London’s Science Museum is currently exploring the concepts and creations of analogue music in its show ‘Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music’, a perfect compliment to our current dual analogue and digital covers.
The exhibition explores the avant-garde musical movement of scientists gathering in home constructed music studios creating high-tech machines, costing phenomenal amounts of money, all in a search for ‘that new sound’. This experimentation soon became part of mainstream culture with programs such as Doctor Who, and bands such as Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and The Beatles embracing these computer generated noises – becoming the base lines, melodies, rhythm and groove at the very basis of the contemporary pop charts. The exhibition celebrates the boundless creativity and D.I.Y mentality of the musicians and engineers post war Britain raising awareness of how the U.K became so central at the forefront of computerised technology and sound design.
The three different areas of focus from the exhibition are from the Electronic Music Studios (EMS), The BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Radiophonic Godmother – Daphne Orams home studio in Kent. Fittingly to cap the end of this exhibition an open discussion with the figureheads of the three areas of the movement shared a panel discussing their own practices named Electronic Music 60s & 70s: a public reunion.
To find out more about synthesisers and their role in contemporary music check our “Synth & Synthability” article in PHOENIX issue 8.
The exhibition is free, and open until 1st December 2012. Click here for more details.
Words: Declan Higgins
Images: The Science Museum