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By republishing #AnIndividualNote, we want to write #DaphneOram back into music history. Will you help us?
By republishing #AnIndividualNote, we want to write #DaphneOram back into music history. Will you help us?
By republishing #AnIndividualNote, we want to write #DaphneOram back into music history. Will you help us?
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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. 

We want to republish this amazing book with the help of Anomie Publishing and the brilliant team at the Goldsmiths' Daphne Oram Archive , but we can’t make it happen without your help. 

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 daphneoramtrust@gmail.com. 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.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL ONLINE NOTE

    As well as a shout-out on Twitter, you'll be added to our Mailing List for regular updates, and listed as Kickstarter Supporter on the Daphne Oram Trust website.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL STICKY NOTE

    As well as the above, you'll get two A7 Daphne Oram 'Waveform' stickers for your flightcase, notebooks or studio.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL POSTED NOTE

    As well as a shout-out, you'll receive a beautiful limited edition A6 postcard featuring an image of Daphne Oram's personal photography from the archive.

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    AN EARLYBIRD INDIVIDUAL NOTE

    The first 50 supporters will receive the republished copy of 'An Individual Note...' for £18 instead of £20.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL NOTE

    By pre-ordering 'An Individual Note: On Music, Sound and Electronics' you'll be helping us to write this legend back into music history.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL PICTURE

    You'll receive a beautiful limited edition A4 photo-print featuring one of Daphne Oram's private notes from the archive.

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    ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL PICTURE

    You'll receive a different but equally beautiful limited edition A4 photo-print featuring one of Daphne Oram's private notes from the archive.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL TOTE

    You'll receive an exclusive Daphne Oram Quote Tote Bag - 'She Makes Music For The Age of Machines'. Be quick, there are only 50 available!

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    AN INDIVIDUAL NOTE PLUS

    As well as pre-ordering 'An Individual Note', you'll also get a set of Daphne Oram A7 stickers.

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    AN INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED NOTE

    Your copy of 'An Individual Note' will be personally signed to you by the Daphne Oram Trust Team.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL NOTE PLUS PLUS

    As well as pre-ordering 'An Individual Note', you'll get a beautiful limited edition postcard featuring an iconic Daphne Oram image from the archive.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL NOTE PLUS TOTE

    You'll receive your pre-ordered copy of 'An Individual Note' inside an exclusive 'Quote Tote'.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL NIGHT

    You'll receive your copy of 'An Individual Note' at the official book launch in London with the Daphne Oram Team and specially invited guests. The event will take place on 23 November 2016.

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    TWO INDIVIDUAL PICTURES

    Can't chose between the two? Get both limited edition A4 Daphne Oram prints.

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    YOUR INDIVIDUAL NOTE

    You'll be written into history alongside Daphne Oram, with your name credited as a Supporter inside the newly published 'An Individual Note'.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL TOUR

    You will be one of ten lucky people who get a curated, guided tour of the archive at Goldsmiths' by the Daphne Oram Trust team taking place on 8 November.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL PRINT

    As well as your copy of the book and your name listed as a supporter inside the book, you'll receive one of only 20 exclusive A2 prints of Daphne Oram lecturing at Redhill in 1980.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL BUNDLE

    As well as a copy of 'An Individual Note' with your name listed as a supporter, you'll receive a limited edition A4 Print, Stickers and an invitation to the Book Launch.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL FRAMED PRINT

    As we as copy of 'An Individual Note' with your name listed as a supporter inside, you'll get an exclusive framed and Mounted Print (40 x 40) of Daphne Oram and her Oramics machine.

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    AN INDIVIDUAL LOOK

    As well as a copy of 'An Individual Note' with you listed as a supporter inside, you will be one of only three people to receive your very own personal curated tour of the archive at Goldsmiths, hosted by the Daphne Oram Trust.

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