DD Day 2016 took place on SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2016 at HOME in Manchester with hands-on workshops for families, a special music and visuals arts programe and live pop-up music performance filling the HOME building with Delia-n spirit!
Electronic music-making taster workshops for families
We were full capacity for our hands-on music-making workshop in the spirit of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) for kids and an adult family member. Using Delia’s iconic rendering of the original Dr Who Theme as a starting point, participants turned non-musical objects into musical building blocks and marvellous pieces of music for imaginary TV programmes (with images to spark the imagination). This was a playful and collaborative music experience to explore and experiment with sound and loops. Age 6+, no musical experience necessary.
Live pop-up music performance
Composer, musician and sound engineer Janet Wolstenholme did a wonderful pop-up improvised performance inspired by Delia and her working methods. Janet did some live recordings, sampling and looping, and had guests sing, speak and play instruments which she recorded, sampled and played with. This seemed to work really well in the foyer space at HOME and Janet had a nice attentive crowd as the day’s events gained momentum.
DD Day 2016 film & music programme
- Screening of new archive donations with music by Delia Derbyshire: One of These Days (1973) -30 mins – directed by Madelon Hooykaas & Two Houses (1980) – 41 mins – directed by Elisabeth Kozmian.
- Plus personal appearance and introduction to One of These Days by film maker Madelon Hooykaas.
One of these days (30 min, NL, 1973, U cert, in English)
Directed by Elsa Alexandra Stansfield & Else Madelon Hooykaas
One of these days was made as an image impression of a ‘person of today’ Marte Röling, an Amsterdam designer. The sounds throughout the day play an important role. Marte’s reactions are stimulated by the people around her and what they say. At the end she realises her dream to decorate an ocean liner with favourite form: mouths. Music by Delia Derbyshire.
Two Houses (41 mins, UK, U cert, 1980) – by Elisabeth Kozmian
Synopsis: In 1977 two architects bought derelict houses in Kentish Town, North London and set out to renovate them. Being very different people, their ways of working and approach were completely different. Symbolically this film is about the process of renewal, about change overcoming decay, about courage and hard work. On a more pedestrian level the film is about people converting their houses, an occupation very dear to British homeowners who are always tinkering with do-it-yourself. For this film Delia composed a piano score.
- A new archive sharing audio collage (17 mins) compiled by David Butler (lead researcher of the Delia Derbyshire Archive) with a visual live art response by artist Mary Stark.
- A new music commission by The Architects of Rosslyn – Producer/composer Mandy Wigby featuring composer/musician Howard Jacobs – responding to the inspiring Delia Derbyshire archive with a live soundtrack to a ‘dream sequence’ collage of films by artist and ‘movician’ Di Mainstone.
The event concluded with a Q&A with the Madelon Hooykaas (who actually knew and worked with Delia), Mandy & Mary exploring the relationship of music and visual arts and Delia’s work across these disciplines.
Plus we are put on a special pilot partnership event on 14 January 2016 at HOME:
[DWAN] Digital Women’s Archive North and Delia Derbyshire Day teamed up to deliver a pre-DD Day 2016 event, titled Archiving Women’s Performance Practice.
The event explored the (in)visibility of women’s practice in history and contemporary contexts, considering how mechanisms and content of the “archive” can be unravelled and re-presented. We looked at what archiving means to different people, the importance and value of archives, and the many ways we can capture narrative and outcomes.
Archiving Women’s Performance Practice was a lively networking event, a pilot in creative conferencing, with short presentations, performances, workshop activities, and a space for informal discussion and refreshments.