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The Delian Mode - Delia Derbyshire documentary

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    The Delian Mode is a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

    The film features interviews with Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills of the now defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the founder of Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X) as well as other friends and colleagues of Delia.

    Featuring

    Mark Ayres
    Ayres has been composing music for film and television since 1984 and is best known for his work on the most recent Doctor Who programs. He has been responsible for cataloguing, restoring and archiving the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop since its closure in 1998.

    Clive Blackburn
    Blackburn met Delia in 1980 and became her life partner until her death in 2001.

    Brian Hodgson
    Hodgson was employed at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop at the same time as Derbyshire and later became the department’s organizer. He and Delia collaborated on several projects outside the BBC and maintained a life-long friendship.

    Peter Kember
    Kember is a musician who has worked under the names Spectrum, Sonic Boom and E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research). As a result of Kember contacting Derbyshire in the early 1990’s he encouraged her return to music and was one of the last people to collaborate with Delia creatively.

    Dick Mills
    One of the first staff of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Mills worked there for 40 years creating sound effects for radio and television. He assisted Delia in the realization of the Doctor Who theme.

    Ann Shenton
    Part of the now defunct London based electronic band Add N to (X), Shenton currently performs music with the group Large Number. Shenton curates a compilation CD series entitled The Electronic Bible which included the collaborative piece by Derbyshire and Kember recorded in 2000.

    Alan Sutcliffe
    Sutcliffe is one of the founding members of the Computer Arts Society, established to promote the creative use of computers and met Delia at a music conference in the 1960s.

    Adrian Utley
    Ultey is a revered artist in the music world and one of the driving forces behind the popular band Portishead.

    David Vorhaus
    Vorhaus became Derbyshire’s protégé after hearing her lecture on electronic music. The two, along with Brian Hodgson formed the first incarnation of the band White Noise in 1969. The band’s first release was the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm featuring a variety of tape manipulation techniques and use of the VCS3 synthesizer developed by EMS.

    Peter Zinovieff
    Founder of the company EMS (Electronic Music Studios), Zinovieff is a musician and inventor. EMS was at the forefront of using the first computer technology for musical applications and was responsible for the creation of early synthesizers like the VCS3 used by the Radiophonic Workshop and many musical acts including Pink Floyd. Zinovieff briefly collaborated with Brian Hodgson and Delia under the name Unit Delta Plus.
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 2009
    Total Time: 25.10
    Styles: Ambient, Experimental, Industrial, Soundtrack, Synth-Pop
    Formats: Stream
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Adrian Utley
    Alan Sutcliffe
    Ann Shenton
    Brian Hodgson
    Clive Blackburn
    David Vorhaus
    Delia Derbyshire
    Dick Mills
    Mark Ayres
    Peter Kember
    Peter Zinovieff
    Director: Kara Blake
    Producer: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre & Kara Blake
    Soundtrack: Delia Derbyshire
    Editor: Kara Blake
    Cinematography: Philippe Blanchard & Kara Blake
    Sound: Lynne Trépanier & Simon Gervais
    Studio: Philtre Films
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