This new Kickstarter campaign aims at republishing Daphne Oram’s seminal book “An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics” and writing Oram back into music history; sharing her vision with new generations of musicians, composers, musicologists and contemporary music lovers.
Daphne Oram (1925-2003) is a pioneer and little-known visionary whose work has been a major influence on the development of British experimental electronic music. Daphne Oram was ahead of her time. She was a remarkable and inspirational woman who should be recognized and remembered as one of Britain’s leading cultural and historically significant figures.
She was the first Director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which she co-founded in 1958, after years of persuasion and perseverance. She predicted that computers and electronics would revolutionize music decades before they became popular, and invented a new form of sound synthesis – Oramics – which was a significant step towards this revolution.
She was truly passionate and dedicated to her work. She composed a number of radical pieces such as Still Point. She lectured on electronic music throughout her career and, in 1972, she wrote her seminal book, “An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics”, which was a pioneering explanation of electronics in relation to music and sound.
When Daphne Oram first wrote and published the book, electronic music was still in its infancy. The book’s depth and its exploration was unprecedented, and her ideas and theories radical. Now that electronic music is an established and popular field, it is important that the book is redistributed to allow more people to learn and benefit from reading it.
In 2017 it will be 45 years since Daphne Oram’s book was first published. There are only a handful of copies available to access, and we want to share her story far and wide with future composers, producers and fans.
By donating to the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be helping to reach the target of £10,000. The revenue that the Trust receives from the project will help to pay for additional print runs, and any future profits generated for the Trust from these additional print runs will be invested by the Daphne Oram Trust into new projects that support the development of electronic music and showcase the work of Daphne Oram, which means your help will write Daphne Oram back into music history.
Please spread the word – share the campaign and help the Trust to reach its goal: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/345013107/help-us-republish-daphne-orams-an-individual-note