Science All Around - Sound

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Delia created music for a programme "Sound" in the BBC Schools TV series Science All Around, commissioned by producer Robin Gwyn for BBC1.

The piece's creation starts with a phone call from Robin Gwyn to the workshop, which is taken down in pencilled notes for Desmond Briscoe, who then forwards the work to Delia.

The tape's catalogue entry is dated June 1971 but the tape is not to be found.[1]





  • DD081626: Scrap of Delia's notes: "Science all around / Michael Toyle [...] Filming here Monday all day"
  • DD081643: Delia's plan for the piece: "Sound, 9-11 [...] Sig. for science prog. [...] Rec. June 23rd"
  • DD081659: Pencilled letter from Robin Gwyn to Desmond Briscoe for a programme about Shnadlies [Chladni's!] plate, forwarded to Delia.
  • DD081729: Delia's notes: "Master final to Athos"
  • DD081743: Delia's plan for a day's work when someone visits by taxi.
  • DD081756: Diagrammatic score
  • DD081808: Diagrammatic chord sequences
  • DD081825: Drawings of resonating Chladni's plates "A+ C+ F- E+ D C Bb-B"
  • DD081841: Drawings of resonating Chladni's plates "B- F#+ D+ F#+ G#- E+ G#-"
  • DD081913: Delia's manuscript including "Impromptu: It came light whilst I was doing my arithmetic"
  • DD081955: Delia's manuscript "K/bd tuned to F# 710"


  • The BBC Sound Archive's tape TRW 7420 is not to be found.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 7420.