Daphne Oram


Young Americans YoungAm001
  • 4LP: 2019 Repress, clear vinyl, gatefold sleeve
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Young Americans, operating under the Modern Love umbrella, presents an extremely special vinyl pressing of some of the most important early electronic music ever made. 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 create her abstract soundscapes. Eventually the BBC bent under her pressure and in studio 13 created the soon-to-be-legendary Radiophonic Workshop, with Daphne Oram as its first director.

Oram also invented her own ‘drawn-sound’ technique, a process whereby strips of 35mm 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, it’s quite incredible to think that this is the first time any of these precious recordings have been available on vinyl.

* Exremely special artefact from the founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
* None of this material has ever been available on vinyl before
* Oram was the first woman in the world 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
* 155 minutes / 8 sides of vinyl cut by Lupo at D&M
* Housed in heavyweight 300gm Gatefold sleeve featuring rare archive photographs.

Daphne Oram: Oramics

Introduction Daphne Oram 03' 34''
Power Tools Daphne Oram 00' 48''
Bird of Parallax Daphne Oram 13' 02''
In a jazz style Daphne Oram 00' 42''
Purring Interlude Daphne Oram 00' 47''
Contrasts essconic Daphne Oram 08' 20''
Lego builds it Daphne Oram 01' 01''
Pompie Ballet Daphne Oram 03' 40''
Intertel Daphne Oram 01' 23''
Adwick high school no.1 Daphne Oram 00' 51''
Look at Oramics Daphne Oram 00' 43''
Rotolock Daphne Oram 01' 31''
Purple Dust Daphne Oram 06' 50''
High Speed Flight Daphne Oram 00' 54''
Studio Experiment no.1 Daphne Oram 01' 53''
Four Aspects Daphne Oram 08' 07''
Kia Ora Daphne Oram 00' 51''
Dr. Faustus suite Daphne Oram 09' 40''
Adwick high school no.2 Daphne Oram 02' 22''
Tumblewash Daphne Oram 02' 04''
Studio Experiment no.2 Daphne Oram 00' 32''
Snow Daphne Oram 07' 46''
Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 1) Daphne Oram 04' 57''
Food Preservation Daphne Oram 03' 25''
Studio Experiment No.3 Daphne Oram 01' 11''
Bala Daphne Oram 01' 47''
Episode Metallic Daphne Oram 05' 33''
Studio Experiment No.4 Daphne Oram 00' 43''
Adwick High School No.3 Daphne Oram 01' 39''
Fanfare Of Graphs Daphne Oram 01' 01''
Studio Experiment No.5 Daphne Oram 01' 18''
Brociliande Daphne Oram 10' 15''
Mary Had A Little Lamb Daphne Oram 02' 11''
Incidental Music For Invasion (Excerpts) Daphne Oram 05' 09''
Costain Suite Daphne Oram 13' 21''
Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 2) Daphne Oram 01' 27''
Passacaglia Daphne Oram 04' 30''
Missile Away Daphne Oram 02' 11''
Pulse Persephone Daphne Oram 04' 07''
Adwick High School No.4 Daphne Oram 02' 21''
Nestea Daphne Oram 00' 33''
Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 3) Daphne Oram 03' 30''
Conclusion Daphne Oram 00' 20''
Studio Jinks Daphne Oram 06' 08''

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