Latest in Daphne oram

Image credit:

London Science Museum undusts Oramics machine, revisits OG electronic music innovation

Lydia Leavitt, @lydialeavitt
September 26, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Practicing its fist pump and channeling its inner Devo, the London Science Museum will be paying homage to electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram by resurrecting her old synthesizer last used in the '70s -- a device that relies on 35mm film to pump out jams. The classic clunker was found in a French barn last month and will be brought out into the open for the first time in forty years at the museum in old Blighty. "Oramics" operators "draw" music on ten strips of clear film to create a mask. The machine then reads the tape as differences in light and turns it into voltage control, which is used to switch oscillators and control the amplitude of the sound. The effect? A creepy vortex of haunting sounds. Fans of glow sticks and synth sounds can check out the exhibit until December, but if a trip to Londontown's not in your future, there's a video you should ogle after the break.





All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Disney has no idea what it's doing with 'Mulan'

Disney has no idea what it's doing with 'Mulan'

View
Instagram 'bug' heavily favored Trump content over Biden for months

Instagram 'bug' heavily favored Trump content over Biden for months

View
Facebook removes Trump post for 'harmful COVID misinformation'

Facebook removes Trump post for 'harmful COVID misinformation'

View
Google's PIN-encrypted Android 'Safe Folder' protects crucial documents

Google's PIN-encrypted Android 'Safe Folder' protects crucial documents

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr