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Friday, August 15, 2008

KPM1104 | Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic

Electrosonic (aka KPM1104)is a 1972 KPM Library record electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire made with Brian Hodgson and Don Harper while moonlighting from day jobs at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. One of the most enigmatic albums in the KPM sound library of the early 70s,a haunting batch of spare electronic tracks by Delia Derbyshire, who is best remembered for her musical work for the Dr Who! television series. The tracks here are far more mellow and contemplative than her previous work. Most numbers are short and built around simple, spare themes played by Delia with a gently flowing approach that's often quite melodic, even though the tunes themselves echo with a fair bit of darkness. The overall sound isn't as funky as you might expect from other KPM releases, but it more than makes up for that with an incredible array of sounds, techniques, and odd little notes, all of which come across with a "voice" that's far different than some of Delia's better known electronic music contemporaries.

Year of Release: 1972
Label: KPM Library (Catalog KPM1104)
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Library
Bitrate: 192kbps

Track List:
1. Quest
2. Quest (Fast)
3. Computermatic
4. Frontier To Knowledge
5. The Pattern Emerges
6. Freeze Frame
7. Plodding Power
8. Busy Microbes
9. Liquid Energy
10. Liquid Energy (Bubbling Rhythm)
11. No Man's Land
12. Depression
13. Nightwalker
14. Electrostings
15. Electrobuild
16. Celestial Cantabile
17. Effervescence
18. The Wizards Laboratory
19. Shock Chords

Download: Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic
Download Size: 41MB


Anonymous said...

I've long been curious about her so this is a true treat. Thanks so much for this and the rest of the goodies.


Zer0_II said...

Cioran: You're welcome. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I already posted 'White Noise - An Electric Storm' and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop' compilation here if you're interested in hearing more of Derbyshire's work. Use the search bar in the sidebar at the top of the page. I also have the albums 'The Tomorrow People' and 'Inventions For Radio: Dreams' also if you're interested.

phil said...

hi there - you may want to get a copy of the lp / cd reissue on glo-spot records [john cavanagh's label] - http://www.apexonline.com/melodybar record notes here too: http://delia-derbyshire.ecol.net/electrosonic-glospot-notes.html and an interview by john here: http://delia-derbyshire.dyndns.org/sites/interview_boa.php.html

Zer0_II said...

Phil: Thank you for the additional info. I wasn't aware that this had been re-released. I'll be sure to pick up a copy. Thanks for the link to the liner notes and interview also. It's always nice to learn a bit more about a truly fascinating artist.

phil said...

hmm, you've changed the pic to the kpm lp - why not leave both new + old art up for all to see?!
you may want to check the ron geesin lp that also been issued by glo-spot...

Zer0_II said...

Phil I had originally intended to use the original KPM Library cover, but I couldn't find it at the time I posted this, which is why I used the cover for the re-release. I also prefer to keep the pictures at a minimal level in order to increase the time it takes for all the elements on the page to load.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you give people like me a chance to hear something other than Delia's DW theme.


lucas said...

Greetings from Argentina!!

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