The City Is Full Of Noises//Delia Derbyshire Film Screenings

8 March 2023 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with a look back at the ground-breaking work of Delia Derbyshire, the Coventry-born electronic music pioneer who inspired The City is Full of Noises Festival.

In honour of the occasion, we’ll be screening Kara Blake’s 2009 documentary The Delian Mode and The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell, produced for Delia Derbyshire Day 2019. 


Taking its name from a piece of incidental music written by Derbyshire in the 1960s, The Delian Mode is an award-winning, experimental film profiling the pioneering Coventry composer Delia Derbyshire, who is now best remembered for her work on the Doctor Who theme tune. Created in the spirit of Delia’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, Blake’s 25-minute short illuminates her soundscapes on screen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

The film features interviews with Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills of the now defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the founder of Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X) as well as other friends and colleagues of Delia.


The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell is a collage of audio arranged and edited by David Butler with video by Andrea Pazos produced for Delia Derbyshire Day 2019, which honoured the 50th anniversary of An Electric Storm by White Noise (Island Records, 1969). The 23-minute film is made in the spirit of the four Inventions for Radio, a collaboration between Delia Derbyshire and the dramatist Barry Bermange. Using sounds and voices, the illustrates the story of White Noise’s album – how it came to be made, its distinctive qualities, cultural significance and ongoing influence on artists today.

All the voices were recorded from life and arranged in a setting of radiophonic sound in twelve movements. Drawing on music and sound design by Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus from the Kaleidophon years when An Electric Storm was made and released, the feature includes interviews with Ian Campbell, Chris Carter, Ian Heliwell, Suzy Mangion, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Adrian Utley, Martyn Ware and Mandy Wigby as well as an original arrangement and performance of ‘Firebird’ by Morris Clarke.

Deliaphonic 2018

A huge thank you to Ian, Ayse, Dan, Mike and David for a fantastic show last night. Great to hear such a wide range of electronic music, a fitting tribute to Delia and her legacy.

Thanks to everyone who came along for a really good turn out. And thanks to all the volunteers and staff who make these events possible, particularly the personnel at the church who were great hosts.


Deliaphonic 2018//Artist profile//White Noise

Born out of the ashes of Unit Delta Plus, White Noise formed when Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson met and started to work with David Vorhaus. Sessions held late at night in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in Maida Vale eventually gave birth to the seminal album, An Electric Storm.


A true electronic music pioneer and innovator, David has continued his unique musical journey with further White Noise releases over the years, and is now joined in White Noise by fellow sound artist Mike Painter.

White Noise will be playing some tracks from An Electric Storm, along with more contemporary pieces. The perfect way to celebrate Delia’s birthday.


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Deliaphonic 2018//Artist profile//Esya



A member of the post-punk band Savages, and bass/electronic duo Kite Base, The Tin Music and Arts and Synthcurious welcome Ayse Hassan to the Deliaphonic 2018 line up.

Performing as Esya, her new solo electronic project, we are delighted that she has chosen Deliaphonic for one of her first gigs. Not to be missed!

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Synthcurious at CET

A big thank you to everyone that came along to yesterdays sound installation. It was another great turnout. Below are a few pics and clips from the day.

The event was a taster for Deliaphonic, which is next Saturday, the 5th May. Headline this year is White Noise, the band Delia was a part of in 1969. Not to be missed!