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Background Noise: Daphne Oram pioneering electronic music composer

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on November 1, 2010

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 we emerge from the rich world of John Cage. Daphne Oram (31 December 1925 – 5 January 2003) was a pioneering British composer and electronic musician. She was the creator of the “Oramics” (drawn sound) technique, a technique used to create electronic sounds. She was a pioneer of musique concrete and attended the RTF studio in Paris. She petitioned for an electronic music studio at the BBC and in 1958 co-founded the BBC radiophonic workshop with Desmond Briscoe. She was the first manager of the workshop which famously created the themes and sound for many radio features and dramas including Doctor Who. Her music was used to accompany sculpture displays, exhibitions, radio plays, radio and television advertisements,  films, plays and ballet. This morning a double CD featuring a broad range of her post-BBC recordings never released on CD before. It was released in 2007 on the paradigm label in the UK titled Oramics.


Track, title, source, year, duration

1, introduction, introduction to a demo tape sent out to potential clients, 1965?,3′ 33″

2, power tools, advertisement, 1965,0′ 48″

4, in a jazz style, no information,,0′ 42″

7, Lego builds it, advertisement, TV commercial, 1966,1′ 01″

9, intertel, TV soundtrack piece, 1966,1′ 23″

11, look at Oramics, probably for an episode of look at life featuring Daphne Oram and Oramics,,0′ 43″

12, rotolock, made for Rayant Films, 1967,1′ 31″ (bracket one)

13, purple dust, music for the play, 1962,6′ 50″

14, high-speed flight, made for Shell films, 1959,0′ 54″

15, studio experiment number one, first of five tryouts, undated,1′ 53″

19, Adwick high school number two (training them young in tape loops),,,2′ 22″

20, tumblewash, TV commercial for an English Electric washing machine, 1962,2′ 04″

Daphne Oram Was a highly intelligent, articulate and original musician, writer, composer and sound engineer. And was one of the leading players in the development of electronic music in Britain.


Track, title, source, year, duration

1, Rockets in Ursa Major (except one), incidental music for a play by Prof Fred Hoyle, 1962,4′ 54″

2, Food Preservation, one of several versions of this piece, 1964,3′ 20″

5, Episode Metallic, electronic tape with lighting control to accompany a mobile sculpture, 1965,5′ 28″

7, Adwick High School number three,1′ 35″ (bracket three)

8, Fanfare of Graphs, an early Oramics drawn sound experiment, 1968, 0′ 57″

12, Incidental Music For Invasion (excepts), 1958, music for a play by Adanov at the Edinburgh Festival,5′ 04″

16, Missile Away, excerpt from soundtrack, 1963,2′ 06″

18, Adwick High School number 4, the youngest ever tape loop makers,2′ 17″

21, conclusion, end of the demo tape,0′ 11″ (final bracket)

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