Electronic music is everywhere – not just on our iPods but on TV and mobile ringtones. But who created these electronic sounds and how did they develop?
From 11th October 2011, the Science Museum is hosting the ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’ exhibition, exploring the history of electronic music through the people who made it and the instruments they used.
The exhibition features the stories and objects from the British music scene in the 1960s and 70s including early synthesisers, computers and tape machines. The Oramics Machine, a synthesiser invented by Daphne Oram, is also on display as well as rarely seen objects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Delia Derbyshire’s favourite instrument: a slightly battered lampshade!
The exhibition explores the history of electronic music and how it has developed from the 1950s through to modern day. Musicians came up with new sounds and pushed the sonic boundaries of what was possible – inventing, altering and improving their equipment in the spirit of make-do and mend to produce new, previously unheard of, electronic sounds.
Location: Science Museum, South Kensington
More information: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/oramics