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Do Analogue Sound Machines Dream of Digital Sheep?

Daphne’s Oramics Machine and the recent Nonclassical event, ‘Pioneers of Electronic Music’ feature in this docu-film ‘Do Analogue Sound Machines Dream of Digital Sheep?’.

This documentary from Queen Mary, University of London, also includes an excerpt of a performance by Tom Richards (currently researching a PhD on Daphne’s Oramics Machine) and a conversation with the director of the archive, Mick Grierson. The section highlighting Daphne’s work begins at 6’45″.

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Four Aspects at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

A tape playback of Daphne’s 1968 work ‘Four Aspects’ will open a forthcoming concert of Sound Arts from the Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios on Thursday 9th May 2013. The evening concert, held in tribute to the ‘First Concert of British Electronic Composers’ that took place in the hall in 1968 (featuring Daphne, Peter Zinovieff, Tristan Cary and others see this programme), is free to enter and begins at 18:30 on Thursday 9th May.

Further details of other works and performers who are performing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall concert are available here.


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‘Perspectives on Daphne Oram’

Daphne Oram will be featured in the forthcoming Nonclassical Goldsmiths EAVI Group event ‘Perspectives on Daphne Oram’ at the Macbeth in London on 6th March

See here for an interview with Sam Mackay one of the founders of Nonclassical.

Details from Nonclassical’s website;

Audiovisual instruments inspired by the life and work of Daphne Oram. Daphne Oram created the Oramics machine in order to make her own unique experimental art – a sound unlike anyone else.

We’re exploring some of Daphne’s ideas specifically during the concert – most notably, Tom Richards is performing using a new device he has been developing based on Daphne’s mini-oramics system, which is being built using components that would have been available to her at the time.

Chris Weaver will also be exploring photophonic systems (the use of photocells in sound). Bruno Zamborlin is presenting gesture-based systems derived from analogue signals. Ryo Ikeshiro, Chris Kiefer and Mick Grierson are presenting audiovisual synthesis systems.

The night is part of Nonclassical’s monthly series, also featuring resident DJs Gabriel Prokofiev, Richard Lannoy, and Nwando. This event is in association with Goldsmiths EAVI Research Group.

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BBC Click Feature – The Beginnings of Electronic Music

The BBC’s technology show Click recently featured Daphne Oram and the Oramics machine.  It can be viewed here.  The piece contains rare archive footage of Daphne Oram explaining the Oramics technique.

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The Legacy of Daphne Oram – 9th November 2011

On Wednesday 9th November a talk on Daphne Oram and the philosophy of Oramics will take place at the Sound Arts & Design Department at the London College of Communication.  In ‘The Legacy of Daphne Oram’, Chris Weaver and Dan Wilson will discuss the workings of the Oramics machine, its theory, origin, development and the sonic explorations it facilitated.  Daphne Oram’s futurological and esoteric ideas will be examined, along with her later work involving her somewhat secretive computerised realisation of Oramics.

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‘Oramics: Atlantis Anew’ and ‘Oramics to Electronica’

The official opening of The Science Museum’s ‘Oramics to Electronica’ exhibition took place earlier this month.  Two short films were premiered: Aura Satz‘s ‘Oramics: Atlantis Anew’ followed by Nick Street and Jen Fearnley’s ‘Oramics to Electronica’ (charting the run-up to the opening of the exhibition). An excerpt from Aura Satz’s atmospheric film, named after Daphne more »

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Oramics to Electronica at The Science Museum

On Thursday 28th July, the Oramics machine was unveiled marking the start of the first phase of the Oramics to Electronica project at The Science Museum.   All four elements of the Oramics apparatus are on display, namely, the loudspeaker cabinets, the waveform scanner, the amplifier and the control console itself.  Rare interview footage with Daphne more »

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‘The Woman from New Atlantis’ in The Wire #330

This month’s issue of The Wire (August 2011) contains the first in-depth examination of the intersections between Daphne Oram, the New Age movement and electronic music.  Titled ‘The Woman from New Atlantis’, this article by Dan Wilson takes a look at her long out-of-print 1972 book, ‘An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics’ along more »

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Oramics at the Science Museum

The Science Museum is in the late planning stages for putting the Oramics Machine on show, with a target date of the end of June. The Museum will be working with interested individuals to develop the surrounding display; this will look at the origins of electronic music and its influence up to the present. If more »

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Short Oramics documentary

This exciting previously unseen 2009 six minute documentary by Nick Street shows the transportation of the Oramics synthesiser. It features Dr. Mick Grierson outlining the workings of the machine. Oramics from Nick Street on Vimeo. The Oramics machine is currently in the possession of The Science Museum, and is soon to be restored to its more »

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