Naming your electronic group The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (DDAS) is a bit like naming your thrash-metal band "Metallica Rules," but it does let listeners know what to expect from you. DDAS is the duo of Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones, two electronic music composers who bonded quickly with one another over their shared affection for Derbyshire, herself a composer and a member of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop during the 1960's. DDAS' debut album plays like a pristine snapshot of '70s-era electronic music, capturing the playfulness and experimentation of the era.
Delia Derbyshire herself is a fascinating figure, perhaps best known for composing the Doctor Who theme. I have such a fondness for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop because the sounds of public radio and NPR to this day owe so much to their sense of sonic adventure.
Left of the Dial airs Friday nights from 9-11 and Saturdays from noon-2 on KRCU.