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The following scholarly article and chronological list of Delia's works, by Annika Forkert, appeared in Musik und Gender im Internet: Lexikon Multimedia: Delia Derbyshire in early 2016.

The list of works is assembled from the Audiological Chronology and the WikiDelia in 2016. Since then, many other works have been discovered and dated.

Here it is, translated into English by Google Translate, with minor corrections.


In the UK, Delia Derbyshire is best known for the electro-acoustic realization of the title music for the 1960s science fiction series "Doctor Who", which has accompanied the title sequence of the popular series to this day, albeit in a constantly changing form. However, Derybshire's career was not constant enough to make her more known. After working at the level of her work in the BBC's studio for electronic (functional) music between the late 1960s and early 1970s and with artists such as Yoko Ono, the Beatles, Pink Floyd or Peter Maxwell Davies, she retired in 1973 completely from the thriving scene as well as back from London and no longer produced any music - until she met the producer, musician and DJ Sonic Boom (aka Peter Kember) in 2000. At that time her name stood in the British scene for electronic (Pop) music already for highly innovative pioneering work, but for Derbyshire this recognition came too late. She died in 2001 while producing a new album in collaboration with Kember. Different forms of cooperation are a characteristic feature of Derbyshire's work, both in her work for the BBC and outside of this institution.

Places and countries

Delia Derbyshire spent most of her life in the UK. After living in Geneva for over 6 months immediately after graduating in 1959, she returned to England, where she worked mainly in London from 1960. The BBC Studios in Maida Vale in the northwest of the city, the Unit Delta Plus Studio in Putney in the southeast and the Kaleidophon Studio in Camden in the north became their work centers there. In 1973 she left the BBC and moved to Northern England on the border with Scotland, from where she returned to London in 1978. In 1980 she finally moved to Northampton, where she lived until her death.


Delia Derbyshire described her origin and class (indispensable for British identity) in an interview as "upper working class catholic" (Derbyshire in "Boazine" interview, 1998). Born in the industrial town of Coventry in central England in 1937, Derbyshire witnessed the first and devastating German bombing of the city as a child before being evacuated to Preston. The composer therefore identified bomb sirens and the "all clear" signal as formative sounds of her childhood, but also wooden clogs on the Preston cobblestones and the sounds of the Catholic mass. The young medium of radio, which Derbyshire described in an interview as her first love and education ("education") was at least as important for her musical influence (Derbyshire in "Radiophonic Ladies" interview, 2000). She received piano lessons at the age of eight, and later took violin lessons at the Coventry Grammar School.

Derbyshire was subsequently accepted into the renowned Girton College, Cambridge University, where she studied mathematics and then music, following her two preferences, which were already evident at school. After graduating in 1958, she worked briefly (presumably as a translator) at the United Nations in Geneva, before hiring at Boosey & Hawkes, London's music publisher, in 1959.

As early as 1960, however, she began working as a studio manager at the BBC, the institution that decisively shaped Derbyshire's future career. Here she found the possibility, which was already rare at the time, but which was particularly rare for women, to combine her mathematical and musical skills and began working for the “BBC Radiophonic Workshop” a little later. Due to the anonymity of the studio's employees and the employment law conditions there, as well as Derbyshire's successive involvement in the "workshop", the exact time of the beginning of her career there can hardly be determined, but she probably started in 1962 as an observer and then as temporarily assigned ("Temporary attached") in the department headed by Desmond Briscoe. The studio was housed in several small rooms of a converted ice skating palace in the West London district of Maida Vale, and employees were only assigned pro forma to the workshop for three months due to concerns that the frequencies and sound experiments involved could pose a neurological risk. Derbyshire's involvement as “temporarily attached” is therefore not unusual. The often complained fact that Derbyshire was never named as a composer of her works for the BBC can hardly be explained as specific discrimination, since the studio was assigned to the Radio Drama Department and as a result, none of the composers working there was listed or named as such. Unlike other electronic music studios, e.g. B. that of the WDR, the "BBC Radiophonic Workshop" for music was highly functional and produced effects, sounds and music for radio and television programs, but not "absolute" music. In Derbyshire's own words: "I was told in no uncertain terms that the BBC does not employ composers. And so it was only by infiltrating the system that I managed to do music. ” ("I was made to understand very clearly that the BBC did not hire any composers. So I could only make music by infiltrating the system." Derbyshire in BBC "Original Masters", 1997).

By 1973, a number of Derbyshire's works, some of which were carried out alone, some in cooperation, were produced, among which the title sequence for the science fiction series "Doctor Who" (1963) must be particularly emphasized. Derbyshire created a sketch of the composer Ron Grainer with twelve oscillators and used a wide variety of frequencies to meet the instructions of the series producer, Verity Lambert, who asked for sounds such as the sound sculptures by the Baschet brothers. Despite the necessary collaboration with the other engineers of the "workshop", Derbyshire's way of working was rather lonely, with long overtime.


Mathematics versus music?

The question about Derbyshire's weighting of her two subjects and preferences runs through the reception. While the film "Delian Mode" portrays them on the side of mathematics rather than music, the curator of the "BBC Radiophonic Workshop", Mark Ayres, emphasizes her ability to imagine the tonal result of her calculations and to implement it technically and musically precisely (Ayres in "Delian Mode", 0:11:20). Derbyshire worked with particular preference in the field of musique concrète with sounds that she used both for the furniture of the Radiophonic Workshop (a green metal lampshade famous among colleagues and enthusiasts was used in "Blue veils and golden sands") and for an antiquarian recording of approximately a silver trumpet ("Tutenkhamun's Egypt") or door bells ("Door to door") recovered in Tutankhamun's grave.

She was interested in the beginnings of western music in ancient Greece as well as more complex meters (Derbyshire in BBC "Original Masters", 1997). A permanent challenge for the studio staff was to combine their own musical interests with the expectations of the commissioning BBC departments. Derbyshire's music, like that of her colleagues, was occasionally rejected (for example, a piece for the children's radio program "Science and Health" in 1964), for example due to inappropriate content or too complex structure. Derbyshire mostly worked very analytically and in detail and therefore sometimes came into conflict with set deadlines. However, once a piece had been produced, she only revised it relatively rarely.


While some lows in Delia Derbyshire's life may look like typical cases of discrimination against women at first glance, the situation, including Derbshire's self-assessment, is sometimes more complicated. The fact that Derbyshire remained unnamed as a composer, especially "Doctor Who" title music, was a cross-gender policy of the BBC. Derbyshire, however, is likely to be the one at the workshop who, due to the series' unpredictable popularity, was denied the most royalties by this decision. Another side, however, shows the often reproduced event that Derbyshire was looking for work with the Decca label before temporarily moving to Geneva and was rejected there on the grounds that the company did not employ female studio technicians. However, this rejection was followed by the outstanding and extremely creative career at the BBC.

In an interview with Jo Hutton, Derbyshire himself stated that she had never seen herself as a feminist until she was told she had to be one (Derbyshire in "Radiophonic Ladies", 2000). Her reaction was to see herself as a post-feminist before the invention of feminism (Derbyshire in "Delian Mode", 0:20:40). With this, the composer follows the tradition of colleagues like Elizabeth Maconchy or Elisabeth Lutyens, who vehemently opposed being understood as "women composers", believing that the best music would prevail regardless of the gender of its composer .

In the same interview ("Radiophonic Ladies", 2000) Derbyshire put this attitude into perspective, however, by characterizing her own musical style more than "reflexive" compared to that of her male colleagues in the Radiophonic Workshop instead of their "violent" or "terrifying" sounds .

Crossover and innovation

Derbyshire is best known for the long way she traveled in her style between her beginnings with function-bound musique concrète in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the work for Pink Floyd and Yoko Ono. Her longer pieces for Barry Bermange, "The dreams" and "Amor dei" also show their breadth in larger arrangements. Also to be noted are the differences between atmospheric accompanying music for the BBC and the later strongly rhythm-fixed works that anticipate rave music ("Pot au feu"), and Derbyshire's reputation as one of the most inventive and forward-looking employees of the "workshop" justified. Also noteworthy is the reinvention of herself, albeit abruptly by her early death, at the turn of the millennium with an impartial interest in a completely changed technological world of electronic music.


Derbyshire's name is well known in the UK to a relatively broad public, as well as musicology specializing in electronic music, and has belonged especially since the release of some of her works on CD, a radio play ("Blue veils and golden sands") and a play about her life and Work ("standing waves") on the more famous composers of electronic music in the country. With a younger generation of musicians, she achieved a kind of cult status from the mid-1990s, with mentions and musical dedications from Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, or Sonic Boom.

Despite this interest in her work and the enthusiastic work of enthusiasts on her list of works and her online archive, academic research has not yet turned to Derbyshire.

Catalog of works

The following list of works is based on the detailed listing of Derbyshire's works in the online database wikidelia.net and its sister site delia-derbyshire.net, both compiled and managed by Martin Guy. This directory is sorted chronologically and gives lengths and commercial recordings, if available; from 1962 (the beginning of Derybshire's work in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop) to undated and / or unclear works. More detailed details of all works, some with sketches and sound samples, are available free of charge at wikidelia.net. Where works were not produced or were not produced, this is noted accordingly. Where no lengths are given, they are not known.


"Time on Our Hands" (1:12), included on the album "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21".

"Science Serves the Arts", developed for a program of the same name, which was broadcast between 10.1.1963 and 14.2.1963.

"Arabic Science and Industry" (0:23), included on the album "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21".


"Know Your Car" (0:58, produced, but rejected by the BBC according to Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson), included on the album "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21".

Music for the scene "In a Monastery Garden" of the film "The Cracksman" (approx. 2:00. Unclear whether the music was actually used in the film).

"Francis Younghusband in Tibet" (sketches available, not known whether produced), collaboration with David Lyttle.

Music for "Oliver Twist" (no sketches available, therefore unclear whether produced), in collaboration with Richard Wortley.

"Signature Tune" for "Radio Newsreel" (sketches available, unclear whether produced and / or used).

Title sequence for "Doctor Who" (various lengths and versions). Versions: pilot film with thunder effect (1963), following episodes with the first doctor after pilot film with flickering hissing (2:19, 1963, included on a single (Decca F11837 [1964]) and on the compilations "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1 - The Early Years ”,“ Doctor Who: 30 Years at the Radiohonic Workhop ”,“ The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective ”), remix for episodes with the second doctor (0:51, 1966, included on the album“ The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1 - The Early Years ”), remix of opening titles and end credits for episodes with the third and fourth doctor (0:45, 1970, included on the album“ Doctor Who at the Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 - New Beginnings ”), Reissue of the opening titles with stereo expansion and Tardis effect (1972, released as a single by BBC Records & Tapes [RES11 1973] and included on the album“ Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 - New Beginning ings), "Delaware" version for the tenth season (1973, withdrawn from Derbyshire and their colleagues Brian Hodgson and Paddy Kingsland after two episodes, included on the albums "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 - New Beginnings", " Doctor Who: 30 Years at the Radiohonic Workshop ”, as well as a bonus track on the DVD“ Doctor Who: Carnival of Monsters ”),“ Original Titles ”version (2:10, date of origin unknown, possibly incomplete realization, contained on the album“ Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 - New Beginnings ”).


Music for the radio show "Talk Out" (0:26, produced but not broadcast, included on the album "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21). Based on Derbyshire's “Mattachin”, overlaid with human voices.

Music for the children's radio show "Science and Health" (0:57, but produced rejected by the producer of the series, included on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Workhop 21" and "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1 - The Early Years".

Music for the show "The Cyprian Queen" (details unknown).

Effects for Roberto Gerhard's radio game "The Anger of Achilles" (T .: Robert Graves): "Achilles' plea to his goddess mother Thetis" (1:13), "Thunderclap" (0:13), "The sending of the false dream to Agamemnon ”(2:00),“ Father Zeus' message, thunderclap, horse effects ”(1:08),“ Thetis theme reprise ”(0:36). The plant won the Prix Italia in 1965, following the normal procedure of the BBC, together with Gerhard only the collective Radiophonic Workshop was named, but not individual employees.

Sounds for the radio game "The Tower", in collaboration with John Harrison.


"Four Inventions for Radio" (for four 30-minute radio games by Barry Bermange, No. 1 and 2 1964, No. 3 and 4 1965): 1. "The Dreams" (five movements for broadcast in the UK: "Running" [ 8:08], "Falling" [8:45], "Land" [7:02], "Sea" [9:38], "Color" [9:22]); 2. "Amor Dei" (four movements: "Groping towards God" [7:59], "Rorate Coeli" [9:02], "'I'd like to believe in God, but ...'" "[14:35 ], “'There IS a God!'” [14:27]); 3. "The Afterlife" (four movements: "Death is going from shadow into reality" [7:47], "It's just like going to sleep" [11:09], "Light. Everywhere is light" [10:30 ], "Death is just a changing" [10:14]); 4. "The evenings of certain lives" (excerpts from this program in the documentation "Sculptress of Sound").


Music for "French Eyes on the Future" (details unknown).

"The Business of Good Government", collaboration by Unit Delta Plus (T .: John Arden, producer: Ian Cotterell, for the amateur theater group Theater 62). UA .: Parish Church of Assisi, West Wickam (Kent), December 16, 1965 (later processing as a radio game for the BBC, unclear whether Derbyshire was involved).


Music for "Ape and Essence" (T .: Aldous Huxley, two manuscript pages have been preserved). An episode of the series "The Wednesday Play" (producer David Benedictus).

"A New View of Politics" (0:40), included on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21" and "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1 - The Early Years".

"Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO" (old spelling "Ziwzeh Ziwzeh Oooh-Oooh-Oooh", 1:44), for an episode of the series "Out of the Unknown", contained on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop ”(Rephlex CAT147LP [2003] and“ BBC Radiophonic Music ”(BBC Records LP REC25M [1971 and 2003] and CD REC REC25MCD [2002]).

"Spin", music for a Procter & Gamble; Washing powder advertising (sketches and manuscript received, unclear whether produced and broadcast).

"Moogies Bloogies" (old spellings "Moojies Bloodgies", "Moojies Bloojies", 3:26), collaboration with Anthony Newley. UA .: Unit Delta Plus Concert of Electronic Music, New Mill Theater Newbury, 10.9.1966.

"Random Together 1" (approx. 8:00 p.m., sketches), in collaboration with Peter Zinovieff. UA .: Unit Delta Plus Concert of Electronic Music, New Mill Theater Newbury, 10.9.1966.

"Pot-pourri" (approx. 5:00 am), collage of excerpts from Derybshire's BBC works. UA .: Unit Delta Plus Concert of Electronic Music, New Mill Theater Newbury, 10.9.1966. Re-performance of Queen Elizabeth Hall London, January 15, 1968 (criticism in Stanley Sadie, "More Experiments in Sound", The Times, January 16, 1968, p. 6).

Music for the theater play "On the Level" (20 sequences, total length 15:18. D: Ron Grainer), collaboration with Brian Hodgson (Unit Delta Plus). UA .: The Royal Court Theater Liverpool, February 1966, from 19.4.1966 also in The Saville Theater London.

"Way Out in Piccadilly" (old title "Way Out", 1:52). First sketches in 1966, broadcast December 31, 1968: BBC series "Cilla", episode "Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd".


"A Million Volt Light-Sound Rave" (Unit Delta Plus, a newspaper review of the concert in Derbyshire's estate). UA .: The Roundhouse London, January 28. and 4.2.1967.

Collage for ICI Fashion Show, Royal College of Art Hornsey (London), 6.4.1967. Pieces used: "On the Level", "Beach" (= "Beachcomber"), "Way Out", "Hawaian", "Newley" (probably "Moogies Bloogies"), "Hunt" [?], "Indian Cinderella" , "Finnish" (= the last bars of "Pot au feu"), "Doctor Who", "SF", "Prophet" (probably "Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO"), "Lazy Rain" (unclear which pieces were used).

Music for an exhibition by the Hornsey College of Art as part of the Brighton Festival 14.4. received until April 30th, 1967 Unit Delta Plus, sketches and letters from Derbyshire). Handwritten track list for the exhibitions "Kinetic Arena" and "Kinetic Labyrinth" of Hornsey College: "D.A." (no details known), "Ape" (= "Ape and Essence"), "W. in S. "(=" World in Silence ")," Lay in the Life "[sic?]," A Year IR "[=" A Year I Remember "]," Tower "," Amor Dei "," French Eyes ”(=“ French Eyes on the Future ”),“ Dreams ”,“ ME [Men?] In History ”.

"A Year I Remember" for the radio program "A Silence Filled with Greek" (T .: Michael Ayrton, producer Douglas Cleverdon).

"Philips", sound for an advertising campaign (Unit Delta Plus, sketches and fragments received), collaboration with Brian Hodgson.

Music for "Towards Tomorrow" (1:11), included on the LPs "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop", "BBC Radiophonic Music", "Movement, Mime and Music".

"Blue Veils and Golden Sands", music for the episode "The Last Caravans" in the series "The World about Us" (3:25), included on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Music", "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" , "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 - New Beginnings".

Effects for "Macbeth" (production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon, director: Peter Hall, Unit Delta Plus). UA .: Royal Shakespeare Theater Stratford upon Avon, August 15, 1967.

"Tiger Talks", music for an Esso advertisement (unclear whether produced. Sketches, script and telegram received).

"Wrapping Piece" (alt. Title "Wrapping Event"), soundtrack for the film "Wrapping Piece" (director and concept: Yoko Ono) (details unknown, recording and sketches lost).


"Pot au feu" (3:13), two manuscripts received, included on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Music" and "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop".

"Who Is", music for the series of the same name (producer Robert Graef), manuscripts and sketches preserved.

"The Living World", two signature tunes for the BBC radio series of the same name (producer Robina Gyle-Thomas, author John Sparks). Both Sparks' music was rejected, manuscripts received.

"The Naked Sun", sound effects and music sequences for the BBC TV series "Out of the Unknown", manuscripts received, included on the albums "Out of this World. Atmospheric Sounds and Effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop ”and“ Essential Science Fiction Sound Effects 2 ”.

“Le pont Mirabeau”, music for a school radio program from the “Art and Design” series, manuscripts received.

"The Colored Wall", kaleidophone production for an exhibition of the same name by the Association of Electrical Engineers March 1968, contains "Love without Sound", "On the Level", "Beach", longer version of "Bloopy" from "Moogies Bloogies", " Lazy Rain ”, excerpts from“ Way Out ”and“ Work Is a Four Letter Word ”, manuscripts received.

"An Electric Storm" (album, alternative name "White Noise"), in collaboration with David Vorhaus, Brian Hodgson and others, Derbyshire participated in the tracks "Love Without Sound" (2:57, with Vorhaus), "Firebird" ( 2:43, with front house), "The Black Mass: Electric Storm in Hell" (7:04, collaboration of the whole group), manuscripts received, published by Island Records (vinyl, 510 948-2 [1968], ILPS 9099 [ 1969], CD [1992]) and at Polygram International (1999).

“Work Is a Four Letter Word”, electronic music and sound effects for the film of the same name (directed by Peter Hall), manuscripts received, available as VHS and DVD.

"Clothes", manuscript received, reconstruction on wikidelia.net/wiki/Clothes.


Music for "Mechanical Ballet" (for Peter Logan), UA: New Art Center, 41 Sloane Street, London, March 3rd, 1969, manuscripts received.

"Environmental Studies" (0:30), for a BBC school radio program, released on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21" and "The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective".

"Chronicle" (0:22), theme music for a BBC series of the same name, published on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21" and "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1: The Early Years". Effects and music also for the episodes "Gate of Hell" (broadcast May 13, 1967), "The Realms of God" (February 8, 1969), "The Peninsular War" (broadcast probably on May 2, 1971), "Pompeii" (broadcast probably 1974), "Egypt" (for "Chronicle Magazine", broadcast on August 25, 1972).

"John Peel's Voice" (2:20), sequence of Peel's speech samples, released on the album "John Peel Presents Top Gear".

"Great Zoos of the World" (0:36), for a BBC TV program of the same name, included on the albums "BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21" and "The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective".

Music for the Standard Music Library ESL104 under the pseudonym Li de la Russe: "Lure of the Space Goddess" (0:30), "Gothic Submarine" (1:56), "London Lemons" (9 topics of different lengths), " Restless Relays ”(1:04),“ Planetarium ”(1:36),“ Way Out ”(=“ Way Out in Piccadilly ”),“ Fresh Aire ”(0:11),“ Delia's Theme ”(1:22 ), "Tentative Delia" (0:22), "Delia's Idea" (0:22), "Delia's Psychadelian Mode" (0:36), "Delia's Resolve" (0:07), "Delia's Dream" (0: 41), "Delia's Reverie" (0:23), "Delia's Fulfillment" (0:23), released on the albums "Standard Music Library" ESL104 (1969) and "The Tomorrow People: Original Television Music" (vinyl and CD , Trunk Records JBH017LP or JBH017CD, 2006).

Music and effects for “Hamlet” (play and film, directed by Tony Richardson), collaboration with Brian Hodgson at Kaleidophon. Played at The Roundhouse London 1969, film released on DVD (Columbia B0006OR0L2).


"The Bagman", music and effects for the BBC radio program "The Bagman or The Impromptu of Muswell Hill" (screenplay John Arden, director Martin Esslin), the sequence "Dreaming in Highgate Wood" (1:06) later renamed and reused as "Phantoms of Darkness", released on the album "Out of this World".

Music for a short film about Robert Lowell (directed by Caroline McCullough), details unknown.

"Poets in Prison", for "Poetry from Prison" (producer Edward Lucie-Smith), performed at the City of London Festival, summer 1970, received sketches and poems.

"Music of Spheres" (1:32), music for the TV series "Biography", episode 3: "I Measured the Skies", released on the album "EMS LP 1".

Music for Ted Hughes “Orpheus”, soundtrack collage of Derbyshire’s electronic music and guitar harmonization by Alan Parker, BBC school radio production broadcast in 1971, manuscripts received.


Sound effects for the film "Duffer", released on DVD (BFI Flipside, B004CZ6HV0, 2011).

Music for "Hamlet" (directed by Ewan Hooper), Kaleidophon collaboration, UA: Greenwich Theater, February 18, 1971, manuscripts received.

"I.E.E. 100 ”(approx. 7:00 am), music for a live event of the Radiophonic Workshop to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Electrical Engineers on May 3rd, 1971.

"Dance from Noah" (0:54), music for the episode "Noah" of the BBC radio series "Drama Workshop", released on the LP "EMS LP 1" (demo LP 1971), flexidisc "EMS FLEXI 1" (demo tape , 1972) and "BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective".

"Tutenkhamun’s Egypt" (2:16), theme music and presumably also background music for a 13-part BBC TV series of the same name, manuscripts received, published on the album "The Music of Africa".

Music for the TV feature "O Fat White Woman" in the series "Play for Today" (screenplay William Trevor, director Philip Saville), several tracks of different lengths.


Collaboration on the album "Electrosonic" (with Don Harper and Brian Hodgson, as Li de la Russe), contains the tracks "Quest" (1:44), "Quest - Fast" (1:09), "Computermatic" (1: 15), "Frontier of Knowledge" (2:06), "The Pattern Emerges" (2:56), "Freeze Frame" (1:42), "Pldding Power" (1:52), "Busy Microbes" ( 1:40), "Liquid Energy (a)" (1:56), "Liquid Energy (b)" (0:58), "No Man's Land" (1:52), "Depression" (1:28) , "Nightwalker" (2:00), "Electrostings" (0:21), "Electrobuild" (0:22), "Celestial Cantabile" (3:30), "Effervescence" (2:04), "The Wizard's Laboratory ”(2:06),“ Shock Chords ”(0:33), released as an LP by KPM Music Librry, KPM1104, 1972, re-released in a limited edition by Glo-Spot, GLOSPOT1104.

Music for "Circle of Light" (30:52), for the film of the same name (directed by Anthony Roland).


Music for "The Ascent of Man: Music of the Spheres" (2:08), for episode 5 of the BBC TV series "The Ascent of Man".

Music for the horror film "The Legend of Hell House", collaboration with Brian Hodgson, manuscripts and sketches received, released on DVD, 20th Century Fox, B00005LIRD.

Music for the short film "Een van die Dagen" (0:30), (script and direction by Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield), details unknown.


Music for "About Bridges" (0:22), further collaboration with Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield, details unknown.


"Synchrondipity Machine (An Unfinished Dream)", collaboration with Sonic Boom (= Peter Kember), published on the album "Grain" by Dot Dot Music and "The Electronic Bible - Chapter 1").

Undated / Unclear dating / Unclear attribution

"Air" (1:44), released on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" and "BBC Radiophonic Music".

"Beachcomber" (Reused in collages at the Brighton Festival and "The Colored Wall").

"Bring Back" (details unknown), sketches from 1968.

"Chromophone Band" (1:56), released on the album "Doctor Who Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969).

"Cloud", creation and production details unknown.

"The Delian Mode" (5:34), released on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop", "BBC Radiophonic Music" and "Doctor Who Volume 2: New Beginnings".

“Door to Door” (0:30), created for Radio Leeds women's programs, published on the albums “Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop” and “BBC Radiophonic Music”.

"Early Morning", sketches preserved, details unknown, probably 1970.

"Happy Birthday" (0:24), released on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" and "BBC Radiophonic Music".

"Mattachin" (1:06), probably made in 1968, is included on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" and "BBC Radiophonic Music".

"Medea", kaleidophone production, for David Thompson's production of the drama of the same name at the Greenwich Theater (year not clear).

"Music to Undress to", details unknown, not known whether produced.

"Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be" (1:18), 1972, incorrectly attributed to Derbyshire, actually written by Doris Hays, included on the unpublished album "Southern Library of Recorded Music".

"S.F." (Details unknown). Reused in collage for the ICI Fashion Show.

"Time to Go" (0:24), details unknown, released on the albums "Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" and "BBC Radiophonic Music".

"Traveling in Winter", music for a BBC radio program of the same name by producer John Tydeman, was probably written in 1971.

Music and sounds for the episode "World in Silence" of the BBC series "Out of the Unknown" (created before broadcast on November 17, 1966).


Interviews with / about Derbyshire

Cavanagh, John, Delia Derbyshire and Drew Mulholland [Interview in the series “Original Masters”, BBC Radio Scotland 1997], reprint on www.delia-derbyshire.net/BBCScotlandInterview.html (as of February 26, 2016).

Cavanagh, John, "Delia Derbyshire: On Our Wavelength", in "Boazine" 7, 1998 (1999?), Http://delia-derbyshire.net/sites/interview_boa.php.html (as of February 26, 2016).

Hutton, Jo. "Radiophonic Ladies" [contains interview with Derbyshire from February 24, 2000], at http://delia-derbyshire.net/sites/ARTICLE2000JoHutton.html (as of February 26, 2016).

Sonic Boom (Peter Kember), interview with Derbyshire in December 1999. Surface, May 2000. Available at www.delia-derbyshire.org/interview_surface.php (as of February 26, 2016).

Original documentary with Derbyshire from the 1960s that explains your equipment (source unknown, excerpts at http://delia-derbyshire.net/#VideoClips; as of February 26, 2016).

Scientific literature

Briscoe, Desmond. "The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: the First 25 Years; the Inside Story of Providing Sound and Music for Television and Radio 1958-1983 ”. London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1983.

Niebur, Louis. "Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop". Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 [with associated website with audio and video samples).

H. J. Spencer. "Derbyshire, Delia Ann (1937-2001)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005; online edn, Jan 2015, www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/76027 (as of February 26, 2016).

Newspaper and magazine articles

Anon. "Delia Derbyshire" [obituary]. "The Herald" (Glasgow), July 9, 2001.

Anon. "Delia Derbyshire" [obituary]. "The Times", July 23, 2001, p. 17.

Anon. "Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001)" [Obituary]. "Computer Music Journal" April 25, 2001, p. 13.

Carmody, Robin. "Delia Derbyshire RIP". "The Wire" 210, August 2001, p. 14.

Cavanagh, John. ‘Delia Derbyshire: On Our Wavelength’ [telephone interview], reprinted in “Boazine”, No. 7, probably October or November 1998. S.a. Interviews in works

Available at www.delia-derbyshire.org/interview_boa.php (as of February 26, 2016)

Cockburn, Paul F. "Delia Derbyshire" [Obituary]. "The Scotsman", July 12, 2001.

Cook, Fidelma. "The Sad and Lonely Death of the Woman Who Put the Wooo-ooo into Dr Who". "Mail on Sunday", March 20, 2005, pp. 34f .. Available at www.delia-derbyshire.net/sites/mailonsunday.html (as of February 26, 2016)

Cubitt, Kirsten. "Dial a Tune", in "The Guardian", September 3, 1970. Available at www.delia-derbyshire.net/Dial%20a%20tune/ (as of February 26, 2016)

Edge, Christine. "Morse Code Musician", in "Sunday Mercury", April 12, 1970, p. 8 ("Woman’s Page"), available at

www.delia-derbyshire.net/Morse%20code%20musician/ (as of February 26, 2016, contains several bugs)

Harris, S. "Phonic Youth", "Time Out", October 2, 2002.

Hodgson, Brian. "Delia Derbyshire" [obituary]. "The Guardian", July 7, 2001.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/jul/07/guardianobituaries1 (as of February 26, 2016)

Sonic Boom (Peter Kember), Interview with Derbyshire from December 1999. "Surface", May 2000. S. a. Interviews in works

Available at www.delia-derbyshire.org/interview_surface.php (as of February 26, 2016)

Sonic Boom (Peter Kember), "Derbyshire Day" [in "Letters"]. "The Wire" 211, September 2001, p. 6.

Sweet, Matthew. "Queen of the Wired Frontier", "The Observer", March 17, 2002.

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2002/mar/17/featuresreview.review (as of February 26, 2016)

Stevenson, Chris and Alex Christian. "BBC Celebrates Doctor Who’s Musical Genius". "The Independent", February 17, 2013.

www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/bbc-celebrates-doctor-whos-musical-genius-8498149.html (as of February 26, 2016)

Blogs and blog articles

www.deliaderbyshireday.wordpress.com (as of February 26, 2016)

Drury, Michelle, "Do Women Dream of Electric Sheep?" In "The F Word - Contemporary UK Feminism".

www.thefword.org.uk/2012/10/radiophonic_workshop/ (as of February 26, 2016)

Hodgson, Brian. Radio interview, broadcast dates and interview partner unknown. Available at www.delia-derbyshire.net/audio/Brian%20Hodgson%20-%20Delia%20Derbyshire%20Remembered.mp3 (as of February 26, 2016)


"Standard Music Library" (LP 1969).

"To Electric Storm. White Noise ”(LP 1968 and 1969, new edition on CD 1992, 1999).

"Music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop" (10 "vinyl), 2003.

"Movement, Mime and Music" (BBC Records RESR3, 1969).

"BBC Radiophonic Music" (LP 1971 as REC25M, new edition May 2003, further new edition on CD by Mute, 2008).

"BBC Radiophonic Music 21" (REC354, 1979).

"Electrosonic" (LP, 1972).

"Vibrations" [by Experimental Audio Research {= Sonic Boom and Derbyshire}] (LP, Rocket Girl, 2000).

"Doctor Who at The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Volume 1: The Early Years, 1963-1969 ”(CD, Mute, 2005).

"Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Volume 2: New Beginnings, 1970-1980 ”(CD, Mute, 2005).

"The Legend of Hell House" (DVD, Twentieth Century Fox, 2003).

"Out of this world. Atmospheric Sounds and Effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop ”(REC255, 1976, reissued as“ Essential Science Fiction Sound Effects 2 ”(audio cassette BBC 855, CD BBC CD 855, 1993).

"John Peel Presents Top Gear" (BBC: REC52S, 1969).

"EMS LP 1" (demo tape from Peter Zinovieff's company EMS, which presents the EMS Synthi A).

"The Music of Africa", BBC REC130M, 1971.

"The Electronic Bible - Chapter 1" (White Label Music WLM 004).

Musical dedications for Derbyshire

King of Woolworths, "Delia Derbyshire" in "L’illustration musicale".

Spectrum, "Delia Derbyshire".

Acidage, "Tribute to Delia Derbyshire".

Pippa Murphy, "Standing Waves".

Iddod, "For Delia".

The Psychedelic Manifesto, "Delia Derbyshire" on the album "Sometimes You Can Hear the Angels Cry".

Documentaries about Derbyshire

"The Alchemists of Sound" (BBC 4, first broadcast May 28, 2005).

"Classic Britannia, Episode 2: Modernism and Minimalism" (BBC 4, first broadcast July 29, 2008).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/classic Britainia/episodes/2/ (as of February 26, 2016)

"The Delian Mode" (director and screenplay Kara Blake, 2009). www.thedelianmode.com, film available at www.dailymotion.com/video/x18aeey_the-delian-mode-kara-blake-2009_music (as of February 26, 2016).

"Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire" (BBC Radio 4, first broadcast March 27, 2010). www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl2ky (as of February 26, 2016)

Episode 5, "Delia Derbshire" from the series "Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom" (CBBC, first broadcast February 20, 2013)

Works with Derbyshire as a fictional character

"Blue Veils and Golden Sands" (BBC Radio 4, written by Martin Wade in collaboration with Elizabeth Parker, first broadcast in 2005, with Sophie Thompson as Delia Derbyshire). Contained on the CD "Doctor Who at the BBC: the Plays".

"Standing Wave: Delia Derbyshire" (written by Nicola McCartney with music by Pippa Murphy, Tron Theater, Glasgow, autumn 2004).

"An Adventure in Time and Space" (BBC 2, written by Mark Gatiss, first broadcast November 21, 2013; contains several short scenes with Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire).



Comprehensive and detailed website from Martin Guy about Derbyshire's music with direct links to Wikidelia (as of February 26, 2016).


Comprehensive database with information on Derbyshire's works, some with photographs and sketches (as of February 26, 2016).


Biography and discography (as of February 26, 2016).


Short article about Derbyshire's rediscovered work samples (the "Attic Tapes") (as of February 26, 2016).


Source material is in the following institutions and archives:

British Library London, Sound Archive

BBC Written Archives, Reading

John Rylands Library, Manchester (Derbyshire's childhood papers and artifacts from Andi Wolf [?]),

University of Manchester (over 200 tapes and papers from Derbyshire's store). There may be problems with the current copyright. A scientific database based on this material in Manchester could not be published.

Research needs

While there are several websites and online databases about Derbyshire that are maintained by electronic music enthusiasts, musicology has barely started to deal with the composer. Derbyshire is often mentioned as a pioneer and influential exceptional figure in electronic music, but has never been the main subject of research. Therefore, there are hardly any limits to the current research needs.