Dea Ex Machina
Delia Derbyshire & Daphne Oram pioneers of sound art
Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), British composer, musician and designated “Godmother of electronic dance music” (The Times) is a widely under-recognised pioneer of sound and composer of electronic music. Like her colleague Daphne Oram (1925-2003) who developed the “Oramics” synthesizer, Derbyshire composed numerous soundtracks for both radio and TV at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – such as the iconic tune for TV series “Dr Who”. Her “functional” compositions move freely between the genres of popular music and experimental sound. In a mix of lecture, sound- image- and video collage, Balke will let the pioneers speak for themselves.
Thora Balke, artist, photographer, musician and curator, has had an interest in everyday noise and sound for many years. She attended the Biennale in Venice in 2009 at the invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset (Nordic Pavilion). In 2011she was co-curator of Norway's only international Art Biennale LIAF. Collaboration with Magne Furuholmen. Lives and works in New York and Oslo.