This is the first post I put together and here is the first artist I played
I thought that it might be best to put together short Digests of about 5 or 6 items that may be of interest on this blog. This will be easier for you to read and keep up with and for me to put together. So here goes…
So, I began with thoughts of focussing on Experimental Electronic Music and like most went down the route of the standard history that everyone charts.
As some of you by now will realise, although I do post a lot about the well known electronic artists, genres and histories, I also try to give those well under the radar a space to get their music heard or the genre a wider audience. This includes trying to bring to attention the scene in the rest of the world.
I had heard about Hugh Davies and his catalogue of ‘alternative electronic history’ but until today had not had a chance to explore further. So glad I did !
As I knew in my heart, there was and still is an alternative electronic music scene and one where many artists are quietly creating music unknown or ignored.
This is why I am reblogging this article as part of the Experimental Season, as many of the themes are still so relevant today and why Hugh Davies’ work is still vital as a challenge to the traditional historical theory.
Listening to the Soundcloud discussion is recommended as it gives an insight into roles of Daphne Oram ad Delia Derbyshire in the development of British electronic music and technology. Some interesting questions and answers.
Here is the original overview of the concert and presentation on Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire –
In February 2015, a concert of tape music works by Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram was staged as part of the Electric Spring Festival at University of Huddersfield. The concert was preceded by a public conversation between the curator of the concert, Dr James Mooney, and one of the festival’s artistic directors, Prof Monty Adkins. A complete recording of this pre-concert discussion is now available via SoundCloud: click here.
The conversation addressed the context of electronic music in Britain in the 1950s and 60s and included discussion of Hugh Davies, his self-built instruments and – in particular – his International Electronic Music Catalog. The tools and techniques of electronic music production in the 50s and 60s were discussed, as was the institutional context of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where both Derbyshire and Oram worked.
While simultaneously extolling the challenges and contingencies of archival research, Mooney and Adkins discussed the work of some of the key figures in British electronic…
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Here are a couple of my favourites
As part of the Pioneers short season I am reposting some of the older articles as they are well worth another airing
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998. Daphne Oram was a true pioneer of electronic music and this great gallery of photographs gives some great insight into the work being done at BBC.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: http://whitefiles.org/rwg/index.html
Daphne Oram at the north-west end of Room 13.
Room 12. Delia edits a tape as Desmond stands in front of the Leevers-Rich 8-track and reads the script.
Delia at the controls of the desk in Room 12. The rotary control to the extreme bottom right is a ‘Glowpot’ gain control.
Room 13 in 1958. Daphne Oram plays the Mijwiz, an Arabic twin-reeded double shepherd’s pipe.
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I have been doing these for a while but haven’t got around to posting any here yet, so better late than never.
Thank you for listening.
On Twitter @Feminatronic has Sunday afternoon listening suggestion tweets roughly based around a theme and I thought that maybe I can occasionally recreate some of these here. This week the subject is ‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky …’ and fits in with the Field Recordings season.
Feminatronic is on Facebook and the Feminatronic Connect page posts news from artists, websites, radio stations and fans of electronic music. Not everyone is on Twitter. So here are some of the things that have been happening…..
Invisible Sounds – a story by Nastia Tarasova & Irina Shatalova
The garden is filling with rain – Elizabeth Veldon
Lucille Calmel and Sylvain Chauveau live in Brussels – 18th October, 2014.
Delia Darlings Tour – Oxford 9th October, 2014
Sound, Gender, Technology – “Where to” with Cyberfeminism?
Bekki Williams – Shadow of the Wind (ReMastered )