Martyn Wade: Blue Veils and Golden Sounds

9 Jun

Martyn Wade’s play, ‘Blue Veils and Golden Sands‘ tells the story of Delia Derbyshire and you can listen to it on BBC 4 Extra- only 4 days left though! Tape loops, boombox discussions, ‘People hear, but they don’t listen’, record grooves, the comforting sound of a cup of tea- an enchanting insight into the pioneering electronic music producer, Delia Derbyshire. Click here to listen to it and enjoy!

Here is ‘Blue Veils and Golden Sands’ by Delia Derbyshire:

‘Recorded in the mid ’60s, this Delia Derbyshire composition was mostly created using electronic oscillators – severely high-pass filtered – to give the “shimmering heat haze” backdrop to the Tuareg tribesmen weaving slowly across the screen of a period documentary. Delia has since referred to the piece as including her “castrated oboe”, but the only non-electronic source really recorded is her voice, cut up and re-pieced.’ (

Here is an article about Blue Veils and Golden Sands.


One Response to “Martyn Wade: Blue Veils and Golden Sounds”

  1. caro c (@carosnatch) June 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    nice insight into her life. tho the lady’s voice just cannot match delia’s dynamic voice. thanks for sharing 🙂

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