Pioneering proto-synthesizer Oramics machine goes on display at Science Museum

Posted at 4:30 pm, August 2, 2011 in Music & Nightlife

Pioneering synthersizer on display © Oramics Machine Science MuseumWhether you’re a geeky gear-head or simply fascinated by sound, a new exhibit at Science Museum is sure to enthrall. Designed and built between 1959-65 by pioneering British musique concrete composer and electronicist, Daphne Oram –  first studio manager of the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop – the Oramics machine was essentially a synthesizer prototype. It allowed the composer to draw an ‘alphabet of symbols’ on paper and feed it through a machine that would, in turn, produce the relevant sounds on magnetic tape. This brilliantly futuristic contraption was bought by Goldsmiths College but due to lack of space, it’s at Science Museum throughout the summer. Without the Oramics, there would more than likely be no Kraftwerk. It is literally the sound of history.

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