Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society debut remix of Fripp and Eno’s ambient classic
by Andrew Mason
Based on the foundation of a thirty-five-year friendship, “a mutual respect for Delia, Eno, Tomita and Kraftwerk, and a roomful of iconic and mostly working synthesizers,” the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society pays homage to electronica pioneers with an ambient excursion that would be right at home amidst such landmarks as Music for Airports or Klaus Schulze’s Mirage.
The project, named after the groundbreaking yet largely unheralded Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (who concocted many of the sounds used in classic Dr. Who episodes) is a collaboration between two electronic music veterans, Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones. Hughes has lent his talents to artists such as Bjork, Sly & Robbie, Killing Joke, the Art of Noise, and the Orchestral Pink Floyd project, and is also the cofounder of Bombay Dub Orchestra. Harvey has collaborated with Julian Cope, Carla Bley, and Chris Boti among many others.
At a time when electronic music rarely strays from a grid of programmed beats, this album takes a different approach. Jones harkens back to a time when leading electronic musicians were creating “extremely emotional music, or perhaps romantic is a better word. I worry, just a little, that some contemporary synthesists are more interested in the gear than in writing music that might move people.” In aiming to achieve this goal, the duo restricted their audio palette: “The only firm idea we had when we started was that there would be no beats or vocals and that we would use [only] synthesizers and keyboards,” a credo adhered to with one exception, suitably nit-picky for such purists, the use of a vintage Mellotron.
The first single, “Blue Filter,” is available now via Six Degrees Records, while the complete album will follow on February 10th, 2017.
Wax Poetics is happy to debut a non-album cut from DDAS, an interpretation of “Evening Star,” the title track from the milestone 1975 album from another duo, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. “It’s our pleasure to pay homage to Fripp and Eno,” says Jones, “without whose influence our lives would have been considerably duller.”
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