The Science Museum (of London) wants you to remix the sounds of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram and have your track judged by Brian Eno, DJ Spooky and The Wire.
Here’s what they have to say about the OraMIX contest:
In the 1960s, Daphne Oram developed a ground-breaking music technique she called ?Oramics?. With her home-built ?Oramics Machine?, Daphne made music for TV shows and commercials, but she dreamt of broadcasting live Oramics concerts through a network of fibreoptic cables, an idea that sounded like science fiction at the time.
This ambition, so typical of that era of boundless optimism for science and technology, was paralleled in the use of satellites to broadcast Our World on 25 June 1967, the very first television production performed and broadcast live from studios across the world.
Imagine that the producer of Our World, the 1967 TV programme that first linked the world via satellites, had commissioned Daphne Oram, the pioneer of electronica, to make its soundtrack.
You don?t have to limit yourself to 1960s style. Use the stems to make the piece in whatever genre you fancy.
Haverford College, in suburban Philadelphia, plays host this coming week to electronic and experimental hip hop musician DJ Spooky, virtual reality guru and composer Jaron Lanier, and Living Colour percussionist Will Calhoun as they gather for an event called ?The Sound of Sci(l)ence.? The conference takes place June 15 – 17.
“The Sound of Sci(l)ence: Listening to Quantum Mechanics, the Big Bang, and Nanotechnology,” is a three-day series of conversations, workshops, and performances exploring the intersection of music and quantum mechanics. Supported by a Mellon Arts Residency Planning Grant from Haverford College’s Hurford Humanities Center, the event pairs visiting artists Will Calhoun, Jaron Lanier, and Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) with Haverford faculty and students in an effort to widen the scope of quantum mechanics pedagogy through the study of sound, as well locate synergies with courses across the academic disciplines.
Organized by Chemistry professor Joshua Schreier and Physics professor Stephon Alexander, who describe the idea behind the workshop this way:
“Mathematically, quantum mechanics (QM) has many analogies with the classical wave phenomena of sound, and yet the pedagogy of QM is almost entirely visual. This series of conversations and performances will explore how to ‘listen to’ the simple systems used to teach QM, how this can increase student comprehension, reach out to non-technical audiences, and for its own inherently aesthetic benefits. In addition, we would like to explore how this could be used to explore/comprehend our research interests in cosmology and nanoscience. “