A round up of what we have been up to with new art, events and workshops
We have now almost completed our “Electric Storm 50” project and have worked with so many creative folk who have been consistently inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire and her fellow White Noise band members. We cooked up a number of “electric storms” in a variety of forms and here is a brief summary of our project activities. This project has been supported by Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation, Musicians’ Union, The Matthew Nicholls Foundation, Manchester Youth Music Hub, Spirit Studios, Sound on Sound magazine, Brighter Sound, Genelec, RME Audio via Synthax Audio, Korg UK and Ableton.
Loreto College Electric Storm project & event
“I’ve learned how far the roots of electronic music go. I had no idea how old these concepts (sampling, looping) are and how difficult it would have been…which would have inspired a lot of creativity.” Adam Rowe, student
“We loved the performance and how the students were not regurgitating other music but developing their own voice and identity and taking creative risks.” Rachel Nicholls, The Matthew Nicholls Foundation
The Making of “An Electric Storm” – interview with David Vorhaus
We interviewed David Vorhaus who instigated the White Noise trio (Delia, David & Brian Hodgson of Dr Who/BBC Radiophonic Workshop) to find out more about how this visionary album was made. CLICK HERE to read the fascinating interview.
DD day eve masterclass with Julie MacClarnon
DD day 2019 MCR
The event included electronic music workshops to create your own electric storm, a talk by David Vorhaus as well as panel discussion unpacking the production and legacy of “An Electric Storm.”
DD Day is a platform for electronic music past, present and future so we also presented 2 new audio-visual works by commissioned artists BISHI, Kat Lovell & Izzy Bolt plus DJ’s Tukatz & PeRiSuu.
DD Day 2019 was supported by Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation, Musicians’ Union and Spirit Studios with beginner workshop 5.1 system provided by Genelec & RME Audio via Synthax Audio UK.
DD day 2019 MCR workshops new music
“Using the materials to make sounds”
“How we had a bunch of speakers to put a sample in each one”
“I liked how you could have the opportunity to work with surround sound but make friends”
“Hearing the finished piece coming together and introduction to concepts involved”
“The ability to meet other artists and use a professional set-up”
“Hearing the piece constructed out of everyone’s sounds”
David Vorhaus of White Noise talking about the making of “An Electric Storm”
DD Day 2019 commission 1: BISHI
DD Day 2019 commission 2: Kat Lovell & Izzy Bolt
Kat produced a 15 minute electronic composition featuring natural and organic sounds, a folk song, an improvised drum section all performed with live coding.
The digital visual piece by Izzy Bolt takes inspiration from Delia’s innovative research with sound, so Izzy took the decision to build things from the ground up and programme all the controls to MIDI. Taking inspiration from stereo expansion used in An Electric Storm, the piece combines movement and transformation of visuals that mirrors the audio composition whilst taking on its own qualities.
An extract of this new work will be available soon.
New audio feature about “An Electric Storm”
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 the voices of Ian Campell, 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 on steel pans.
DD Day 2019 LDN edition at British Library
We held daytime workshops for ages 12+ supported by a Genelec 5.1 surround sound system and RME Audio/Synthax Audio.
Then there was a mini symposium unpacking the album “An Electric Storm” and its legacy which featured White Noise members David Vorhaus and Brian Hodgson, presented by Jo Langton.
The day was polished off with a performance packed late event presented by Nemone (BBC 6 Music). Approximately 300 audience members were offered live audio visual performances inspired by Delia and “An Electric Storm” with Architects of Rosslyn, BISHI, Caro C/Andrea Pazos, Kat Lovell/Izzy Bolt and creative DJ Lisa Busby. The event was produced in partnership with Ikectik Lab (London).
DD day 2019 LDN workshops new music
“I learned to create different sounds e.g. the lampshade & changing vocals”
“ It captured the excitement and creativity that I can imagine the Radiophonic Workshop engineers experienced in the studio.”