naomikashiwagiThis Saturday sees the staging of Delia Derbyshire Day – an event celebrating the pioneering work of the electronic music icon through a series of talks, films, discussions and guests taking place at Band On The Wall in Manchester.

Delia Derbyshire is best known for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, particularly for her arrangement of the classic Doctor Who theme music.

The event also features a collaboration with artist Naomi Kashiwagi who has forged her own unique path in creating music. Using wind-up gramophones and 78rpm records, Naomi has adapted these as DJ turntables to produce evocative and unexpected soundscapes. Part of Naomi’s musical arsenal is the ‘Gramoscope’ – a combination of stethoscope and ear trumpet which she uses as headphones whilst DJing, allowing her to beat match the records.

Naomi’s work has brought praise from the media as well as people such as influential designer Peter Saville.

Delia Derbyshire Day will feature a panel hosted by Manchester-based reviewer and music writer Cath Aubergine. Included in the panel will be Canadian filmmaker Kara Blake and archivist David Butler.

The event will also be touring with musical performances by Naomi Kashiwagi, Ailís Ní Ríain and Caro C along with screenings of Kara Blake’s documentary on Delia Derbyshire. The tour includes FACT, Liverpool (16th Jan), Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield (18th Jan) and Star And Shadow, Newcastle (20th Jan).

The activities kick off at 3pm on Saturday 12th January 2013 at Band on the Wall, Manchester.

Text by Paul Browne
10th January 2013