I was always into the theory of sound even in the 6th form. The physics teacher refused to teach us acoustics but I studied it myself and did very well. It was always a mixture of the mathematical side and music. Also, radio had been my love since childhood because I came from just a humble background with relatively few books and radio was my education. It was always my little ambition to get into the BBC.
I did the Dr Who theme music mostly on the Jason valve oscillators. Ron Grainer brought me the score. He expected to hire a band to play it, but when he heard what I had done electronically, he’d never imagined it would be so good. He offered me half of the royalties, but the BBC wouldn’t allow it.
Another recording made for David Platz’s Standard Music Library / Essex Music group, and again credited Russe. Described on the sleeve as “Waltz tempo, complete theme,” it was used for the Cilla Black driven British ’60s classic Work is a four letter word. Cilla (surprise, surprise) takes a lorra Magic Mushrooms, accompanied by Delia’s music, and generally plays the working class (contraceptive) pill popping girl of her Swingin’ times. Groovy, Fab and Gear.
A rare photo of Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram together, believed to have been taken by Malcolm Clarke at the 25th anniversary of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oram left the Workshop several years before Derbyshire joined, in order to set up her own studio nd develop her Oramics system, but apparently the two became friends in later life, visiting each other regularly in the years before they both passed away, within two years of each other, at the very start of the 21st century. Photo is copyright Brian Hodgson.