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'The Daphne Oram Tapes': Electronic Music Pioneer's Tapes To Be Released (AUDIO)


First Posted: 01/04/12 03:51 PM ET Updated: 01/04/12 10:26 PM ET

Even if you don't know who Daphne Oram is, you probably hear her influence in the music you listen to.

Oram, one of the early pioneers of electronic music, invented Oramics in 1957, a way to create sounds by using drawings on 35 mm film. It was the first electronic musical instrument ever to be designed by a woman. Oram also produced sound effects for films like "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Young Americans has just released a 4 LP vinyl set, called "The Daphne Oram Tapes: Volume One," which includes 46 previously unreleased recordings. The material is derived from Oram's archives, which include more than 400 tapes.

The set "is the result of almost two years spent trawling through the archive in an attempt to piece together a coherent document of one of the most pioneering and genuinely experimental characters in electronic music history," according to the album description.

The label has also made several of the songs available to listeners to try out. The tracks are eerie, vibrating with the harsh tones and jagged ripples that sound almost like distorted versions of the work Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have done in movie soundtracks.

Listen below:


Read full review of The Oram Tapes: Volume One - DAPHNE ORAM on Boomkat.com ©

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that Oram wrote the Dr. Who theme. In fact, that accomplishment goes to Delia Derbyshire.
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