Daphne Oram (1925 – 2003) is one of the central figures in the development of British experimental electronic music.
Early in her career, she declined a place at the Royal College of Music to become a “music balancer” at the BBC, and as the co-founder and first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. However after Daphne left the BBC (in 1959) her research, including Oramics, continued in relative secrecy.
She is credited with the invention of a new form of sound synthesis – Oramics. Not only is this one of the earliest forms of electronic sound synthesis, it is noteworthy for being audiovisual in nature – i.e. the composer draws onto a synchronised set of ten 35mm film strips which overlay a series of photo-electric cells, generating electrical charges to control amplitude, timbre, frequency and duration. (source: daphneoram.org)
1-1 Just For You (Excerpt 1). 3:00.
1-2 Eton. 2:00.
1-3 The Innocents – Savage Noises (Excerpt) (1961). 3:16.
1-4 Anchor Butter. 0:41.
1-5 Wool (1967). 0:40.
1-6 Oxford. 12:57.
1-7 Hydrogen Tones. 3:30.
1-8 2001 Effects Tape 1. 2:52.
1-9 2001 Effects Tape 2. 5:23.
1-10 Phensic (1961). 0:41.
1-11 New Atlantis (1963). 6:0
1-12 Just For You (Excerpt 2). 1:13.
1-13 Winters Journey (Intro) (1958). 0:14.
1-14 Pulse Persephone (Alternate Parts For Mixing). 5:57.
1-15 Light Music (Excerpt). 4:35.
1-16 Stroke. 5:53 (Excerpt) 5:19.
Young Americans – YoungAm003CD.
Recordings and Photographs taken from the Daphne Oram Collection, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Special thanks to the trustees of The Daphne Oram Trust, registered charity number 1134910 for making this edition possible.
Deluxe double CD edition in a DVD sized 8-panel digifile. The CD tracklisting differs slightly from the vinyl edition. Audio Mastering and Vinyl Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.