The Delian Mode

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5 minutes 34 seconds in length, The Delian Mode was created as incidental music rather than as a signature tune.[1]

It "pretty much defies description and is all the better for it; you don't want to have to resort to mere words to describe such a perfect sound, utterly deserving the self-definitive title Delia so knowingly gave it."[2] and is "reminiscent of the beginning of Xenakis's OrientOccident",[3] while Desmond Briscoe, head of the BBC Radiophonic Workhop, says it is "without parallel in our output."[4]

Delia also made an extended version of The Delian Mode, called Labyrynth, adding a further 2:30 for a total of 8:05.[5]


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

Title: The Delian Mode
Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music
Work number: T-010.035.840-4 394153Q
Type 10/10 [?]


  • DD071: The Delian Mode. Long version, or makeup.
  • DD228: Mechanical sounds and other tracks
  • DD235: The Lampshade Synthesis makeup track
  • DD248: 10 Master New: New Day m3b, m5. Bells, bowls? Delian Mode?


The Delian Mode - Spectrogram.jpg