Bluedot Present: Delia Derbyshire Day: David Vorhaus & Caro C (The Making of an Electric Storm with performances by BISHI, Kat Lovell & Izzy Bolt)
Caro C in conversation with David Vorhaus (White Noise)
Delia Derbyshire Day - Advancing the art and education of electronic music via the works and archive of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001)
In conversation with David Vorhaus about working with Brian Hodgson (BBC Radiophonic Workshop) and electronic music legend Delia Derbyshire to make the cult album "An Electric Storm" (Island Records, 1969). Followed by live AV performances of newly commissioned works inspired by the "An Electric Storm" album and the Delia Derbyshire Archive. Learn about the roots of electronic music in the UK, be inspired by an electronic music pioneer and enjoy bold new electronic music!
Described by Sound On Sound magazine as "One of the original pioneers of electronic music in Britain, David Vorhaus has remained at the cutting edge of the genre for over 30 years." David worked with Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson (BBC Radiophonic Workshop, inventor of the TARDIS sound) to make "An Electric Storm" which was released on Island Records in 1969. Cited as one of the first electronic music albums in the UK, it greatly inspired other influential artists such as Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, Human League), Cosey Fanni Tutti and many more.
BISHI has been described as an innovative artist of Bengali heritage “working at the cutting edge of art, music and technology” (PRS M Magazine, 2018). “I am absolutely thrilled to be a commissioned artist for Delia Derbyshire Day, in time to celebrate 50 years of White Noise’s ‘An Electric Storm.’ Both Delia and White Noise changed my life and it’s an honour to pay tribute her legacy.” Bishi’s new piece is an electronic chamber-choral suite of music for Voice Looper, Electric Sitar, mini Mi.Mu & ROLI instruments, released recently as an EP called "The Telescope Eye."
Kat Lovell is a music producer and sound designer from Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, with a particular interest in the creation of immersive sonic environments. Kat can normally be found precariously hanging microphones from their bedroom ceiling, so was glad of this opportunity to use a real studio (Spirit Studios, Manchester). “Delia Derbyshire’s use of pioneering technology to manipulate sound to create immersive sonic environments has inspired me to investigate the relationship between music and technology. I am really excited to use this platform to continue to push the boundaries of technology to create an unforgettable immersive experience.”
Izzy Bolt is an audio visual artist and producer based in Manchetster. A self-taught artist, Izzy specialises in live generative digital visuals and electronic music, focusing on forming unreal 3D landscapes and soundscapes. A VJ in the Manchester scene, her project is heightening live sound experience through moving image. “I was really excited to explore Delia’s archives and learn more about her involvement in film and television including how she took influence from visual stimuli in her work with sound. I have enjoyed collaborating with Kat, learning more about how to integrate audio with the visual in the process of creating our ‘Electric Storm’ piece.”
Caro C is an electronic music maker, performer and producer, once described as a “one woman electronic avalanche” (bbc.co.uk). Caro instigated and manages Delia Derbyshire Day – a charitable organisation paying homage to the electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001).