Two films exploring the history of electronic music

Oramics to Electronica

The Oramics to Electronica exhibition explores the history of electronic music through the work of three British studios: Electronic Music Studios (EMS), the BBC Radiophonics Workshop and the private studio of Daphne Oram, a British pioneer who developed a technique that allowed her to draw sounds, which she called Oramics. The unique instrument she developed over the years, the Oramics Machine, is at the heart of the current exhibition.

This exhibition was co-created with a group of musicians and people who made electronic music in the 1960s. We also worked with students from the National Youth Theatre's Acting Up 2 course and a group of women writers who provided their own interpretations of the life and work of Daphne Oram.

Two Oramics films

Two films were produced that reflected on the themes of the exhibition and the work that went on behind the scenes. 

The first, called 'Oramics to Electronica'  was produced by film makers Nick Street and Jen Fearnley. It follows the co-creation participants through various stages of the exhibition process: from the storerooms to the museum floor.

The second film called 'Oramics: Atlantis Anew' was produced by artist and writer Aura Satz and was inspired by the Oramics Machine. As well as sounds created by the Oramics Machine, the film features recordings of Daphne reading from chapter 1 and 2 of her book An Individual Note on Sound Music and Electronics (1971).

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On 29 September 2012 we organised a public reunion for the early electronic music pioneers who helped us with this exhibition. Hear some of these fascinating stories by watching the 'Oramics to Electronica: Reunion' film.

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