Have you taken the time today to appreciate just how amazing Delia Derbyshire was?
This woman basically invented Electronic Music. Just think about that for a moment.
She inspired people from Aphex Twin to Kenny Everett, and did more innovative stuff with the most basic of BBC’s technology than people can do today with the heights of the computer age.
When she started her career, she was turned down by Decca Records because she was female. So she went and worked for the UN, before making her way to the BBC.
While there, she created the Doctor Who theme, possibly the most recognisable TV theme in history. Variations of it have been since played by vast orchestras, and one version made it to the top of the UK charts. All this from a song that they had to check by running along a corridor making sure that the stretched-out tape was spliced together correctly.
Then in her spare time from doing composing for the BBC, she, Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus created “An Electric Storm”, an album which pushed the boundaries of what electronic music could do.
All this, and she’d just turned 31.