I’ve been building this for a while, as part of an app I’m trying to get together to help people get to sleep. The app will combine this track, possibly along with Drifting Away, with suggested exercises and techniques to promote muscle relaxation and general calm.
A bit rough yet, I’ll listen to for a bit then have another fiddle
I’ve been looking at, and listening to, the works of two remarkable women pioneers of electronic music. I first came across Daphne Oram via the Oramics app for IOS devices, a simulation of the Oramics machine detailed here. The Oramics machine used ten strips of clear film moving over light sensitive cells. Drawing on the strips caused tones to be produced in a way you can simulate in the app.
She was a co-founder of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop but left it within a year to produce material on her own.
Delia Derbyshire joined the Radiophonic Workshop three years after Daphne left and is perhaps most well known, if at all, for her production of the original Doctor Who theme. The links below include a brief video section showing Delia using tape loops and multiple tape machines decades before such techniques became commonplace.
Both women were original, talented, perhaps somewhat eccentric and largely unrewarded for their brilliance.
One would hope that nowadays recognition would come more easily as obstacles to women have been largely removed from participation in so many formerly male dominated domains.
I do worry, however, that they would nowadays find other obstacles equally insurmountable in the dominance of the arts by the media savvy types producing meretricious drivel so keenly described by Ruth Dudley Edwards in Killing the Emperors.
There’s a wealth of material on both these brilliant pioneers on the web, some starting points are :-
If, like me, you like this sort of stuff you can have a great deal of fun creating your own 50’s style pulp sci-fi covers with the Pulp-o-Mizer here. Really well done work and well worth a play.