Green Lampshade

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The Coolicon Utility Lighting Shade

"My most beautiful sound at the time was a tatty green BBC lampshade," she recalled. "It was the wrong colour, but it had a beautiful ringing sound to it. I hit the lampshade, recorded that, faded it up into the ringing part without the percussive start.
   [For Blue Veils and Golden Sands] I analysed the sound into all of its partials and frequencies, and took the 12 strongest, and reconstructed the sound on the workshop's famous 12 oscillators to give a whooshing sound. So the camels rode off into the sunset with my voice in their hooves and a green lampshade on their backs."

The lampshade in question is the Coolicon Utility Lighting Shade, British Patent No 419602, Registered Design No 777912; they sometimes appear for sale on ebay.


A clean version of the Green Lampshade sound, fron Delia's Attic Tapes, is used at the start of the DD Day 2014 trailer.
Green Lampshade from DD Day 2014 trailer - Spectrogram.jpg


  1. Brian Hodgson's Guardian obituary