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Sonic Visionary Delia Derbyshire Tribute Festival + Theremin

Delia Derbyshire cutting tapes

Delia Derbyshire worked her way into the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the early 1960s, a time when women often were still not allowed to work in recording studios and rarely found in experimental music labs.

In 1963 she produced a landmark work and one of the most famous television themes ever, her electronic realization for Doctor Who. Delia's work incompassed composition and sound design for programs ranging from Science Fiction to Shakespeare, and included found sound, rhythmic tape loop driven, and dance pieces far ahead of their time.

Earlier this year BBC Entertainment News reported that David Butler, of Manchester University's School of Arts, had been restoring and made public "A hidden hoard of recordings made by the electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme ... - including a dance track 20 years ahead of its time."

Before her death in 2001 Derbyshire worked to form an organization and web site to provide information and rescourses for her work. Articles, interviews and recordings are available at

Next weekend, Sept. 19th - 21st, in Coventry a festival in honor of Delia Derbyshire called
"A Thing About Machines" will be presenting works and performances exploring art and music that uses, reinterprets, reviews or renews technology invented in the past 100 years.

As part of the festival ThereminWorld member Alexander Thomas will adding his theremin tribute to this remarkable electronic pioneer!
Ticket Information is available through OTHER ART

Thanks Alexander for the tip in the forum.