‘The Delian Mode’ documentary explores the work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire

Looking for something a bit different to watch this Easter Monday?

Produced in 2009, The Delian Mode is a fascinating snapshot of the life and work of Delia Derbyshire, a pioneering composer of electronic music; perhaps best known by her theme tune for Doctor Who, which was recorded in 1963 at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, long before the creation of even the most basic analog synthesisers.

But her contribution to music goes well beyond that – with a series of sonic experiments that were quite literally decades ahead of their time.

Featuring input from Peter Kember, aka Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Ann Shenton of Add N to (X) and Adrian Utley of Portishead – not to mention plenty of clips of Delia herself – it’s a celebration of an electronic explorer who perhaps has become better appreciated since her death in 2001.

Check out the part at around the 4:27 mark, where she creates a prototype drum machine from a single note sample and a series of tape loops… incredible. 🙂

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