Daphne Oram

In honouring the women of electronic music history - we really have to start with our heroine - Daphne Oram. Not the first woman involved in electronic music, but certainly one who really pioneered experimentation, and one of the ones who really influenced The Ironing Maidens. 

If something doesn't already exist in your world - how do you imagine it? That's what is fascinating about Daphne's work. There were no synthesisers when Daphne urged the BBC to set up the Radiophonic workshop so that she could experiment with sound. She went on to develop her own machine - the Oramics machine an early synthesiser, she wrote a book: An individual note, of music, sound and electronics  and she spent years composing and producing electronic music in her own studio - Tower Folley.

Daphne's work was not well noted in her own times, she was unable to convince the patent providers to patent her machine which sat in an attic until it's recent recovery and an exhibition in London. But she lives on through the influence she has had on the industry and it seems that now the rest of the world is finally catching up with her visionary achievements.

 

For more information about Daphne Oram visit - http://daphneoram.org/

A feature on the importance of the Oramics machine on the development of electronic music technology as shown on the BBC's technology magazine show "Click" on 8th January 2012. There are some clips of Daphne Oram almost certainly from the documentary "The Same Trade As Mozart" a UK BBC programme originally broadcast on 3rd August 1969.