Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching

Carl Cox eat your heart out.

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.

In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.

In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.

Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.

A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.

She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.

More about Delia:
http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/

A newly found dance track – 20 years ahead of its time:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7512072.stm

Author: kinsella

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One thought on “Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching”

  1. I’ve been a huge fan of Delia every since I saw a documentary about the BBC Radiophonics Workshop. I found this link from the above vid – turns out she invented techno about 30 years ahead of time too – check out the first audio player on this page: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7512072.stm

    Another RW person worth looking into is John Baker. Originally a jazz pianist, he was another fascinating character who made some brilliant early electronic music – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Baker_%28Radiophonic_musician%29

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