Electronic Music 60s & 70s: A Public Reunion


If you have ever wondered about the pioneers of electronic music, on Saturday 29 September the Science Museum will be taking a step back in time to explore the origins of this music genre in a special one-day event: ‘Oramics to Electronica – Talks Series’, an Electronic Music Day.

The day provides a great opportunity to find out more about people who were instrumental in changing the face of electronic music. A series of talks will highlight the work and lives of a number of electronic music pioneers and will look at how their work still influences composers and musicians today. This event is a must for music, history and science buffs alike.

Looking back to an era where music was experimental and evolving, the day also brings together British electronic pioneers who worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and EMS (Electronic Music Studios) in the 1960s and 1970s for a one-off panel discussion. This special day’s event forms part of the Science Museum’s current Oramics to Electronica exhibition. 

The event includes a series of talks throughout the day:
11:45 – 12:30 – (free) Composer, conductor and academic Jean-Philippe Calvin: Representing Sounds – the sonic self. This lecture is a brief survey of how electronic music and the increasing use of computer technology and inventions changed music composition 
12:30 – 13:00 – (free) Jo Hutton, author of Daphne Oram: Innovator, Writer and Composer, looks at Daphne Oram’s life and music
13:15 – 13:45 – (free) Nicolas Helm-Grovas traces the history of Daphne Oram’s visionary Adwick High School project and similar classroom based musical avant-garde projects during the 1960s
13:45 – 14:30 – (free) Dr. James Mooney (University of Leeds) will discuss the work and music of musician and composer Hugh Davies, inventor of the Sho Zyg and founder of Goldsmiths, University of London’s electronic music studio
15.15 – 17.30 – (£10) Electronic Music 60s & 70s: a Public Reunion: A panel discussion between former employees of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and EMS (Electronic Music Studios), most famous for its iconic VCS3 synthesiser. They will share their memories and discuss their work. Conversations will also include the impact of changes in technology such as the introduction of the VCS3 synthesiser. Tickets available at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/electronic_music_day

Members of the press who are interested in attending the day or an individual talk – please contact the Press Office to arrange.

The Science Museum’s Oramics to Electronica exhibition explores the history of electronic music through the people who made it and the instruments they used. One of the key objects in the exhibition is the Oramics Machine, made by Daphne Oram, as well as the stories and objects from the British music scene in the 1960s and 70s including early synthesisers, computers and tape machines. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/oramics.aspx


For more media information, please contact Nicola Ryan, Science Museum Press Office on 0207 942 4328 or e-mail: Nicola.Ryan@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Notes to Editor

1) Oramics is the term used by Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, to describe the music she made, using her unique synthesizer. This extraordinary device, long thought lost, is groundbreaking in the history of electronic music and has recently been added to the Museum’s collections, through co-operation with Goldsmiths, University of London.
2) The Oramics Machine is too fragile to restore to working order, but as part of the exhibition Goldsmiths, University of London has created a new visual display interactive that allows you to recreate the sound of the machine so you can compose and arrange your own music.
3) The exhibition involves collaboration with organisations including contemporary arts organisation soundandmusic.org alongside Goldsmiths, University of London and Anglia Ruskin University.
4) Oramics to Electronica is part of the Public History Project, which aims to explore how visitors understand the history of science and technology and to develop a new collaborative approach to developing exhibitions. This is a novel type of exhibition for the Science Museum, filled with objects that will fascinate enthusiasts, families and adults alike.