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"Delia Derbyshire", an obituary by Brian Hodgson, Guardian Unlimited, 7July 2001.

In the mid-1960s Derbyshire was instrumental in creating one of the firstelectronic signature tunes ever used on television: she adapted Ron Grainer'sscore for the science fiction series, Dr. Who. "She used concrete sources andsine- and square-wave oscillators, tuning the results, filtering and treating."She received her degree in music and mathematics at Girton College, Cambridge.Hodgson writes that "the mathematics of sound came naturally to her." Her workwas heard on the BBC and in theaters and workshops in England, and she became acult figure of the younger generation interested in electronic music.

--- Annette Emerson