The Delian Mode

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5 minutes 34 seconds in length, The Delian Mode was created as incidental music rather than as a signature tune.[1]

It "pretty much defies description and is all the better for it; you don't want to have to resort to mere words to describe such a perfect sound, utterly deserving the self-definitive title Delia so knowingly gave it."[2] and is "reminiscent of the beginning of Xenakis's OrientOccident",[3] while Desmond Briscoe, head of the BBC Radiophonic Workhop, says it is "without parallel in our output."[4]


The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: The Delian Mode
Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music
Work number: T-010.035.840-4 394153Q
Type 10/10 [?]


The Delian Mode - Spectrogram.jpg



  1. Special Sound, p.124
  2. Robin Carmody in Wee also have sound-houses
  3. Gramophone magazine, Sept. 1969
  4. The_BBC_Radiophonic_Workshop:_The_First_25_Years