Daphne Oram – Rockets in Ursa Major

Duration: 4'57

This piece was composed as incidental music for a play by Fred Hoyle, performed at the Mermaid Theatre, London, in 1962. In contrast with France and Germany, where the experimental electronic music activities of the late 1940s and 1950s were officially endorsed by state radio and television stations, there was no such institutional support for electronic music activities in Great Britain. Hence, much early electronic music was ‘applied’—composed as incidental music for films, plays, and TV and radio programmes.



Monty Adkins