No its not a Nick Cave song, not even close…. I have a few friends that I have known for a very long time, but the longer I know them the more I appreciate them. These people are the best friends to have. They are subtle & so deep that time is the only means of discovering their unique wisdom. And so it also goes with some artists; people you have never met but who’s unique vision has left a creative trail of bread crumbs for you to discover, if you are worthy & have that most crucial attribute for an interesting life: eternal curiosity.
Recently I’ve fallen in love with the work of Delia Derbyshire no doubt if you are reading this you know who she is, just as I did… and I knew she was amazing & all, but that was based on a vague instinct/fanboy state attached to anyone associated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The idea of actually sighting works of hers (other than the Doctor Who theme) which that vague feeling could be based on had remained in my periphery. But now it isn’t, one revelation is based on an audio work, the other on a statement.
First the statement; (via disquiet) One sound source she recorded & processed in many ways was a green lampshade, literally! “For a documentary on the Tuareg people of the Sahara desert, she took the ringing part of the lampshade sound, faded it up and then reconstructed it using the workshop’s 12 oscillators to give a whooshing sound, allied to her own voice. “So the camels rode off into the sunset with my voice in their hooves and a green lampshade on their backs,” she once said. Now THAT is poetry to my ears…
Next is an audio work – ever since I first heard this I have imagined myself having to do the same project now, with all the technology I have at hand & I am daunted by the task; not in the technical methodology involved but in the aesthetic poetry of what she seamlessly achieves, which simply transcends technology….