Pete Kember

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Pete Kember, a.k.a. Sonic Boom, contacted Delia late in her life by searching for her in the Coventry phone book[1]. He put her in contact with the current generation of musicians who were inspired by her music and coaxed her back into making music again.

They first met in September 1998[2], in December 1999 he conducted the Surface interview with her, she worked with him by phone and weekly visits to Rugby as adviser/co-producer of the EAR albums Vibrations (2000) and Continuum (2001) and together they created the track Synchrondipity Machine.

Delia thought so highly of him that she gave him her VCS3 synthesizer, a beautiful early model with duck egg white coloured panels.[3]

He appears in the Alchemists of Sound documentary in the section about Delia and plays himself in the radio play Blue Veils and Golden Sands.

Quotes

Her ultimate resource — a limitless imagination.
   -- quoted in the Fibre-Optic Flowers article

Shortly before Delia died, she wrote the following:

Working with people like Sonic Boom on pure electronic music has re-invigorated me. He is from a later generation but has always had an affinity with the music of the 60s. One of our first points of contact - the visionary work of Peter Zinovieff, has touched us both, and has been an inspiration. Now without the constraints of doing 'applied music', my mind can fly free and pick-up where I left off.
   -- delia-derbyshire.org

References

  1. Speaking his own lines in Blue Veils and Golden Sands (radio play)
  2. Delia in the Surface interview
  3. Private communication, 16th March 2012
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