Delia Derbyshire & BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Inventions For Radio

Release date: 08/12/2023

£199.99

Delia Derbyshire & BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Inventions For Radio

Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

FORMATS

6LP Box Set (Limited Edition)

GENRE

Soundtrack
Release date: 08/12/2023
SKU: SILLP1598 Category: Tag:

The BBC’s Third Programme aired four radio broadcasts between January 1964 and September 1965, collectively known as Inventions for Radio. They were ground-breaking in both form and content, conceived by playwright Barry Bermange and consisting of the voices of the general public answering questions on four themes, one for each programme: dreams, the existence of God, life after death and ageing. At a time when it was unheard of to give a media platform to anyone perceived as being of low socio-economic status, the broadcasts generated many complaints for the “rough” voices of its participants.

Delia Derbyshire was assigned by the Radiophonic Workshop to edit and add electronic music / effects. The collaborative result is dreamlike and mesmerizing, an audial window to another era. For many years Derbyshire was not credited for her contribution, nor were the broadcasts available commercially, although they still managed to acquire something of a cult following.

This boxset includes one LP for each broadcast and two further LPs of additional material. There is a 20-page booklet with extensive notes by Mark Ayres (Producer) and David Butler, (one of the lead researchers and curators of the Delia Derbyshire Archive and co-founder of Delia Derbyshire Day). The insight into Derbyshire’s archive, her music and its influences and her collaboration with Bermange is fascinating, providing context for these extraordinary pieces which have been the most elusive of Twentieth Century classics until now.

Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Format – Limited Edition 6LP Box Set

2 for £25

TRACKLISTING (IF AVAILABLE)

LP1 – THE DREAMS
SIDE A
1. Opening Announcement
2. Running Away
3. Falling
4. Landscape

SIDE B
1. Underwater
2. Colour
3. Closing Announcement

LP2 – AMOR DEI
SIDE A
1. Opening Announcement
2. Amor Dei – Movement 1
3. Amor Dei – Movement 2
4. Amor Dei – Movement 3a

SIDE B
1. Amor Dei – Movement 3b
2. Amor Dei – Movement 4
3. Closing Announcement

LP3 – THE AFTER-LIFE
SIDE A
1. Opening Announcement
2. The After-Life – Movement 1
3. The After-Life – Movement 2

SIDE B
1. The After-Life – Movement 3
2. The After-Life – Movement 4
3. Closing Announcement

LP4 – THE EVENINGS OF CERTAIN LIVES
SIDE A
1. Opening Announcement
2. Moving
3. Seeing
4. Hearing [start]

SIDE B
1. Hearing [conclusion]
2. Time
3. Then and Now
4. Closing Announcement

LP5 – RELATED AND BONUS MATERIAL
SIDE A
1. The Dreams – Opening Music
2. The Dreams (from “The Cloud”)
3. “Falling” (Music Track)
4. “Underwater” (Music Track)
5. Amor Dei Background 1

SIDE B
1. Amor Dei Background 2
2. Amor Dei Background 2 (High)
3. Amor Dei Background 3
4. Amor Dei Background 4 (Rorate caeli desuper)
5. “Atheism” music (from “Poets in Prison”)

LP6 – RELATED AND BONUS MATERIAL
SIDE C
1. Amor Dei Background 1 (repurposed for “Tutankhamun’s Egypt”)
2. Christmas Music – Plainsong Antiphons (unacc.) – Rorate caeli desuper
3. A Doorway into a New Life
4. The Cord That Binds
5. Heavenly Backgrounds 1
6. Heavenly Backgrounds 2
7. Heavenly Backgrounds 3

SIDE D
1. Heavenly Backgrounds 4
2. Heavenly Backgrounds 5
3. Heavenly Backgrounds 6
4. Heavenly Backgrounds 7
5. Heavenly Backgrounds 8
6. The Delian Mode (original full length version)

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