Oramics Events

The Wire Salon: The Sounds of the New Atlantis

Friday 7th April 2011

Cafe Oto, E8 3DL, London

The U.K music magazine, The Wire, have asked the Oram Archive to arrange one of their Salon events in London, early next month.

The event is being held on Thursday the 7th of April at Cafe Oto at 8pm. £4 on the door

The programme for the evening will include:

• A presentation by Dan Wilson tracing the evolution of the philosophies behind Oramics, and Daphne Oram’s progress in reconciling the physical and metaphysical aspects of sound. Oramics made incursions into the mysteries surrounding occulted conceptions of sound: its alleged healing and restorative powers, its role in providing ‘inspiration’, its analogies in colour, form and number, and its archaeoacoustics.

• A biographical sketch in the form of a presentation by Jo Hutton, looking at Daphne Oram’s role at the BBC in developing electroacoustic music and radiophonic art in Britain, as well as her subsequent independent studio work and the development of her drawn sound technique which emerged in tandem with the design and build of Oramics.

• A joint presentation by Mick Grierson and Chris Weaver on the evolution of the Oramics machine, its potential significance as one of the first British computer music systems, and the plans for its future conservation.

• A video presentation by Graham Wrench, the former RAF radar engineer responsible for building the first prototype of the Oramics machine.

Interval entertainment will come from Fari B who will be spinning previously unheard material from the Daphne Oram Archive.



Friday 27 June 2008
Southbank Centre, London

Daphne Oram was an unsung pioneer of British electronic musician. This series of events celebrates the launch of the Daphne Oram Collection at Goldsmiths.

Oramics: The Life and Works of Daphne Oram (Concert)

Friday 27th June 2008
7.30pm | £3/£6
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

This concert features unheard music by Daphne Oram, a pioneering British composer and electronic musician who died in 2003. Much of the music heard in this performance has been uncovered while digitising her tapes at Goldsmith’s College, London University. Other works, like Sardonica, written with Ivor Walsworth for piano and tape, receive their first performances in decades, and special guest artists including Andrea Parker, creator of warm electro music, remixing Daphne’s soundworld for a new generation.

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The life and work of Daphne Oram (Symposium)

Friday 27th June 2008
12.00pm | Free
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

This symposium considers her place in the history of electronic music, as well as exploring in academic depth, ideas and tools for graphic sound synthesis through the drawn sound system she invented called Oramics. Speakers include Maddalena Fagandini and Jo Hutton, Professor Peter Manning, Dr Mick Grierson and Rob Mullender.

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Oramics in the Front Room (Free Gig)

Friday 27th June 2008
10.00pm | FREE
The Front Room (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Southbank Centre, London

A free gig featuring modern female AV pioneer People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) and Theremin exponent Ninki V.

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Telephone 0871 663 2500
In person at the Royal Festival Hall


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