Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes

A new film, Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes, offers a unique take on the late electronic music pioneer.

The film, directed by Caroline Catz, is described as a ‘psycho-acoustic exploration’ of Derbyshire and debuts Thursday Oct 15, 2020 as part of the BFI London Film Festival. It mixes vintage audio and footage of Derbyshire with interviews, live performances by the director and more.

Here’s the official summary of the film:

‘Radio was the most important thing in my life and music, music, music!’

A true pioneer in audio exploration and psycho-acoustics, Delia Derbyshire conceived one of the most familiar compositions in science fiction, the Doctor Who theme, while working in a BBC basement. Her soundscapes felt like they connected to another realm.

Kicking off with the discovery of 267 tapes in an attic, along with a treasure trove of journals hidden in her childhood bedroom, this film tunes in to Derbyshire’s frequency; that of a life-long non-conformist, whose peals of laughter in an archive interview tickle with delight and eccentricity.

Featuring a rich archive, interviews, fictional embodiment and Cosey Fanni Tutti’s psycho-sonic channelling, director Caroline Catz traces acoustic pathways on her archeological dig into Derbyshire’s resonant life.

via Sonic State

One thought on “Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes

  1. “BFI Player screenings are available to view in the UK only.” Bummer!

    Hope they make it available internationally afterwards at some point. DD4Life.

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