Doctor Who Theme Creator and Electronic Music Innovator Delia Derbyshire Gets a Documentary: The Myths & The Legendary Tape #MusicMonday

Delia Derbyshire was a legendary composer of electronic music, known even by non-electronic music aficionados from her most well-known composition, the theme for Doctor Who, composed during her time at the BBC’s Radiophone Workshop. Here’s more from director Caroline Catz via BFI and SonicState:

I’m fascinated by Delia Derbyshire, her music and her legacy, and the fact that she introduced avant-garde electronic sounds to a whole generation through the medium of a teatime television show — that’s really what inspired the whole idea for the film.

Having spent time at Delia’s archive at John Rylands library in Manchester and watching the archive grow over the years, it struck me that the clues to Delia’s life, and perhaps what she really wanted us to know about her, lay in the recordings she left behind. I thought it would be interesting to explore the archive through performance and the construction of a film soundtrack, combining the unfiltered fragments from this amazing resource to conjure an imagined landscape of Delia’s life based on the evidence we found therein.

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  1. Doctor Who theme’s co-creator Delia Derbyshire awarded posthumous PhD

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4422830/doctor-who-theme-s-co-creator-delia-derbyshire-awarded-posthumous-phd-1.4423377

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