Roberta Fidora is an electronic dance music, electronica, experimental artist from Ryde, Isle of Wight. She announced the release of a new EP titled Black Arrow. She explains:“It is an EP documenting the true story of one woman’s work in the British Space Programme of the 1960s, as a seventeen-year-old rocket engineer. BLACK ARROW was also a rocket developed in the 1960s on the Isle of Wight, UK (where I live), at a test facility overlooking The Needles.
The project helped launch the British satellite Prospero in 1971. This release is a soundtrack inspired by BLACK ARROW; intended to serve as an audio documentation of British space endeavours, specifically highlighting women’s work in the field, using an interview with one of the few female rocket engineers working in such a role at the time, interwoven with experimental sonics and field recordings from what is left of the concrete rocket testing facility amongst nature’s resplendent reclamation of the site. It has been made possible with the exceptionally kind support of Wight Aviation Museum and The National Trust staff at the original site at High Down. I’ve also been lucky enough to have Matt Horn and Mike James of the Portsmouth punk band Horseflies playing on the record, providing encouragement and sonic rocket fuel.”