Delia Derbyshire (1937 – 2001) was a British musician, who is said to be “the godmother of modern electronic dance music” (The Times).
She studied music and mathematics in Cambridge, and then worked for a while for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where she developed soundeffects and produced filmmusic. Delia is well-known for her recording of the Doctor Who theme.
Furthermore she was working on developing electronic music alone and with others, for example with her band White Noise, and to introduce electronic music at contemporary music festivals. She was also working with famous musicians like Jimi Hendrix and is nowadays a role model for bands like The Chemical Brothers.
By the mid 1970s she stopped her productions, because she was disillusioned by the apparent future of electronic music.
After her death a big collection of tapes was found, among which there are tracks that remind of a music style we know well today: techno.