Delia Derbyshire Day, the Manchester-based electronic music charity formed in homage to late electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, have launched a new website and range of interactive content today, to mark what would have been her 80th birthday.
Known chiefly for her remarkable electronic realisation of Ron Grainer’s 1963 Doctor Who theme score, Derbyshire’s work with the BBC Radiophonic workshop and her unique sound production techniques are key to her legacy. The new Deliaphonica game and accompanying Deliaphonica soundbank invite users to submit their ‘Delia-n sounds’ (quirky, every-day soundbites, much like the ones Derbyshire utilised in her work) and to interact with the sound effects and rhythm loops prepared for the game by guest musicians and DD Day engineers.
In addition to the interactive material, there’s a new website, replete with fundraising merchandise and as much information as you might need on Delia Derbyshire Day. The Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project extends beyond today’s launches, with workshops and a performance of a DD Day 2016 commission “The waking sleep” at Band on the Wall on Saturday 10th June.