2008 not only marked the fifth year after the passing of composer and electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram, but also the 50th anniversary of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. On the occasion, a tribute event took place that year at London’s The Royal Festival Hall. Among the performers were DJ-Kicks contributor Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle, who were invited to perform a live concert incorporating some of Oram’s sounds. The concert eventually lead up to the making of Private Dreams and Public Nightmares (reviewed in The Quietus), a full album of reworks and reinterpretations based on Oram’s music, and released in 2011 on Parker’s own Aperture Records.
Also featured on the record is a live recording made at The Roundhouse, which you can hear and watch in the video above.
Daphne Oram has been nicknamed one of the “Radiophonic Ladies”, alongside Delia Derbyshire and Maddalena Fagandini, who were known for their early use of electronic instruments and tape recorders. For further information, visit the Daphne Oram Collection and listen to this Radio 3 documentary.