Oramics

Label
SINETONE AMR
Release date
21 May 2012
Running length
44 tracks
Running time
149:30

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Introduction 0:07 1,413
2 Power Tools 0:45 1,841
3 Birds of Parallax 12:58 113
4 In a Jazzy Style 0:38 111
5 Purring Interlude 0:43 1,522
6 Contrasts Essconic 8:16 1,243
7 Lego Builds It 0:57 1,432
8 Pompie Ballet 3:35 633
9 Intertel 1:21 1,298
10 Adwick High School No. 1 0:46 382
11 Look at Oramics 0:39 1,288
12 Rotolock 1:28 1,534
13 Purple Dust 6:44 1,177
14 High Speed Flight 0:50 1,193
15 Passacaglia 4:27 715
16 Four Aspects 8:12 2,683
17 Kia Ora 0:47 1,132
18 Doctor Faustus Suite 9:37 55
19 Adwick High School No. 2 2:17 306
20 Tumblewash 2:00 1,003
21 Studio Experiment No. 2 0:29 249
22 Snow 7:46 1,125
1 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 1) 4:55 886
2 Food Preservation 3:21 916
3 Studio Experiment No. 3 1:08 278
4 Bala 1:43 879
5 Episode Metallic 5:29 927
6 Studio Experiment No. 4 0:40 278
7 Adwick High School No. 3 1:36 212
8 Fanfare of Graphs 0:57 979
9 Studio Experiment No. 5 1:14 265
10 Brociliande 10:12 662
11 Mary Had a Little Lamb 2:37 737
12 Incidental Music for Invasion (Excerpts) 5:05 684
13 Costain Suite 13:16 700
14 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 2) 1:23 736
15 Studio Experiment No. 1 1:50 424
16 Missile Away 2:08 700
17 Pulse Persephone 4:03 1,044
18 Adwick High School No. 4 2:18 210
19 Nestea 0:30 724
20 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 3) 3:30 640
21 Conclusion 0:11 101
22 Studio Jinks 6:02 622

About this album

Daphne Oram was the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a department she more or less single-handedly created in 1958 camping out at the BBC studios for nights on end splicing tapes and working with various modified machines to carefully arrange her abstract soundscapes. Eventually the BBC bent under her pressure and in studio 13 created the soon-to-be-legendary Radiophonic Workshop, with Oram its first director. Among her countless other achievements, Oram is cited as the first woman ever to design and build an electronic musical instrument, one that worked around the ‘drawn-sound’ technique whereby strips of 35 mm film would be manipulated before being fed into her home-made ‘Oramics’ machine which would convert and ‘read’ the film into sound.

Despite her considerable and historic list of achievements, Oram’s life and work remain largely unknown by the wider public. As this remarkable 44-track collection shows, however, her work ranks amongst the most varied and pioneering ever made. As opposed to so much of the Radiophonic-era material that has surfaced over the last few years, Oram’s work is often characterised by a much more layered and introspective quality, offsetting classic playful interludes and commercial recordings with beautiful, immersive pieces like the breathtaking “Pulse Persephone” and “Bird of Parallax” – pieces that simply have no equal in electronic music made at the time.

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