Wednesday, 29 June 2016

News: Tom Richards' 'Mini-Oramics' project features on the BBC website

Today sees a main feature on the BBC News website featuring a number of SPR members who have been involved with Tom Richards' fantastic project to create Daphne Oram's Mini-Oramics machine.
"An electronic sequencer and synthesiser has been built based on designs produced more than 40 years ago by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram.
Ms Oram who died in 2003, co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and developed a system of creating sounds and compositions using drawings.
The machine is thought to have remained unfinished in her own lifetime.
But experts say the Mini Oramics's approach to composition and performance would have been influential.
Tom Richards, the researcher who finally constructed the machine, told BBC Radio 4's the World at One programme it had helped answer the question: "What if this had come to pass in 1973?""
Full feature is here. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Review: Premiere of Daphne Oram's 'Still Point' in the Financial Times

Today sees a review in the Financial Tmes of Daphne Oram's 'Still Point', premiered at St. John's Smith Square on Friday night, realised by SPR member and composer James Bulley in collaboration with composer Shiva Feshareki.
"Receiving its debut performance as part of the Southbank Centre’s DeepMinimalism festival — a celebration of close listening and outrĂ© composition — Daphne Oram’s 1949 opus Still Point is that rarest of things: a groundbreaking work of art that remains almost completely unknown. Had it been performed at the time of writing, it would have almost certainly altered the landscape of electroacoustic music shaped by Schaeffer and Stockhausen. With any justice, tonight’s performance at St John’s Smith Square — a breathless realisation of the piece by the young composers Shiva Feshareki and James Bulley, working with the London Contemporary Orchestra — should help propel it into the canon of contemporary classical music."
Read the full review here.

Friday, 24 June 2016

SPR Event: Sounding the Great Hall, 2–3 July 2016

Sounding the Great Hall
Goldsmiths, University of London
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July

Artists exploring the acoustics of the Great Hall via an unusual 8-speaker system. This event is continuous. The audience are free to come in and out, sit in the space, lie down, walk around the space, eat, drink and listen.


More info:

1:00 Tom Mudd
1:30 Dario Sanfilippo
2:00 Eugenie Hammond
2:30 Pouya Ehsaei
3:15 Tristan Clutterbuck
4:00 Daniel James Ross
4:45 Georgia Rodgers
5:30 Sarah Angliss
6:15 Lucia H Chung / Martin Thompson
7:00 Lia Mazzari
7:45 Ian Stonehouse
8:30 Ain Bailey / Shenece Liburd
9:15 Grundik Kasyansky

1:00 Tom Mudd
1:15 Joe Brooks
1:25 Pawel Dziadur
1:45 Sam Parke-Wolfe
2:00 Alexander Wendt
2:30 Bill Thompson
3:15 Annie Goh / Marie Thompson
4:15 Claire M Singer