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Delia Derbyshire

On Tueday 30th June Radio 4 Extra is repeating Blue Veils & Golden Sands – the remarkable story of pioneering BBC Radiophonic Workshop music composer Delia Derbyshire.

First broadcast on Radio 4, 2002.  Sophie Thompson plays Delia.

11.15 – 12:00, repeated  21:15 – 22:00, after which it should be available on the BBC iPlayer for a month.

Delia  Derbyshire ( 1937 –  2001) was an English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. She is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer’s theme music for  Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Full story : http://northstar.boards.net/thread/147/delia-derbyshire-radio-extra-30

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“The Plan Is Working…”

“The Plan Is Working…”  from the forthcoming Frankenstein Sound Lab mini-album  Austerity.

A sort of musique concrete piece built around voice samples and featuring your friends and mine David Camoron and Iain Drunken Smith.

I’m doing the final mixing on the other 3 tracks, and they should be available for free download in the near future.

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Almanac – May 05

1901 – Blind Willie McTell born (probably – the year 1898 is also given).  Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist.

He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively.

McTell was also an adept slide guitarist,  and his vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta bluesmen, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

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1937 – Delia Derbyshire born.  English musician and composer of electronic music  and musique concrète.

She is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer‘s theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

When Grainer first heard it, he was so amazed by her rendering of his theme that he asked “Did I really write this?” to which Derbyshire replied “Most of it”. 

Grainer attempted to get her a co-composer credit but the attempt was prevented by the BBC bureaucracy, who then preferred to keep the members of the Workshop anonymous.

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