Guest Post: DEEP∞MINIMALISM

DEEP∞MINIMALISM, an upcoming festival weekend of contemporary experimental live music in London, features Goldsmiths own Phd student in Music, James Bulley (MMus Composition, 2009), along with collaborators Shiva Feshareki and London Contemporary Orchestra. They will perform Daphne Oram’s groundbreaking turntable/orchestral hybrid ‘Still Point’ for the first time ever in its history.

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‘Still Point’ showcases Oram’s frontier approach towards making music, anticipating the work of an entire generation of composers and artists using live electronics, including turntable manipulation and sampling with live orchestra. It remains one of the earliest known examples of a work for turntables and orchestra.

James and Shiva have been working on the project for the past year, using a forensic exactitude to restore the piece to its intended avant-garde glory. The final score of ‘Still Point’ has since been lost, so the composition had to be carefully researched and reconstructed using fragments of score and performance notes found within the Daphne Oram Archive, held within the Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives, where James has also been working for the past several years.

Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was a British composer, inventor and electronic musician. In 1958 she co­founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, becoming its first director. After she left the BBC in 1959, Oram created her own studio at Tower Folly, Kent (one of the earliest electronic music studios in the UK) where she worked for most of her life and created the Oramics Machine, a combined synthesizer and sequencer that used drawn graphics to create and control electronic sound. After her death in 2003, composer and electronic musician Hugh Davies inherited her collected works and personal archives. After Davies’ death in 2005, the collection moved via the Sonic Arts Network (now Sound and Music) to the Special Collections & Archives at Goldsmiths, University of London.

DEEP∞MINIMALISM takes place across various venues in London from Friday, 24 June 2016 to Sunday, 26 June 2016.

Guest post written by Jack Mulvaney, Special Collections Assistant at the Goldsmiths Special Collections & Archives.

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