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Daphne Oram Still Point
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Daphne Oram in her studio

 

Shiva Feshareki

Shiva Fesharki working on the turntable scoring of ‘Still Point’ working from the detailed pencil draft pages remaining in her archive.

Still Point – Experiencing untold history unfold.

On Friday 24 June London’s DEEPMINIMALISM festival presents the never before performed Still Point composed by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram and brought to life by London Contemporary Orchestra and composer Shiva Feshareki, who performs on turntables an electronic manipulation of the recorded orchestra, in duet with the live orchestra.

Background

Those into the history of electronic music will be familiar with the name Daphne Oram and her involvement with The BBC Radiophonic Orchestra which she co-founded. Oram used her time out of hours, often working late into the night, to collect the newly purchased reel-to-reel machines together in a vacant studio. By linking them up via a mixing desk and playing test oscillator recordings into them, she was able to complete her first experiments in purely electronic music.  Oram’s goal was to create a machine that would directly link the composer to the sound in almost the same way that a painter can see the effect of his brushstrokes on a canvas in real time. Read more about Daphne Oran and the ‘Oramatics System’ in this excellent article over at Resident Adviser

In 1948, whilst working as a radio programme engineer at the BBC Daphne Oram began work on a new and highly innovative symphonic piece entitled ‘Still Point’. Completed in April 1950, it was submitted to the BBC for the Prix Italia only to be turned down on the basis that the adjudicators wouldn’t understand the “acoustic variants and prerecording techniques” utilized.

Still Point’ predates the work of an entire generation of composers and artists in its radical use of live electronics including turntable manipulation and sampling with live orchestra….The record cutting process is the part I am most excited about, as we will be cutting dubplates in rehearsal directly as the orchestra plays, using a 1950s lathe run by sonic-scientist Aleksander Kolkowski). It will be a rare experience”

Interviews

James Bulley from the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) discusses Daphne Oram’s ‘Still Point’

Shiva Feshareki artist, composer and turntablist discusses Daphne Oram’s ‘Still Point’

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