October 2020 saw the BFI London Film Festival premiere of Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes. Cosey Fanni Tutti delivered the film’s score, and it will release via her Conspiracy International label on September 16th.
Tutti of course incorporated Derbyshire’s own recordings into the soundtrack. Accompanying them are original compositions by Tutti herself which derive influence from the early electronic music innovator’s body of work. Ahead of the release, Tutti has shared a preview of the aptly titled “Psychedelic Projections.”
“The compositions are inspired by my research of the Delia Derbyshire audio archive, Delia’s original compositional notes and techniques which in combination with my admiration and love of Delia’s work provided a way to integrate her style and approach to music with my own,” said Tutti. “An alliance of our sensibilities.”
Derbyshire is celebrated as an electronic music trailblazer for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop during the ’60s. She composed the iconic theme music for the television show Dr. Who, and after she died of renal failure in 2001 267 reel-to-reel tapes were found alongside over 1,000 papers in her attic. Shortly after the premiere of Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes, Derbyshire’s career was also explored in a film titled Sisters with Transistors about female electronic music pioneers.
Cosey Fanni Tutti is an English musician and writer perhaps best known for her role in pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle in the ’70s. Her body of work spans visual works, performance art, and even pornography. 2019 saw the release of her eight-song album, Tutti.
The Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes soundtrack is available for preorder in clear vinyl record format via Cargo Records.