Boomkat Product Review:
What the fuck is going on with this? Apparent private reels from the radiophonic workshop’s Delia Derbyshire (but with a picture of Suzanne Ciani on the cover?!) & Joy Division producer Martin Hannett.
That’s a picture of Suzanne Ciani on the front cover, not Delia Derbyshire. Big LOL, and seemingly in keeping with Ozit-Morpheus/Dandelion Records’ loose definition of quality control. Anyway, the 34 tracks inside offer a peek at Derbyshire and Hannett’s tape exchanges during the ‘70s, when a young Hannett, obsessed with Delia’s work on the Doctor Who soundtrack, struck up a long-running dialogue, swapping their electronic experiments with a mind to eventually releasing them one day. Sadly they’ve both departed before this release was OKayed, and with that glaring mistake on the jacket, we’re not even 100% sure that the material is by the artists listed.
While the pieces could have feasibly come from either artist’s arsenal of experimental oddities, we’re not entirely sure they would have sequenced them quite like this CD. It’s supposedly a back and forth, one track from Delia then one by Martin, but the sequencing feels arbitrary and a bit of a mess, skipping from Hannett’s baroque twils to dark blasts of sci-fi analog electronics and back, over and again. There are some intriguing moments tucked away in there, but they are mostly very short and perhaps really only of interest to hardened fans of Hannett and his idol.