Psycho Delia (In Memory Of Delia Derbyshire)

Sunday Synth Jam: Synthesist Tim Porter shared the music video for Psycho Delia, a Berlin School tribute to electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire.

Created in Beatmaker 3, using:

Bass: iSEM
Pad: Syntronik
Lead: Audiokit Digital D1
Percussion & Effects: samples processed in BM3 with Kosmonaut
Sweep: Synth 1 (in Ableton)
Voice: Delia Derbyshire

11 thoughts on “Psycho Delia (In Memory Of Delia Derbyshire)

  1. I liked this a lot. Nicely understated.
    It’s refreshing to hear something that doesn’t have an 808 bass drum beat every quarter note.

  2. i don’t know but for a tribute it is quite strange to pick a style of music that came into fashion around the time Derbyshire stopped making music and started drinking instead.

        1. Funny that you’d get hung up on that when it’s so common in music to do tributes that in no way emulate the original composer’s style.

          In classical music, see Rachmaninnof’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. In the world of electronic music, see about half of Klaus Schulze’s output.

          The point isn’t to do a knockoff of the composer’s style, but do create your own thing and share where your inspirations take you.

          I thought the piece was tastefully done and made good use of her voice, and was especially impressed by the fact that they’re doing Berlin School music, and doing it pretty well, on an iPad.

          1. again, i don’t think that a tribute should copy, emulate or knockoff their style. that’s not what correlation means. it could be black metal. especially her later life i’m sure could be properly honored with some DSBM.
            but if somebody takes inspiration from who they -think- she was and make a piece based on that, but there is no correlation to who she -actually- was, then ultimately, it’s not about her, but about themselves. kind of like the Death Triology by Gus Van Sant is really only about himself and not about Kurt Cobain etc.

    1. Really enjoyed that.

      In college we had to tape splice Beatles songs for one of our final projects.
      4:36 – 4:45 pretty much the basis of my approach and use of bpm/millisecond values in my work flow.
      When I first started to understand the correlation of milliseconds to note values in the context of a given bpm
      and how to manipulate any sound accordingly, it’s like a new language. Letters make words, words make sentences, etc, etc. Thanks for the link.

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