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Caroline Catz on Delia Derbyshire

Stuart chats to the director of a new docudrama about pioneering electronic composer Delia Derbyshire. The featured album is Sonny Sharrock’s 1969 album Black Woman.

Stuart chats to the director, writer and actress of a new BBC Four docudrama which explores pioneering electronic composer Delia Derbyshire’s life and work. Titled ‘Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes’, the experimental and intimate film features inventive recreated scenes starring Catz herself as well as interviews with Derbyshire’s peers and collaborators, including Throbbing Gristle founding member and radical performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti. Stuart hears about what it was like representing the cult figure and the challenges she faced in her career whilst working in the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The featured album is American jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock’s 1969 debut album Black Woman. Recorded alongside his wife Linda who provides Yoko Ono-influenced vocals, the album also features an all star cast of New York-based free jazz musicians of the time including pianist Dave Burrell, drummer Milford Graves, trumpeter Teddy Daniel, and bassist Norris Jones amongst others. Black Woman is a hypnotic and psychedelic mix of manic guitar crescendos, dramatic trumpet solos, touches of eccentric country blues and bursts of melodic madness.

Plus, rural landscape-inspired organ compositions from Yorkshire, infectious experimental electro pop from Belgium and chilling abstract wind compositions made from hand-crafted ceramics.

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Sun 23 May 2021 20:00

Music Played

  • Black Mountain

    Florian Saucer Attack

    • IV.
    • Jagjaguwar.
  • COBALT CHAPEL

    Our Angel Polygon

    • ORANGE SYNTHETIC.
    • Klove.
  • Ståle Storløkken

    First Sphere 

    • GHOST CARAVAN.
    • Hubro Music.
  • Sonny Sharrock

    Black Woman

    • BLACK WOMAN.
    • Vortex Records.
  • MEER

    Beehive

    • PLAYING HOUSE.
    • Karisma Records.
  • Aksak Maboul

    Retour Chez A (Felix Rubin Remix)

  • The Space Lady

    Major Tom

    • The Space Lady's Greatest Hits.
    • Night School.
  • Sonny Sharrock

    Portrait Of Linda In Three Colours All Black

    • BLACK WOMAN.
    • Vortex Records.
  • Black Country, New Road

    Opus

    • For the First Time.
    • Rough Trade.
  • LTO

    Noachia

    • Daer.
    • Denovali.
  • Raz Ullah

    My God, It’s Full Of Stars

    • Test Transmission.
    • Blackford Hill.
  • Cakewalk

    Bells

    • TRANSFIXED.
    • Hubro.
  • BLK JKS

    Yela Oh! 

    • ABANTU / BEFORE HUMANS.
    • Glitterbeat Records.
  • Coleen Apura Trinidad

    Implosion / Explosion

    • THE TUNNEL AND THE CLEARING.
    • Thrill Jockey.
  • Deradoorian

     Saturnine Night

    • FIND THE SUN.
    • Anti.
  • Jacco Gardner

    Find Yourself

    • HYPNOPHOBIA.
    • Full Time Hobby.
  • Sonny Sharrock

    Bialero

    • BLACK WOMAN.
    • Vortex Records.
  • OLIVER LEITH

    Manicure

    • MEDUSA.
    • Accidental Records.
  • Fly Pan Am

    Scanner

  • T2

    No More White Horses

    • IT’LL ALL WORK OUT IN BOOMLAND.
    • Decca.

Broadcast

  • Sun 23 May 2021 20:00