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A BBC memo to Delia says that part of her music for Travelling In Winter was renamed Dreaming for issue on a BBC record of sound effects.[1]

An interaction between Delia and a producer suggests that she made it for her Aztec music:

a few years ago I heard my music on The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. I wrote to the Producer who said 'Yeah, it's called Dreaming'. I've never done anything called that. They had picked out a piece which I wrote for a programme about the Aztec and Mayan civilisations. They put a new title on it and used it behind Peter Jones voice.[2]

but in fact Dreaming is the closing titles music of Travelling in Winter so either

  • Delia can be wrong about which programme she wrote what music for (which is improbable) or
  • the producer was mistaken or lying about which of her music they had lifted for the Guide (after all, Dreaming was already on issue on a BBC record.)

HHGTTG fans, can you spot where Dreaming or any of her Aztec music was used in the Guide?


The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: Dreaming
Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Creation date: 5 July 1997


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