EDP Wasp Synthesiser

Oramics to electronica phase two

This Tuesday the second phase of Oramics to Electronica opened to the public.

On display alongside Daphne Oram’s Oramics Machine are early synthesisers, computers, rarely seen objects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Delia Derbyshire’s favourite instrument – a slightly battered lampshade!

EDP Wasp Synthesiser

EDP Wasp Synthesiser

We’ve been working with 12 musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds to gather their ‘take’ on the history of electronic music as well as a group of highly influential former employees of the BBC Radiophonic workshop and Electronic music studios. You can watch a short documentary film about the exhibition from conception through to completion here.

To celebrate the exhibition’s launch we held an evening event on Monday night for the press, members of the BBC Radiophonic workshop, members of Daphne’s family and the musicians who participated in the second phase.  Brian Eno introduced the exhibition and spoke about  the impact advances  in technology have on the way we produce music.

Tom Cowan and Rhys Webb from The Horrors also popped down to meet some of their musical influencers from the BBC Radiophonc workshop.  Here they are below standing next to the BBC Radiophonic cabinet on display at the exhibition now.

Tom Cowan and Rhys Webb in front of the BBC Radiophonic cabinet at the Science Museum

To celebrate phase two and raise Daphne’s profile among a new generation of music makers we are collaborating with soundandmusic.org, Goldsmiths, University of London, SoundcloudBoomkat and the Daphne Oram Trust to launch ‘Oramix’ – a remix competition.

We are inviting musicians to use the space-age sounds from Daphne Oram and create a new track:

Imagine that the producer of Our World, the 1967 TV programme that first linked the world via satellites, had commissioned Daphne Oram, the pioneer of electronica, to make its soundtrack.

The entries will be judged by renowned electronic musicians Brian Eno and DJ Spooky and our winner will receive a one year Soundcloud pro account, a Daphne Oram Boomkat box set and an interview and feature right here! More details to follow…

Make sure you are following us on Twitter or Facebook to find out more. See you at the exhibition.

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