, also very sad. D.D. didnt get the recognition she waranted from the RWS, see mount vernon arts lab, (d. mulholland )he knew delia towards the end of her life and i am going to interview him for the next publication of the dedworth echo.

Posted by: ann shenton at August 12, 2003 03:29 PM

Can you tell me how I go about getting my mits on issues of the Dedworth Echo?

Thought the play and the recent BBC FOUR doc were brilliant, the latter particularly for the mysterious guy in the background and the 'Your t.v is now a radio' moments!

It's just ironic that the BBC are putting out programmes that reveal how the old BBC undervalued its innovators as well as its own archives (ie: Not Only But Also, etc). Hope it never happens again!

Posted by: Alasdair Dickson at November 25, 2003 09:30 PM

p.s: What HAS happened to deliaderbyshire.org site?!

Posted by: Alasdair Dickson at November 27, 2003 02:53 PM


The former Spaceman 3 is;



Strange sounds - Theremin, modular analogue synths, insect noise, the human voice plus video projection - SONIC BOOM mixes improvisation with structure to create tight freedom.

Included will be a piece called Synchrondipity Part 2 using many of the favourite sounds of Northampton resident Delia Derbyshire who SONIC BOOM was working with shortly before her death.

Delia is best known as a founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and as the person who created the Dr Who theme from Ron Grainger’s score
The only E.A.R UK 2004 GIG
Door £4.50

E-mail thelioncub@dickiep.plus.com tel 07906 243813

Posted by: richard powell at December 30, 2003 06:46 PM

The Delia Derbyshire site is largely back, and will be fully restored and probably expanded soon.

Short explanation - original domain registrar 'disappeared', taking control of domain with them. Domain got picked up by squatter while reclaiming process was underway... Squatter made demand for $1000.

New domain: http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/

This time registered through reputable company...

Posted by: mark deal at January 23, 2004 12:04 PM

If sonic boom ever reads this page(see sonic gig ad)hello from ann (addntox) remember the gig in the scotish nuclear bunker with mr. mulholland?

Posted by: annshenton at February 20, 2004 03:22 PM

A much-welcome repeat of the Alchemists of Sound doc is on BBC FOUR in June for anyone who missed it:


Posted by: Alasdair Dickson at June 8, 2004 06:25 PM

...and there was a teriffic doc on Peter Zinovieff on Radio 4 this week! You can hear it again via this link:


Posted by: Alasdair Dickson at June 16, 2004 04:02 PM

I've just got into Delia recently, missed the R4 play but caght the BBC4 Docu. Does anyone have the play on tape? Looking forward to the stage play in Glasgow soon. Will review it. Can anyone help me with the tape?

Posted by: Terry A Brady at August 13, 2004 09:59 AM

Delia Derbyshire has got another site!


where I have tried to make up the "audiological chronology" missing from delia-derbyshire.org

Suggestions, additions, improvements welcome

All the best


Posted by: Martin Guy at August 19, 2004 02:05 PM

I caught "Standing wave" at the tron theatre in Glasgow last week and thought it was excellent. At the end of the play they played some more of Delia's work and a variety of original compositions in hommage to one of electronic musics greatest pioneers. I believe it is touring the rest of the UK in 2005.

Posted by: Craig at October 25, 2004 10:34 AM

Just seen the R4 play posted as a torrent here:


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