The Delian Mode explores the life of Delia Derbyshire the woman behind the Doctor Who theme


A great website Dangerous Minds , just posted an amazing short film on their site. It’s called The Delian Mode, it’s about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire who created by splicing magnetic tape together what musicians can do today with a press of a button. Her most notable credit is the iconic Dr. WHO theme. This film came out about four years ago and received a lot of awards, but unfortunately I’m just hearing about this film, as well as this pioneering woman. I hope you can forgive me. It’s interesting watching and learning about what this woman did and how she created, with tape, what musician “nowadays” still struggle to wrap their minds around with computers.

Directed by music video director Kara Blake under the name Philtre Films, The Delian Mode pays homage to someone most people know very little about, but whose works are responsible for the way we listen to music today. Below I’ve embedded the trailer for The Delian Mode, but you can watch the entire film HERE at Dangerous Minds.


The Delian Mode is a a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music deliansdnsndsndsdpioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen 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 Delian Mode Homepage

The Delian Mode – trailer from Philtre Films on Vimeo.

Published by Jeffrey Lamar

I’m an actor,musician and writer who's blended his love for all three into this blog.

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