Today (May 5th, 2017) would have been Delia Derbyshire’s 80th birthday, and it seems her legacy is in good hands with the Delia Derbyshire Day organisation who work closely with the Delia Derbyshire Archive, which is based at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.
The archive contains 267 audio tapes that have been digitised, including make-up tapes (uncovering the process of how Delia made her music) and recordings from radio and albums by the likes of Pink Floyd and Can. The tapes are largely related to Derbyshire’s freelance work as most of her work for the BBC will be kept in the BBC archives. There are also 2 film donations, an interview by Jo Hutton with Delia and a 90 second audio extract from an unmade film around 1980 donated by film maker Elizabeth Kosmian.
The physical items include books (about music and electronic music), working notes, correspondences and letters referring to Delia’s work, sound cue sheets, interview transcriptions and newspaper cuttings as well as childhood school notebooks and drawings.
As part of the Delia Derbyshire Day activities, they’ve launched a website, which includes the ‘Deliaphonica game’, simple browser app for triggering some of Delia’s loops and sounds, as well as a place for uploading your own sounds in the spirit of the great woman. Check it out here: http://deliaderbyshireday.com/deliaphonica-game
There’s also an opportunity to upload your own sounds to the ‘Deliaphonica Soundbank’. That page is here: http://deliaderbyshireday.com/submit-a-sound/