Daphne Oram
1925 – 2003

British composer and electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram provides another intriguing link between the development of electro-acoustic and synthetic film sound. Oram was the first woman to create and construct an electronic instrument. For Oramics, Oram designed and built a machine utilizing ten loops of 35mm film stock. After drawing freehand waveforms on graph paper, the patterns were traced or blocked out with masking tape onto the transparent film. A number of clutches and gears controlled the speed at which …

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