I regularly get to witness the magic that music can have on people’s lives. I cannot underestimate the power of self-expression. A exploratory project with Lime Arts (art in hospitals) through my work with Drake Music (working with disabled musicians), I worked with brilliant musician Holly Marland as she played live music in the Othopaedic Trauma Unit at MRI hospital in Manchester. Along with the activities coordinator on the busy ward, we sang and made music with patients. I spent a fair time in wards such as these when my back was not well, so it was good to return in music capacity. Here is a collage of what occurred.

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Delia Derbyshire Day is one of the 3 main strands of my work. I instigated what is now a registered charity and make stuff happen with some amazing trustees. Delia Derbyshire’s archive is here in Manchester and I thought this has to be a gem of electronic music heritage, so let’s make a fuss of it. We now do (electronic) music education (workshops and in schools/colleges) and live music events inspired by the late great electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001).

My old sound engineering school, Spirit Studios, have come on board as MCR venue sponsors for our DD Day 2019 project and event (23 NOV 2019). Here’s a litle interview I did with them about Delia, our Delia Derbyshire Day work and what’s happening this year as part of our “Electric Storm 50″ project.

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An interview with the second women electronic music composer in the UK

August 21, 2019 Uncategorized

I am excited to share a wonderful chat I had with Janet Beat. Aged 81 and based in Scotland, Janet describes herself as “the second woman electronic music composer in the UK”. Only in the timeline of best known professional composers. Daphne Oram came first, then Delia Derbyshire became known after Janet had set up [...]

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Female Pressure electronic music podcast

July 30, 2019 audio/visual

Here’s a podcast I made for female:pressure – an international database and support network for women, womxn and non binary identifying peoples working in the multi-faceted fields stemming from electronic music club culture.

This is a journey through some of the tracks that I listened to most in my formative years as an electronic musician. Some [...]

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Trailer for “In The Footsteps” – a collaboration with Madelon Hooykaas

June 4, 2019 audio/visual

I am excited to share the trailer for the first performance of “In The Footsteps” which took place at Manchester Art Gallery in March 2019.
The performance wad filmed and trailer produced by Luna Film.

Trailer – In the Footsteps (of Delia Derbyshire and Li Yuan-chia), with Madelon Hooykaas and Caro C at Manchester Art Gallery from [...]

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Composer & Sound Designer for new Company of Others show

March 24, 2019 Uncategorized

And so I head up to my electronic music nurturing ground of Newcastle Upon Tyne to start work on creating original music and sound design for a new show by Company of Others, supported by Arts Council England. The show is about endings, with stories offered by women in the North of England.

We will [...]

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Next live performance – World of Janet, 23 March, Manchester

March 8, 2019 live shows

Next outing coming up is an invite to create a re-interpretation of a track by Janet Wolstenholme – Manchester’s own experimental electronic music legend as well as musician, composer, artist and film maker.

An evening of music, film and one human’s fertile world of creativity filling the gorgeous Cross Street Chapel in Manchester. Again I [...]

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Next performance: In the Footsteps at Manchester Art Gallery

February 24, 2019 collaborations

As my year forges on, another new work emerges.
My next outing will the first sharing of a collaboration with video art pioneer Madelon Hooykaas called “In the footsteps”.

Still from video “in the footsteps’ image: Madelon Hooykaas
I met Madelon thanks to my work with Delia Derbyshire Day, as Madelon came to DD Day 2016 (a visual [...]

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Next live electronic music live performance in Manchester with King of the Slums

January 10, 2019 live shows

This interesting opportunity has come about via some nice serendipity. I do the occasional slot of engineering for Airtight Studios and they asked me to cover a vocal recording session for King of the Slums. The session went well and Charlie, the vocalist asked me about my own music. Then he invited me to support [...]

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Women pioneers of electronic music podcast

December 14, 2018 Uncategorized

I hereby offer you a podcast I recently made international network and database FEMALE PRESSURE.
It covers a small selection of electronic music pioneers past and present, personal and universal.
From Delia Derbyshire, Susanne Ciani, Wendy Carlos to bjork, Electric Indigo and music from a few other members of female:pressure.
I hope you enjoy the journey!

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