By Strangeloop Limited
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Thanks to all those who have supported the Oramics project by purchasing this app. We're really grateful for the fantastic response to our humble tribute to Daphne.
To celebrate the October 10th 2011 opening of the Science Museum's 'Oramics to Electronica' exhibition, which features an interactive touchscreen version of this app, we're dropping the price!
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Oramics is a drawn sound technique developed by Daphne Oram in 1957. Oram's composition machine consisted of a large rectangular metal frame, providing a table-like surface traversed by ten synchronised strips of clear, sprocketed 35mm film. The musician drew shapes on the film to create a mask, which modulated the light received by photocells. Although the output from the machine was monophonic, the sounds could be added to multitrack tapes to provide more texture.
The original machine is in storage at the Science Museum in London and is expected to go on display in 2011.
This iPhone app tries to bring to life the incredible sound of the Oramics Machine. Users can draw aspects of a sound in a drawn composition on top of film reels, including the envelope, pitch, reverb, vibrato, as well control the shape of the sound by drawing a waveshape on top of a glass plate.
Okay, I'm biased, but my kids (4 & 11) can't be persuaded to spend an hour on an app they don't love so let's focus on their reactions. I had to tear this away from each of them amid protests. The 7 yr old composed two pieces spontaneously (one sad then one happy) and 11 yr old spent 30 minutes just playing with the waveform! Same with a friend who couldn't put it down. Very tuneable sound, with controls for tone (waveform), volume (envelope), pitch, & reverb over a longish loop, and with a choice of four scales to compose on. Hours if absorbing fun!
PS I'm biased because I know one if the authors, but I promise this is a very honest assessment.
To be able to replicate an Oramics machine from 1957 on a phone is an astonishing feat. The inventor Daphne Oram had a room full of electronics to make these sounds over 50 years ago. A great app. Why anybody would mark this down is beyond me
Amusing for 10 minutes
I bought this only because I was interested in the work of Daphne Oram. Unfortunately it seems you can only modify one 'strip' at a time and can't edit it in relation to the others. So, you might get 10 minutes of amusement out of it but probably not more than that.
- Category: Music
- Released: 07 August 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 9.6 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Strangeloop Limited
- © 2011 Parag K Mital; 2011 Strangeloop Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.