Watch an excerpt from Oramics: Atlantis Anew, a film about the Oramics Machine

October 2011

Watch artist Aura Satz's film in homage to pioneering British electronic music composer, Daphne Oram and her Oramics Machine.

Satz's film features Oram's custom built Oramics Machine, a visual synthesizer that uses images drawn onto film stock to create sounds. After many years lost in storage the original Oramics Machine is now on show at London's Science Museum as part of their exhibition Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music that looks at electronic music from the beginnings of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (founded by Oram) onwards. The film also features the voice of Oram reading from a draft of her 1971 book An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics.

Oramics: Atlantis Anew was co-commissioned by The Science Museum, The London Consortium and Sound & Music.

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