Delia Derbyshire: The Delian Mode + Circle of Light

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Delia Derbyshire: The Delian Mode + Circle of Light
CertificateU
Year2009 / 1972
GenreDocumentary, Music
DirectorKARA BLAKE / ANTHONY ROLAND
CountryCananda / UK
Running Time0HR 57MINS
SeasonHijack QFT Mixtape Vol. 1

A double bill of short films highlighting the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Delia Derbyshire.

THE DELIAN MODE

The Delian Mode is a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

The film features interviews with Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills of the now defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the founder of Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X) as well as other friends and colleagues of Delia.

CIRCLE OF LIGHT: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF PAMELA BONE

The documentary will be followed by a rare screening of the 1972 film Circle of Light, featuring the photography of Pamela Bone with music by Delia and Elsa Stansfield.

Pamela Bone made unusual and very beautiful multi-layered art slides. Director Anthony Roland was so taken with the slides that he decided to make a short art film exploring them, and commissioned recent acquaintances Delia Derbyshire and artist Elsa Stansfield to produce a soundtrack. They produced a peculiar and unique ambient score which fuses sound design, tape manipulation and environmental recordings, such as birdsong. Special thanks to Jonny Trunk.

Screening as part of HIJACK! QFT MIXTAPE VOL. 1 – a weekend of music-themed films selected by the staff of your friendly neighbourhood cinema. Presented in partnership with The Thin Air.