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Camden to host performances on Mini Oramics

This February, artists and musicians respond to the work of pioneering experimental electronic music composer Daphne Oram and her drawn sound synthesiser

Camden Arts Centre is set to host a project based on Daphne Oram's Oramics machine. Held over two afternoons in February, the event will feature live performances on the recently built Mini Oramics machine, as well as discussion.

In the mid-1970s, Oram began work on a mini version of her original full size Oramics machine which had been designed and built a decade earlier. The machine was never released during her lifetime, with the blueprints now housed at the Daphne Oram archive at Goldsmiths University of London. London based artist and musician Tom Richards has constructed a version of the machine (and subscribers can read an interview with him about it in Wire 391). Throughout February Richards, alongside Sarah Angliss, James Bulley and Shiva Feshareki will spend time experimenting on the machine. The outcome of which will be performed at the arts centre on 24 February.

Ahead of the event, The Wire's Frances Morgan will host a panel discussion with Richards, Angliss and Bulley, considering Oram’s work and her work with optical sound.

Tickets are available via Camden Art Centre's website.