September 27, 2003 12:52 AM Subscribe
Daphne Oram, Godmother of Electronic Music
• During WWII, Ms. Oram worked for the BBC as a sound engineer while indulging an obsessive curiousity of experimental audio in her free time. In 1958, she finally convinced the BBC to open the seminal Radiophonic Workshop
, which also fostered the talents of sci-fi composers Delia Derbyshire
and Ron Grainer
. During that period she developed a technique known as Oramics
: manipulating 35mm film to create electrical charges and thus, editable sound.
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