Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society – Blue Filter
Yesterday we had the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society’s remix of Fripp & Eno. It was so good that I thought we ought to have some of DAS’ own stuff, so here’s the Blue Filter EP.
The EP comes with the original track and two remixes. Blue Filter Album Mix owes quite a debt to Brian Eno and unselfconsciously harks back to some 80s electronica. It’s an ambient drone piece leavened by some gentle piano. The Have A Nice Day mix has even more ambient drone but with an uplifting synth line to replace the piano of the original. A more clearly electronica tune. A bit more 90s, if you like. The final mix is BDO’s Space Echo remix. Opening with a sales sample for an echo unit, it inevitably but beautifully gives ambient dub charms. A fine remix.
Blurb: Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones are two pioneering electronic music composers who first encountered each other in Birmingham England in the early 1980’s.
Garry has worked with artists as diverse as Bjork, Sly & Robbie, Killing Joke, The Art Of Noise and the Orchestral Pink Floyd project; he is also the co-founder of the popular Six Degrees act, Bombay Dub Orchestra. Harvey has collaborated with Julian Cope, Carla Bley & Chris Botti among many others.
Upon meeting, the two vintage synth fanatics swiftly realized they were both obsessed with synthesizers and that both were inspired to get into electronic music through the theme to the popular UK Television series, Doctor Who, a seminal piece of electronica, created by Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It’s an outstanding musical achievement that still sounds amazing to this day.
Of course, it was inevitable that one day the two in demand producers and players would sit down to record an album project together. Starting as a series of improvisations in Harvey’s Manhattan studios, the record moved back & forth between NY and Garry’s studio in Wales. The resulting collaboration is a contemplative, yet melodic record, free of beats and vocals, expressing the duo’s love of analog synths, Mellotron sounds and vintage studio effects. Beautifully evoking Garry & Harvey’s beloved 70’s era electronic ambient music, the debut of the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society is more than a fitting tribute to the spirit of the artist for which it is named.