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 1,524
2 Power Tools 0:45 1,997
3 Birds of Parallax 12:58 114
4 In a Jazzy Style 0:38 111
5 Purring Interlude 0:43 1,668
6 Contrasts Essconic 8:16 1,352
7 Lego Builds It 0:57 1,566
8 Pompie Ballet 3:35 689
9 Intertel 1:21 1,382
10 Adwick High School No. 1 0:46 393
11 Look at Oramics 0:39 1,381
12 Rotolock 1:28 1,784
13 Purple Dust 6:44 1,270
14 High Speed Flight 0:50 1,294
15 Passacaglia 4:27 778
16 Four Aspects 8:12 2,989
17 Kia Ora 0:47 1,228
18 Doctor Faustus Suite 9:37 55
19 Adwick High School No. 2 2:17 312
20 Tumblewash 2:00 1,116
21 Studio Experiment No. 2 0:29 287
22 Snow 7:46 1,250
1 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 1) 4:55 954
2 Food Preservation 3:21 995
3 Studio Experiment No. 3 1:08 318
4 Bala 1:43 948
5 Episode Metallic 5:29 1,014
6 Studio Experiment No. 4 0:40 298
7 Adwick High School No. 3 1:36 229
8 Fanfare of Graphs 0:57 1,086
9 Studio Experiment No. 5 1:14 294
10 Brociliande 10:12 710
11 Mary Had a Little Lamb 2:37 800
12 Incidental Music for Invasion (Excerpts) 5:05 735
13 Costain Suite 13:16 764
14 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 2) 1:23 806
15 Studio Experiment No. 1 1:50 364
16 Missile Away 2:08 756
17 Pulse Persephone 4:03 1,219
18 Adwick High School No. 4 2:18 225
19 Nestea 0:30 776
20 Rockets in Ursa Major (Excerpt 3) 3:30 698
21 Conclusion 0:11 101
22 Studio Jinks 6:02 670

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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