“Delia Derbyshire used door-knockers, motor Horns, animal calls and, most famously, a lampshade from which she fashioned mini-musical soundscapes.  Why not build up your own personal sound bank account? Make regular favourite musical deposits and ultimately withdraw a truly unique investment – you’ll find plenty of interest along the way!”

Dick Mills, colleague and friend of Delia Derbyshire at The BBC Radiophonic Workshop and current member of The Radiophonic Workshop

“Delia Derbyshire found music in every sound she heard. From the terrifying thrum of the bombs falling on her home city of Coventry when she was a child, through the endlessly-varying tonalities of the human voice, to the sounds of wild animals and the internal combustion engine. And then, of course, there were the sounds produced when electrical current is passed through valves and transistors before finding its way into the open air via loudspeakers.

All you need to capture the same sounds that inspired Delia and her Radiophonic colleagues is a recording device – your mobile phone will do – and your imagination”.

Mark Ayres, BBC Archivist, composer, donator of the DD Archive to University of Manchester, and current current member of The Radiophonic Workshop

What is the Deliaphonica Soundbank?

The Deliaphonica Soundbank is a fun activity we have cooked up with our board of trustees as a playful way of celebrating Delia’s landmark 80th birthday with her passion for quirky non-musical sounds.

The Deliaphonica Soundbank will be launched on what would have been Delia’s 80th birthday on 5 MAY 2017. No equipment and prior knowledge is required to engage with this electronic music heritage resource aside from a computer/tablet/phone.

More comprehensive information will accompany the activity then but here is a hopefully intriguing summary for now:


You will be able to play loops, melodies and one-shot samples – hopefully the perfect procrastination tool.

This online interactive web platform is intended as a playful exploratory tool to engage and interact with signatory Delia-n sounds.

The game is currently being produced by Manchester based clever artist David Boultbee of BREAD Art.


We want you to submit your favourite quirky sounds to our soundbank library to collect a rich bank of sounds that can be played in the Deliaphonica game.

Sounds will need to be submitted via email between 5 May and 5 September 2017.

We will provide guidance and instructions on how to optimally record and submit your Deliaphonic sound.


Til then keep your ears on for any interesting sounds – maybe you will spot some of the enchanting sounds that can be found in the everyday!

DD Day is very grateful for the support of Heritage Lottery Fund as this activity is part of our “Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project.”

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