Following on from the glowing success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, DD Day 2014 will take place on SAT 12 APRIL at The Anthony Burgess Foundation here in Manchester UK. Buying advance tickets is strongly recommended as this lovely venue has limited capacity and alot of folk were disappointed not to get in last year to our event honouring one of the pioneering women in electronic music whose fascinating archive happens to be here in Manchester. Buy tickets for DD Day 2014.

I shall be performing a further developed version of my DD Day 2013 commission Audient My Dear with live visual accompaniment from the talented young artist Andrea Pazos.

Also on the bill is a wondrous 45 min audio-visual collage with audio from the Delia Derbyshire Archive and live performances of music commissions by Ailís Ní Ríain and Daniel Weaver.

We will then do a few tour dates, mainly down South this time. So if you are in one of the following cities, come experience the Delia-n delights!

Thurs 17 APRIL – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Info & tickets

Sat 19 APRIL – Horse hospital, London. Info & tickets

Sat 26 APRIL – Cube Microplex, Bristol. Info & tickets

Wed 4 JUNE – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich. Info & tickets

And for the curious amidst you, here is an update from the Delia Derbyshire archive and bit of a glimpse of DD Day 2014 presentations and reflections:

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As spring finally springs over here, I wanted to share a couple of candid random rarities I have happened across recently.

Sound tourism – Prof Trevor Cox’s Sonic Wonders

As part of the University of Manchester’s Cafe Scientifique series, I thoroughly enjoyed a suitably wondrous talk by Professor Trevor Cox about his Sonic Wonders- a website and now a book in the aim of uncovering Sound Tourism – obviously the way forward for us sound afficionado/as.

Whispering walls, record breaking reverbs and singing sand dunes amidst many others. Yes, singing booming sand dunes where all the particles of sand apparently have to be the same size (what the schnitzel?!) alongside a few other wondrous conditions (eg. dry, steep slope)..

Experimental music school in the 1960’s

Came across this rarity via Synthtopia and a few electronic friends. A delightful example of young minds taking to experimental music and music technology likes ducks to water. I love how it all makes perfect nonsense to them, as does the Delia Derbyshire music technology course I have been delivering in primary schools of recent.

And finally..

I broke a glass with my voice..And yes, it was intentional.
Thanks to Helen Arney of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, I was invited on stage to try to explode a wine glass by singin back its resonant frequency through a mic and amplifier. Apparently the voice has can only be within 1 or 2 hertz of the frequency (sound) the glass makes when you ping it. Well, I darn well did it and what an exhilarating experience it was!

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new year = new electronic music actions

January 23, 2014

I really am thankful nigh on everyday for being able to do more so free of yesteryear’s draining pain. O the joy for lucky me. And this year already has some right fun creative music projects in store.
DD DAY 2014
After the shimmering success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 in Manchester, UK and the following North [...]

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Outcomes of Delia Derbyshire inspired music technology course in schools pilot

November 28, 2013

With Delia Derbyshire estate approval, thanks to Arts Council England support and in partnership with One Education and John Rylands library, we have now completed the pilot course of workshops in 2 primary schools in Greater Manchester as part of our Delia Derbyshire Day project.
And here are the audio outcomes..

In their evaluation, the young participants [...]

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Back to skool thanks to fascinating Delia Derbyshire archive

September 26, 2013

After the inspiring journey that led to Delia Derbyshire Day in MCR in Jan 2013, I am rather stoked to be about to deliver a pilot electronic music and music technology course of workshops based around the work and archive of the late great electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001).

With Arts Council England support [...]

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An all-female electronic music festival – good idea or not?

August 14, 2013

So, we’re back to that old chestnut: women in electronic music/digital arts.
And then the question of whether all-female festivals are a good idea.
So, context: Female Pressure is an international network and database of female artists operating in the fields of electronic music/club culture. Of which I am a member. And we did a [...]

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Caro C soundcloud – new cloud of sound for new phase

June 25, 2013

Yes, a whole new Caro C jukebox is amassing. And there was me thinking I haven’t written much new stuff of late.

And here is a little visual stimuli courtesy of Kara Blake to “Audient, my dear” – my experimental electronic music response to hanging out with the archive of the late great Delia Derbyshire.

Audient, my [...]

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A Wondrous Place now on tour – theatre music and sound design

May 16, 2013

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A Wondrous Place is new writing, animation, video, music and delicious set design all directed by Chris Meads.

And yes, this one is also about me (again) – for I provided the theatre music and sound design.
With suitably wondrous contributions from talented fellow musicians:
Andy Hodson (real drums)
Janet Wolstenholme (bass guitar)
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Northern Spirit – A Wondrous Place – theatre music and sound design

April 7, 2013

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Northern Spirit is creating a brand new theatre show in MAY/JUNE 2013: A Wondrous Place for which I am currently working on sound design and soundtrack with a spirited team and wonderful guest musicians indeed. My first ride of making theatre music
The show will be visiting Liverpool Unity Theatre (15-18 May), [...]

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It’s Dynamic Range Day!

March 22, 2013

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I am continuing to support mastering engineer & music producer Ian Shepherd’s campaign for dynamic range in music (ie. quiet and loud volumes, not just all loud volume).

The campaign is expanding each year, so you can hop over to Dynamic Range Day website to find out more and how to take part. [...]

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