Weekend Gallimaufry with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from 1964 featuring the electonic music of Delia Derbyshire. Amor Dei, written by Barry Bermange.
April 23, 2011

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Amor Dei - an invention for Radio


When Newstalgia first started (over 2 years ago), I ran a landmark piece of electronic music, conceived by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop headed by Delia Derbyshire who was not only a founder of the workshop, but one of the first women involved in Electronic music. Her contributions however, have gone sadly overlooked even though they were wide ranging (she did the original theme music for Doctor Who - elements of that theme are still used) they have been uncredited. Only in recent years, unfortunately after her death, has she been rediscovered and slowly being given the recognition she has deserved.

The piece I ran two years ago was The Dreams (which you can still hear). It was issued on disc via the BBC Transcription Service. The other side of that disc, also from 1964 is Amor Dei, another invention for Radio, with spoken word montage by Barry Bermange and electronic music score by Delia Derbyshire.

I've been meaning to run it for months now. It's just a coincidence that it happens to be on Easter weekend. I also ran across my friend Pati's mesmerizing photograph and thought the two more or less belonged together.

Maybe no coincidence.

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Technical note: The piece gets very quiet in places for long periods of time. It's not over until the BBC Announcer comes on at the end. It's about a half-hour.

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