Oramics – Electronic Music Precedents, Technology and Influence
This PhD project is focused on an iconic object within the history of British electronic music, Daphne Oram’s ‘Oramics Machine’, a unique music synthesizer developed during the 1960s by this founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The project is conceived to work out from a close reading of the surviving object, which is now in the Science Museum’s collections, to a full understanding of the origins and influence of Daphne Oram’s musical practice. At the moment, Oram’s relations to existing artistic and musical practice is only understood at the most general level; equally the extent and pathways of her influence on subsequent electronic and digital music practices require extensive study to be able to make a fair evaluation. The project will use the Daphne Oram archive of recordings and papers held at Goldsmiths to build on existing technical and musical studies to locate Oram and the machine within a variety of societal, technological and musical contexts.
The PhD student will be an enrolled student in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and will also have staff status at the Science Museum. The studentship will be co-supervised by Dr Mick Grierson, from the Dept. of Computing and Dr John Drever, from the Dept. of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and by Dr Tim Boon, Chief Curator at the Science Museum.
For eligible candidates the award covers Home/EU tuition fees for three years and provides a maintenance award of at least £13,590 per year for three years (with an additional contribution of £3000 over three years from the Science Museum). The terms and conditions of the award will be those of the AHRC’s postgraduate studentships. Applicants must therefore have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom, usually through residence. In addition to these amounts, the AHRC will pay an additional £500 per annum in April to students in receipt of a full award.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and/or experienced candidates. A minimum of a 2.i degree at undergraduate level is normally required in an appropriate subject area, plus a recognised postgraduate research degree or its equivalent in a relevant specialist area (e.g. music, electronics, modern history, cultural studies, history of science or technology, museum studies etc). In this case, a familiarity with electronics would be an advantage, though not necessarily essential, to the successful candidate. An ability to work both independently and as part of a team will be important to the success of the project.
Closing date: 1 July 2011
This studentship has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. You can read more about the scheme here: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/CollaborativeDoctoralAwards.aspx
All candidates must make a formal application for a PhD place at Goldsmiths. You can apply online; go here for more information http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/apply/
Candidates should indicate clearly that they are applying for the AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentship with the Science Museum, and should attach a full CV and short statement (max 1000 words) indicating their suitability for the project.
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed at the Science Museum in the second half of July.
The studentship commences on 26 September 2011.