Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) a pioneer electronic musician
working at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop during the 1960's. She is responsible (along with Ron Grainer composer
and Dick Mills her sound engineer
) for the first (and undoubtedly the best) Dr Who
theme, in 1963. Her macabre
music style is startlingly original and often brings a chill to the spine, her music has unsettled me more than any other. Sadly Delia never got much recognition for her work, her music appeared in a couple of films (eg: The Legend of Hell House
) and a couple of compilation records of early electronic music, but today few people would recognise her name. Her beautifully disturbing
music lives on.
The Delia Derbyshire tunes that I can remember right now are: "Dreams", "Blue Veils and Golden Sands", "The Delian Mode", "Delia's Theme", "Kepler" - there are more. It is extremely difficult to find Delia Derbyshire mp3's on the net, your best bet is a peer to peer file transfer system such as Winmx, kazaa etc.
Delia has appeared on the following compilations, some may still be available on cd:
"White Noise" - Island music, "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 3 - The Leisure Hive", "BBC Radiophonic music" (LP) 1971