Introducing our new commissioned artists for DD Day 2016

As the countdown commences to our exciting DD Day 2016 at HOME in Manchester, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful newly commissioned artists.

As with our previous DD Day events in Manchester in 2013 & 2014,  we have commissioned North West England based artists to produce new work as a creative response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at John Rylands Library (part of University of Manchester). This year’s new artists’ works works will be performed for the first time at DD Day 2016 at HOME on 17 Jan 2016.

The theme for DD Day 2016 is music and the visual arts. So it seems only fitting that we have a new work by a music composer who has composed music for film, a visual live artist and a pop-up performance mini-commission by a composer and film maker who have all been inspired by Delia’s work and working methods.

We believe these artists are dedicated to their craft and dare to be rare. Like Delia did.

Mandy Wigby – music composer & studio producer/engineer

Mandy Wigby is a Manchester-based composer and music/studio producer with music broadcast on films, BBC TV, BBC Radio 1 and 6music.

Mandy will perform as The Architects of Rosslyn with multi-instrumentalist Howie Jacobs and produce a live soundtrack for a 17 minute collage of films by artist and ‘movician’ Di Mainstone especially compiled for DD Day 2016.

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Mandy Wigby performing as a member of Sisters of Transistors

Mandy gives us an insight into her creative process for this commission:
“Delia Derbyshire’s realisation of the Dr Who theme opened my mind to electronic music at a very early age, although it wasn’t until later I began to discover the full extent of her work with The Radiophonic workshop. Being able to immerse myself in Delia’s archive at Manchester University and experience more of her imagination, playfulness and incredibly evocative sound pieces for theatre and film has been a real treat.
 
I was particularly inspired by the dark and brooding theatre sound effects which had been made for Macbeth and Medea – the way she plays with harmonics, building sounds from everyday objects then disguising them, sometimes morphing and manipulating these elements to play with the audience’s subconscious ear.
 
In contrast to the dark side were other collaborations with artists in the archive which showed her playfulness, charm and wicked sense of humour. Her interest in sound and vision led to many projects about, and also with, visual artists.
I tried to incorporate these elements to inform my piece, responding to Delia’s archive to develop the way I work. Through collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Howie Jacobs, creating new sounds through processing and technology, and also by working with film maker and artist Di Mainstone, this commision allows me to push myself and my music into new areas of exploration in the spirit of Delia Derbyshire.”
Mary Stark – live visual artist

Mary Stark is an artist based in Manchester.

Mary will present a visual live art performance to accompany a new 17 minute collage of audio material from the Delia Derbyshire Archive. The audio collage has been compiled by David Butler, lead researcher of the DD Archive and senior lecturer of Screen Studies at the University of Manchester.

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Mary tells us about her journey in creating her performance piece:

 

“The most inspiring things I’ve found about Delia’s archive has been looking through her papers gaining insight to her process of working with sound through her graphic scores. I’ve really enjoyed looking at all of the documents, seeing her handwriting and her school books, which contain doodles and sketches alongside mathematical drawings and diagrams, showing how her approach to composition and perception of sound developed from early in her life.
The drawings are delicate, sensitive and often repeat patterns. Sometimes they have been drawn on the back of papers that must have been lying around her desk, such as invoices or posters advertising concerts. which I really like as it hints at her way of working that she might have just grabbed at what was nearby when inspiration hit.
The graphic scores, notes and drawings have all been informing the cameraless black and white film I’ve been making. I’ve been drawing directly onto 35mm film and making digital drawings on acetate sheets, which are then printed photographically onto 35mm film in the darkroom, in a process similar to Man Ray’s photograms.
The way I make films also echoes Delia Derbyshire’s work with reel-to-reel tape, as I cut and splice film by hand. It’s laborious and repetitive, involving sustained physical contact with the filmstrip and long periods in the dark room. I’ve been listening to Delia’s sounds collaged by David Butler on repeat whilst working in the darkroom and it is a true honour to be given the chance to respond to her work!”
Janet Wolstenholme – music composer & studio producer/engineer
Janet Wolstenholme is a highly experienced and prolific composer of electronic music, a film maker, a singer songwriter and has been in many Manchester music bands including Bandit Queen and Beyond the Glass. Janet is also a committed sound engineer and studio producer, recording and doing live sound for many bands and artists. Janet works as a music facilitator and producer and engineer at Seed Studios in Trafford.
Janet’s piece, called Just Before Now, will be an improvised pop-up performance in the foyer of HOME on DD Day (4.30-5.30pm) utilising her technical and creative skills with live sampling, looping and manipulation.
DD Day 2016 is very grateful for funding support from Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation and University of Manchester for making these artist commissions possible.
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Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – tickets now on sale!

DD Day 2014 IABF posterTo buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 tickets from Skiddle

For tour dates in Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol and Norwich please go to DD Day 2014 tickets page

After the sell-out and general success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, Delia Darlings are pleased to announce DD Day 2014, a follow up event honouring the fascinating work and archive of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001). Delia was a pioneering electronic music composer who worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is most famous for realising the original Dr Who theme in 1963.

DD Day 2013 was the first of its kind. And due to continued demand and with the most valued support of the Delia Derbyshire Estate and Delia Derbyshire Archive at the University of Manchester, DD Day 2014 will take place at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Sat 12 April 2014.

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

Awarded funding from the Arts Council England, this project involves two new artist commissions, the DD Day 2014 event, England tour dates (London, Bristol, Hebden Bridge, Norwich and Oxford) and an education project.

Project Manager Caro C explains:

The success of DD Day 2013 far exceeded our expectations, demonstrating great interest in Delia’s work, her archive and support for our rather radical cross-genre programming. And this year sees a DD Day 2014 with a fresh format. We are excited to be able to present an audio visual collage of archive material, new music and visual art commissions and a short presentation by a Delian expert. We hope Delia would approve of us shaking things up and not just duplicating a successful event.

In the run up to the event we will be divulging information about the events we have coming up and introducing our new artists and programme. So follow us here on WordPress or connect on Twitter and Facebook as we launch ourselves into another delightful Delia D inspired series of events.

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First round of Delia Darlings Tour done and dusted

Delia Darlings travelled to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle and were delighted with sold out shows in each venue. We were delighted to see so many of you come to support our work and of course the late great Delia Derbyshire.

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Kara Blake, filmaker who presented her  25 minute documentary film about Delia Derbyshire The Delian Mode

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Caro C performing her new work Audient, My dear
with live visual accompaniment courtesy of Kara Blake

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Naomi Kashiwagi performing her new work The Blues (Gramophonica Remix)

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Brendan Ball & Heather Bird performing Ailís Ní Ríain’s new work The Consequences of Falling

See some video footage of this performance

An abundance of thanks again to our funding supporters: Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and Quebec Arts Council.

Also mammoth appreciation to the wonderful venue partners Band on the Wall, FACT, Harley Live and Star and Shadow who looked after us so well and worked hard to help make these events happen.

More exciting news coming soon…

DD DAY DONE, NOW TIME FOR DELIA DARLINGS 3 NORTHERN TOUR DATES

So, DD Day 2013 was magic here in Manchester. There was so much love and respect for Delia in the packed out Band on the Wall. Apologies to those who did not manage to get in.

More about that later, as this week we now embark on our 3 date Northern England Delia Darlings Tour.

Each Tour date will include a screening of The Delian Mode with an introduction to the film and Q&A with its Canadian award winning film director, Kara Blake and performances of the three new Delia Derbyshire inspired music commissions by Ailís Ní Ríain, Caro C and Naomi Kashiwagi with live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake.

LIVERPOOL

Wed 16 Jan 2013,  6.30pm,  FACT  Free event – SOLD OUT

SHEFFIELD

Fri 18 Jan 2013, 7.30pm, £6,  Queen’s Social Club supporting

  Eccentronic Research Council  BUY HERE

NEWCASTLE

Sun 20 Jan 2013, 8pm, £6/£4  Star and Shadow  BUY HERE

Supported by Arts Council England, The PRS Foundation for Music and the Quebec Arts Council

HAPPY DD DAY EVE – A COUPLE OF GUEST MIXES TO GET YOU IN THE DELIAN MOOD

Happy Delia Derbyshire Day eve!

So, we very kindly have 2 guest mixes to get you in the Delia mood:

Guest mix by Steve Simms-Luddington of Manchester based band Monkeys in Love

Steve is a big Delia D, radiophonic fan and music collector who has kindly compiled this delightful 45 minutes of sounds especially for Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 at BAND ON THE WALL, MCR, UK on SAT 12 JAN 2013 from 3pm.

KRAUT UND OWT DELIA DERBYSHIRE MIX

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This shorter mix that is Delia’s music all the way was kindly compiled by the Kraut und Owt DJs who just happen to be Caro C‘s neighbours who look after the cat when she is away and massive Delia fans too.

Enjoy!

 

Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 Trailer

Sat 12 Jan 2013– Band on the Wall, Manchester– Full Day: £12 after. Afternoon event only: £6. Evening event only: £7.50. BUY HERE. Delia Derbyshire Day will be a day to celebrate and highlight the fascinating work of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), the pioneering electronic music composer most famous for realising the original Dr Who theme and her work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


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Delia Derbyshire Day project awarded PRS Women Make Music funding!

We have been awarded funding from the PRS Women Make Music latest allocation for Delia Derbyshire Day 2013!

More updates coming soon! Here’s an insight into the ethos of the award:

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“We have created this call because we want to raise awareness about the funding we offer to music creators and encourage more women to come forward for this support. By promoting role models for future generations, we hope that we will be encouraging more women to think about making a living as a music creator.” Chair of Trustees (PRS), Sally Taylor.

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