New Delia Derbyshire Project

Delia Derbyshire

Details of the ‘Deliaphonica Soundbank’ have been announced today by the electronic music charity Delia Derbyshire Day. On what would have been Delia’s 80th birthday – Friday 5 May – DD Day will launch an interactive web platform called the Deliaphonica Soundbank, it’s both an online game and a sound library which members of the public can contribute to.

The Delia Derbyshire Day charity, which is based in Manchester, has two excellent and laudable aims: 1. To advance the education of the public in music technology and the history of British electronic music via the archive and works of Delia Derbyshire. 2. To advance the art of British electronic music via the archive and works of Delia Derbyshire.

More news when we get it, but in the meantime here’s more information from the Delia Derbyshire Day people:

How the Deliaphonica Soundbank will work

GAME: Users will be able to play with sounds alongside quirky rhythm loops and melodies that have been composed and prepared by guest musicians and a DD Day team of sound engineers. This is intended as a playful exploratory tool to engage and interact with signatory Delia-n sounds. The Deliaphonica Soundbank online game will be produced by Manchester based artist David Boultbee of BREAD Art. No equipment and prior knowledge is required to engage with this electronic music heritage resource aside from a computer/tablet/phone.
LIBRARY: Sounds can be submitted to the Deliaphonica Soundbank via email between 5 May and 5 September 2017. There will be inspirational material, guidance and instructions on what is a Delia-n sound and how to record and submit your own sound. Once moderated these publicly collected sounds will be added to the bank of Delia-n sounds in the game and maybe even turned into rhythm loops as the project progresses.

Mark Ayres, BBC archivist and composer who is producing a Delia-n melody for the Deliaphonica soundbank, says:

“Delia Derbyshire found music in every sound she heard. From the terrifying thrum of the bombs falling on her home city of Coventry when she was a child, through the endlessly- varying tonalities of the human voice, to the sounds of wild animals and the internal combustion engine. And then, of course, there were the sounds produced when electrical current is passed through valves and transistors before finding its way into the open air via loudspeakers. All you need to capture the same sounds that inspired Delia and her Radiophonic colleagues is a recording device – your mobile phone will do – and your imagination”.

And Dick Mills of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, friend and colleague of Delia’s comments:
“Delia Derbyshire used door-knockers, motor Horns, animal calls and, most famously, a lampshade from which she fashioned mini-musical soundscapes. Why not build up your own personal sound bank account? Make regular favourite musical deposits and ultimately withdraw a truly unique investment – you’ll find plenty of interest along the way!”