Delia sometimes visits me in dreams. Here are those I remember and the real-world events at that time:
26 July 2007
from Martin Guy firstname.lastname@example.org via gmail.com sent 13:58 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:21. date 26 July 2007 13:58 subject Re: next... ... She appeared in a dream a few nights ago, playing a tape of some of her unheard songs. I said "you *do* have another copy of that tape somewhere, don't you?" and she said "yeah, somewhere" but seemed to think they were just playthings of no consequence... much like her own underestimate of her work's importance during her lifetime.
2 August 2008
from Martin Guy email@example.com via gmail.com sent 11:45 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:18. date 2 August 2008 11:45 subject Manchester Breege, the Dublin student, has written to say that she's been to Manchester and brings news of a "box of papers" "well, I went to Manchester and had a fabulous day. Its really exciting. Like, theres heaps of reel-to-reels there, and a box of papers that Dr Butler allowed me to go through. It will be fabulous when all the stuff is properly cataloged. Really great. As yet, theres no brochure or anything. So I just have my own handwritten notes." ... I just woke up from an intense dream that Mark Ayres kindly let me into his studio where (in the dream) he still had three of Delia's tapes and left me there for a few hours to be able to digitise them (and in my frustration at not finding the right equipment you appeared telling me just to copy them for now)...
16 April 2009
from Martin Guy firstname.lastname@example.org sent 00:29 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:12. date 16 April 2009 00:29 subject Re: DD site Delia very occasionally visits me in dreams. My current burst of Delian activity was prompted by a recent appearance insisting that she "wanted people to hear her music". She even came back after I'd woken up and gone back to sleep. She gave me three pretty black and white photographs of her in her early twenties, a little younger and slightly fuller in the face than the first central one on my site, and a cassette tape of some music of hers that is not known about, and kept saying "Gerard Roux" very distinctly, as if that were who I should contact about it. It's a name I've never heard of. Google shows a painter born in 1900 http://www.cinoa.org/art-and-antiques/detail/39411 (as well as a french lawyer, an American programmer, the IT Manager for Woolworths of South Africa and someone in Paraguay - you know how Google name searches go...) On waking I thought "Gerard" might be a reference to Roberto Gerhard "Anger of Achilles", a prize-winning piece that is, AFAIK, lost (and both Roberto and Roux are Italian) but she was very distinct and pointed the name out several times in the cassette's insert. She also seemed to think I'd find a copy at Ljubljana train station.
19 July 2009
from Martin Guy email@example.com sent 21:52 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:10. date 13 July 2009 21:52 subject Re: Ping! ... I paid a visit to the Delia archive in Manchester Uni but unfortunately the blok, though perfectly nice, wouldn't let go of the laptop with the WAV files for an instant, so me taking a usb pen drive was in vain ;-) from Martin Guy firstname.lastname@example.org sent 15:39 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:07. date 19 July 2009 15:39 subject Re: Delia Divas ... I dreamed about Delia this morning, or rather about the box of her papers that I saw at Manchester. In this case I was its custodian (in a room in a railway station, no less) and some middle-aged woman wanted to see it and its contents, but I realised that if I let her see it I would be unable to stop her from helping herself to it and running off with the contents. I guess that reflects its custodians' fears also. However there were some poems in the box (in the dream) written by Delia by fairly incomprehensible because they referred to people and places with her own nicknames for them, or with initials, so it was pretty hard to figure out what they were referring to.
30 June 2010
sent 18:36 (GMT-05:00). Current time there: 01:00. to Martin Guy <email@example.com> date 30 June 2010 18:36 subject Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic Saw this and thought of you, though you probably already have it. http://aulaelectroacustica.blogspot.com/2010/06/audio-delia-derbyshire-electrosonic.html from Martin Guy firstname.lastname@example.org sent 01:11 (GMT+01:00). Current time there: 07:00. date 1 July 2010 01:11 subject Re: Delia Derbyshire - Electrosonic ... the night before you sent this, she appeared in a dream to me, in which I was visiting the BBCRW after its demise, and she urged me to make copies and distribute her records (in the dream they were 7" vinyl which, somehow, I was able to duplicate. I guess that's her language for MP3s!)