2017 Seminar Programme

Programme so far, more to be added. The times and running order of the talks is yet to be decided.

Mini Oramics – Talk and Demo by Tom Richards

Daphne Oram was the co-founder and first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and is credited with the invention of a new form of ‘drawn sound’ synthesis – Oramics.
She designed a machine in the 1960s which was the size of a large office photocopier. Then in 1970s she began work on the Mini-Oramics but it was never completed.

PhD student Tom Richards has re-imagined and built a fully working Mini-Oramics machine and will give a talk and demo before allowing visitors to SynthFest UK to try their hand and drawing their own musical ideas for the machine to play.

This is a rare public appearance of the Mini Oramics machine and not to be missed!

Modular Synth performance in Surround Sound – John Crossley

Based on his research into immersive audio systems for live performance. University of Derby music lecturer John Crossley will talk about surround sound performance with modular synths based on the Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D system. The session will end with a live ‘Modular Jam’ through a multi-speaker setup where you’ll be able to hear the sounds of the synths animated around the room in what promises to be a stimulating sonic event.


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