By Marianna Nash
Never heard of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire? Oh, no worries. She only created the original “Doctor Who” theme, produced some of the world’s first electronic sound effects and helped invent the genre when no one could have predicted what it would become.
Seriously — if you’ve never heard of Derbyshire, stop everything and open a new tab. It’s documentary time.
“Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire” is a BBC Radio 4 documentary that takes us through the legendary mathematician-musician’s life and work, starting with the “Doctor Who” theme created at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop that famously brought the bizarre new medium to the masses.
For a close-up look at how she created these new sounds, watch “The Delian Mode.” This documentary explains the exacting skill and mathematical precision it took to record, warp and synchronize each sound on its own tape. It will certainly make you feel grateful for your MIDI controller.
(Via Open Culture)
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