Delia Derbyshire – Blue Veils and Golden Sands

Duration: 3'33

This piece was originally composed for a 1968 ‘World About Us’ documentary entitled ‘The Last Caravans’, about the nomadic Berbers / Tuareg and their camels in the Sahara Desert. The principal sound sources were a recording of Derbyshire’s voice and the ringing, when struck, of an old green aluminium lamp shade. As Derbyshire said, ‘the camels rode off into the sunset with my voice in their hooves and green lamp shades on their backs.’ The piece was later used as incidental music in the Dr Who serial ‘Inferno’, broadcast in 1970.



James Mooney