Plutonic Rainbows

Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield - Circle of Light

Jonny Trunk’s ability to dig out the rarest dusty reels and DATs from the archives, basements and attics of the Radiophonic workshop’s various entourage has turned up possibly his most unbelievable find yet. Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield’s original electronic soundtrack to the avant-garde film Circle of Light: The Photography of Pamela Bone, directed by Anthony Roland.

Circle of Light was premiered in 1972 and within three months was selected to represent Great Britain in the Art Film class at the Cork International Festival where it won first prize. Surprisingly for a film held in high regard, the nocturnal drones that Delia and Elsa produced to soundtrack it has never been commercially released before on vinyl. Believed to be Delia’s longest surviving work, elements of her more esoteric workshop material bleed into the two compositions, Blue Veils & Golden Sand spectral tape loops glow in the midst and unravel a sinister edge to the soundtrack, while the second side’s birds chirping casts a dreamlike haze that’s both sedating and disorientating in the best way possible.