Daphne Oram – Contrasts Essonic

Duration: 8'20

This is the first concert piece based on Oramics drawn sound, that is, the first piece created using Oram’s pioneering ‘Oramics’ machine (see below). The version presented here is the ‘tape only’ version, i.e. it does not include any element of live, instrumental performance. The piece, however, also exists as a version with piano (in collaboration with Ivor Walsworth). The sounds of the Oramics synthesizer can easily be identified as the whistling, floaty-sounding pitched sounds that first occur about four minutes into the piece. Contrasts Essonic was first performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in 1969.



James Mooney