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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!

We understand that 3G users have had problems with a background image not loading correctly - we're looking into fixing this as soon as possible.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Sublime in it's simplicity, a joy to use!

It is sublime in it's simplicity, and a joy to use! Added functionality for future updates might involve saving/recording loops and exporting them in various formats for use in other apps. Overall, this brings a lot of fun into sound synthesis, reminds me of the good old days when I was a kid.


Interesting app; I've enjoyed getting to know it this morning--first impression is that the real-time alterability is a plus. It may be counter to the original instrument this is modeled on, but it would be interesting in an update to be able to run the strips at different tempos to create more subtle generative variations. Just a thought. Thanks for bringing this historical technique to iOS.

Unfortunately, didn't work.

I was really excited to play with this, but unfortunately the app doesn't generate a single sound on my phone. It would also be great if it shipped with a few sample tunes for the novice.

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  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 9.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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