White Noise is an experimental electronic music band formed in London, England in 1969 by American-born David Vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in both physics and electronic engineering. He was initially joined by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, both ex of electronic music project Unit Delta Plus.
In 1969 White Noise released the groundbreaking album An Electric Storm on Island Records. The album was created using a variety of tape manipulation techniques, and is notable for its early use of the first British synthesizer, the EMS Synthi VCS3. Amongst many oddities, the first track on the album, “Love Without Sound”, employed sped-up tape edits of Vorhaus playing the double bass to create violin and cello sounds.
Delia Ann Derbyshire (1937-2001) is one of the true pioneers of modern day electronic music. Possibly best known as a part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and for her groundbreaking arrangement of the Doctor Who theme music - one of the first television themes to be recorded by entirely electronic means (years before synthtesizers came out). She was waaaay ahead of her time and it’s a shame she never got the fame she deserved until recently (she wasn’t even credited for Doctor Who). She has studied mathematics and was clearly one awesome lady. She should be totally the dream girl for every tech geek in the world as you can see here.
“Dreams” was made in collaboration with Barry Bermange (who originally recorded the narrations). Bermange put together The Dreams (1964), a collage of people describing their dreams, set to a background of electronic sound. Dreams is a collection of spliced/reassembled interviews with people describing their dreams, particularly recurring elements. The program of sounds and voices attempts to represent, in five movements, some sensations of dreaming: running away, falling, landscape, underwater, and colour.
Delia Ann Derbyshire (5 May 1937 - 3 July 2001) was an English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. She is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer’s theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.