Moog Theremini Theremin

Oramics to Electronica - Science Museum, London

Showing Posts 1 - 4 of 4
Posted: 11/20/2012 9:53:54 AM
FredM
From: Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K.
Joined: 12/7/2007

threads posts

Not sure if there are any theremins here (probably not!) - Aura Sats features, and she has worked with Lydia Kavina in the past on theremin projects..

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/oramics.aspx

Fri 29 Jul 2011 - Sat 01 Dec 2012

Free

Discover the history of electronic music from the 1950s until today. This exhbition has been co-produced with a group of musicians and with the help of people who made electronic music in the 1960s. Back then, electronic music was still an avant-garde experiment. How did it become part of the musical mainstream?

The exhibition celebrates the boundless creativity and ‘make do and mend’ mentality of musicians and engineers. It shows iconic instruments alongside home-built synthesisers and one-off inventions. New instruments such as synthesisers and samplers not only changed the sounds musicians could make, but also influenced the way they composed and performed their music.

The exhibition highlights the work of three British studios that produced electronic music in the 1960s and 1970s. Electronic Music Studios (EMS) experimented with computer music while developing some of the earliest commercial synthesisers to pay the bills. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop introduced electronic sounds to the masses through the theme tunes and sound effects its members made for radio and television. In the meantime, in her private studio in Kent, Daphne Oram developed a technique that allowed her to draw sounds. She called it Oramics, and the unique instrument she developed over the years, the Oramics Machine, is also on display.

In the spring of 2011 students from the National Youth Theatre’s Acting Up 2 course wrote and produced a play about Daphne Oram and the history of electronic music, which they performed in the Science Museum. Students from City University made a short documentary about this project.

In the autumn of 2011 a group of women writers used the themes of sound, invention and Oramics as inspiration for a series of monologues and dialogues.

Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music is part of the Public History Project. For more information about this exhibition, why not follow the Oramics Machine on Facebook?

Posted: 11/20/2012 6:10:39 PM
RoyP
From: Scotland
Joined: 9/27/2012

threads posts

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Fred.
It looks like a worthwhile exhibition and I'll try and get myself down there but if not at least it's online presence gives us something to work on.

Roy

Posted: 11/20/2012 6:53:56 PM
FredM
From: Eastleigh, Hampshire, U.K.
Joined: 12/7/2007

threads posts

To be honest, Roy - Unless you are coming down to London anyway, it doesnt look worth a trip from Scotland!

I hope to get to see it this weekend or next - but will try to combine this with taking the children and visiting other venues while there.. Looking at synths and things is great fun - but they mention "15 minutes" and that probably means its a fairly small exhibit without much in the way of access (as in, I doubt one would be able to play with anything)

Fred.

Posted: 11/21/2012 9:41:26 AM
MarkT
From: London, UK
Joined: 6/5/2007

threads posts

Went last year when it had just opened, it is OK actually and there are some things to play with, but wouldn't travel too far to see it.

Think more was added to it since then, but if you are around, worth a visit.

Showing Posts 1 - 4 of 4

You must be logged in to post a reply. Please log in or register for a new account.