WMMNA: Revealing Histories Of Electronic Music
The fascinating story of an early pioneer of electronic music, the first woman to design and construct an electronic musical instrument.
A few weeks ago, the Science Museum in London opened a small but fascinating exhibition about a revolutionary music synthesiser and the extraordinary woman who created it in the 1960s. It’s on the second floor, right behind the Energy Wing.
Daphne Oram was the first woman to direct an electronic music studio, the first woman to set up a personal studio and the first woman to design and construct an electronic musical instrument.
The British composer and electronic musician started her career in the BBC’s music department, founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, got tired of the broadcaster’s lack of vision for electronic sound and musique concrète (the ancestor of today’s electronic music) and set up her Oramics Studios for Electronic Composition in Kent. She provided background music and sounds for radio, television, theatre, short commercial films but also for installations and exhibitions.