This is Daphne Oram.
A pioneer and little-known visionary whose work has been a major influence on the development of British experimental electronic music.
By republishing her seminal book "An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics" we want to write Daphne Oram back into music history; sharing her vision with new generations of musicians, composers, musicologists and contemporary music lovers.
We want to establish Daphne Oram as one of the UK’s leading modern composers, but we can't make this happen without your support.
Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was ahead of her time. She was a remarkable and inspirational woman who should be recognised and remembered as one of Britain’s leading cultural and historically significant figures.
She was the first Director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, which she co-founded in 1958, after years of persuasion and perseverance. She predicted that computers and electronics would revolutionise music decades before they became popular, and invented a new form of sound synthesis – Oramics – which was a significant step towards this revolution.
She was truly passionate and dedicated to her work. She composed a number of radical pieces such as Still Point. She lectured on electronic music throughout her career and, in 1972, she wrote her seminal book, “An Individual Note: of Music, Sound and Electronics”, which was a pioneering explanation of electronics in relation to music and sound.
When Daphne Oram first wrote and published the book, electronic music was still in its infancy. The book’s depth and its exploration was unprecedented, and her ideas and theories radical. Now that electronic music is an established and popular field, it is important that the book is redistributed to allow more people to learn and benefit from reading it.
In 2017 it will be 45 years since Daphne Oram’s book was first published. There are only a handful of copies available to access, and we want to share her story far and wide with future composers, producers and fans.
Why We Need Your Support
The Daphne Oram Trust was set up in 2009 to advance education in electronic music and celebrate Daphne’s exceptional contribution to the subject. Although we have a big mission, we are a small team of passionate volunteers, with limited financial resources. In order to re-publish 1,000 copies, we need to raise £10,000.
The income generated from a first print run of a new edition of An Individual Note is not enough to cover the costs of producing it. With your support, we can print and sell enough copies for it to become self-financing and to remain in print.
This is where you come in.
What You’ll Give
By donating to our Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be helping us reach our target of £10,000. To break it down for you, the money raised will allow us to pay for:
- An editor to coordinate, edit and produce the new edition of the book
- A designer to design, layout and typeset the book
- A writer to create a new introduction for the book
- Reproduction work on the images and diagrams featured in the book- Travel, courier and postage costs during the production process
- The production of 1,000 printed copies
- An advert in The Wire magazine to promote the book when it’s published
- The Kickstarter Fees and reward costs.
If we raise over and beyond our target, this means we’ll be able to not only publish more copies of the book, but to produce the book with higher-quality specifications and as a beautiful hardback edition.
The revenue that the Trust receives from the project will help to pay for additional print runs, and any future profits generated for the Trust from these additional print runs will be invested by the Daphne Oram Trust into new projects that support the development of electronic music and showcase the work of Daphne Oram.
What you’ll be giving to us by supporting the campaign is far more than just a book. In the words of our wonderful collaborators Anomie Publishing, who will be co-publishing the new edition with the Daphne Oram Trust:
“Our hope is that the book, through the support of a small number of people who share our passion for Daphne’s work, will help to consolidate her position as a significant figure in the history of electronic music, and that this will be reflected in the book being acquired by libraries both nationally and internationally, whether public or those of academic institutions. Wouldn’t it be great to see this book on the shelves of high street bookstores? With your support new generations of musicians, composers, musicologists, and electronic and contemporary music lovers will get to know and enjoy the incredible work of Daphne Oram.”
What You’ll Get
As well as the book itself, we have an exciting range of limited edition Daphne Oram merchandise, a bunch of great experiences and unique chances to meet the team. Some of our favourite rewards include:
£12 will get you two A7 stickers featuring Daphne Oram's 'Wave Forms'.
For £20 you'll write Daphne back into history, and get your own brand new copy of 'An Individual Note'.
For £30 get this awesome quote about Daphne Oram on a lovely new tote bag. Want something to fill it with? Pledge £50 and get the book + tote.
£75 will make you one of ten lucky people who get a unique tour of the Daphne Oram archive with the Daphne Oram Trust team.
Want more than one reward? For £125 you'll get the Daphne Oram bundle: the book, stickers, A4 print and an invitation to the book launch on 23 November in London.
For £200 you'll receive a copy of the book with your name listed as a supporter, alongside a beautiful mounted print (40 x 40) of Daphne Oram and her Oramics machine. This is only one of 10 limited edition prints.
Please Share Our Story
Please help us spread the word - share our campaign on Twitter, Facebook, via Email and in any other way you might be able to. If you’d like to get in touch with other ideas about how you might be able to support, just drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's write Daphne back into music history, together.
Risks and challenges
Other than the risk of not being able to publish the book, the team in charge of the republication has a huge range of experience, knowledge and skill to ensure the project’s success:
Anomie Publishing is an international publishing house for the arts based in the UK dedicated to enabling quality arts books – especially small and medium print-run titles – to reach the book trade. Anomie works in partnership with public and commercial galleries, museums, arts organisations, agencies, academic institutions and charities to publish or co-publish books. It was established by Matt Price, who has worked in arts publishing since the turn of the millennium, collaborating with publishers including Phaidon, Rizzoli, Hatje Cantz, Walther Koenig, Thames & Hudson, Sound & Music and Tate Publishing.
The Daphne Oram Trust was set up in 2009 to advance education in electronic music and celebrate Daphne Oram’s exceptional contribution to the subject. As well as archiving her life's work, the Trust has conducted several public projects to keep Daphne’s memory alive, such as Oramics at the Science Museum and Deep Minimalism in collaboration with Southbank Centre.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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