THE ORAM AWARDS

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, together with The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop created The Oram Awards celebrating innovation in music, sound and related technologies by the next generation of forward thinking women, trans and non-binary artists.


Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards hope to build on her legacy. Daphne worked at the workshop with others including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, creating music for the distant future, the distant past and inside the mind. She played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation, in newly emerging audio technologies, in the UK and around the world.


Fast forward to 2017 and whilst there are many women innovating in music and sound, their work and their voices often struggle to be heard and we're missing the opportunity to celebrate role models for the next generation.

 

2019 WINNERS

Announced on BBC 3 Late Junction on 12th June 2019

Third annual award presentation to recognise talented music creators innovating in music, sound and related technologies will take place on Saturday 15th June at Kings Place London at 6pm, hosted by Tina Edwards (Worldwide FM) and Matthew Herbert (composer and founder of The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop)

Sign up for FREE tix to the ceremony 

http://bit.ly/OramAwards2019  

Six winners will receive development bursaries from PRS Foundation

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AIN BAILEY

Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ. Her practice involves an exploration of sonic autobiographies, architectural acoustics, performance, as well as collaborations with performance and visual artists, such as Sonia Boyce and Jimmy Robert.



photo by Cacau Fernandes

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ANDIE BROWN

Andie Brown began performing and recording as a solo artist in 2007 under the name These Feathers Have Plumes. Experimenting with glass and electronics, Andie has created what she terms an “augmented glass harp” and in recent years her work has focused on sound installation.

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CEE HAINES AKA CHAINES

Cee Haines is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes surreal and fantastical electro-acoustic music under the moniker CHAINES. Their album, ‘The King’, was met with critical acclaim (The Wire Magazine, FACT Magazine), and their works for the London Contemporary Orchestra have been premiered at major venues including The Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms, 2018).

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NWANDO EBIZIE AKA LADY VENDREDI

Nwando Ebizie has been carving out her own particular strand of Afrofuturism as Lady Vendredi.
She is a multidisciplinary artist with an international focus whose work converges around performance art personas, experimental theatre, neuroscience, music and African diasporic ritualistic dance.



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NATALIE SHARP AKA LONE TAXIDERMIST

Natalie Sharp is a 360 artist from Cumbria at the forefront of what The Quietus described as 'New Weird Britain’. As Lone Taxidermist, her practice focuses on presenting live music in non-conventional settings, challenging existing frameworks and expectations. Exploring issues around gender and sexuality, her practice pushes at the parameters of the live environment.

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STEPH HORAK AKA SHEISREVOLTING

Steph Horak is a sound and video artist. She designs systems for voice and composition, and performs on the improvisation circuit. She produces experimental pop music under the name SheIsRevolting. She focuses on error, malfunction and bad programming to create polyrhythmic sonic washes against a backdrop of homemade videos.

 

2019 ORAM AWARDS CEREMONY
SATURDAY JUNE 15TH, 6PM
KINGS PLACE, LONDON

The third annual award presentation to recognise talented music creators innovating in music, sound and related technologies will take place on Saturday 15th June at Kings Place London, as part of Venus Unwrapped, hosted by Tina Edwards (Worldwide FM) and Matthew Herbert (composer and director of The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop)

Sign up for FREE tix to the ceremony and workshops 

http://bit.ly/OramAwards2019  


Six winners will receive development bursaries from PRS Foundation


Expanded programme in 2019 with a series of daytime events including workshops and talks hosted by BBC Research & Development and Goldsmiths, University of London

13.00 - 14.00

Workshop (St Pancras Room)

Ticketed event (see link above)

BBC Research &

Development

BBC engineers workshop on using connected devices to create immersive audio

13.30 - 18.00

Installation (Wenlock Room)

Open & free to the public

CHIRP & DRIFT

2017 Oram winner Kathy Hinde's sound and light sculpture

http://kathyhinde.co.uk/chirp-drift/

14.00 - 15.00

Open hour

(St Pancras Room)

BBC Research &

Development

BBC engineers workshop on using connected devices to create immersive audio

14.30 - 17.30

Workshop (Limehouse Room)

Ticketed event (see link above)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Max MSP sound technology software


15.00 - 16.00

Workshop (St Pancras Room)

Ticketed event (see above link)

BBC Research &

Development

BBC engineers workshop on using connected devices to create immersive audio

18.00 -19.15

The Oram Awards 2019

Hall 2

15 minute performance by 2017 Oram winner - Sally Golding + short performance by a 2019 winner

19.15 - 20.00

DJ & reception (DJ Mari WorldwideFM)


20.00 - 21.45

(Hall 1 - seated)

Live Performance

Loraine James (live)

Klein (live)

Get tickets> https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/the-oram-awards-2019/


21.45 - 22.30

(Hall 2 - standing)

Beatrice Dillon

(dj set)

Get tickets> https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/the-oram-awards-2019/

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2018 WINNERS

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GEORGIA RODGERS

Georgia Rodgers is a composer of instrumental and electronic music whose work focuses on textural and spatial aspects of sound and the experience of listening. In 2016 she was selected as one of Sound and Music’s New voices.

Georgia studied Physics and Music at the University of Edinburgh followed by a Masters degree in computer music taught by Michael Edwards. She is now pursuing a PhD in composition at City University, London, with a particular focus on the perception of sound, space and the human experience of listening. Her supervisor is Newton Armstrong.

Georgia also works part-time as an acoustician for a firm of consulting engineers, specialising in architectural acoustics. She lives and works (and was born) in north London.

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LORAINE JAMES

North London native Loraine James is an electronic artist/producer (influenced by artists such as Aoki Takamasa, Telefon Tel Aviv and Toe) with a lot of promise and already a wealth of material. A master at crafting organic textures through inorganic means, she effortlessly blends Electronica and IDM with whispers of jazz and ambience all wrapped up in the artists key avant-garde aesthetic and sensibility.


Having released her debut album ‘Detail’ in 2017, Loraine has gone on to play at Shankra Festival in Switzerland, Rye Wax and Splice Festival at Rich Mix.

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FRANCINE PERRY

Francine Perry is a 25 year old producer, composer and engineer based in London. 

Under the moniker La Leif she makes gritty electronic music that sits somewhere between broken techno and a dystopian film soundtrack. Her new material takes inspiration from the urban soundworld as apposed to the natural soundworld of her debut EP ‘The Nest’. It involves field recordings taken in Berlin and London, meshing industrial sounds into a deep listening and club context. As well as making music Francine co-founded the London based collective for female and non-binary music producers called Omnii and is one half of the duo ORKA with whom she has toured across Europe, Hong Kong, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Her next EP ’Violet’ will be released on August 31st by Blank Editions.

 

2017 WINNERS

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EWA JUSTKA

Ewa Justka is a polish electronic acid-technoise artist, self taught instruments builder and electronics teacher based in London. 

She is also interested in the notion of materiality of objects, vibrant, ontological systems (human bodies, electronic circuits, integrated circuits: varied range of micro and macro environments and relations between them) and an investigation of modes of quasi-direct perception through extreme light and sound actions, electronics, hardware hacking, breaking, deconstructing, wiring - or, to put it bluntly - designing synths and playing hard techno. 

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KLEIN

Have you heard of Klein? If not, then get ready to be introduced to a global phenomenon!

For the past two years Klein (Zoe Bell) has been living the dream out in LA, first of all as a backing singer for stars such as Victoria Justice and Nicki Minaj, before being discovered by music guru Tony Bennett who personally invited her to record in his studio. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.Her first single ‘Where’s the bulb?!’ became an internet sensation, racking up 495,078 views within a week of it being shared by legends such as Gary Barlow, Ray Mears and Enya.

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CLAIRE M SINGER

Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, cello and electronics and her debut album Solas was released on Touch in June 2016 followed by her second release Fairge in October 2017. 


Performances and commissions include Union Chapel; Sound Festival Scotland; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Norwich Arts Centre; Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne; Muziekgebouw Aan' t ij Amsterdam, Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Barbican London.

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ELVIN BRANDHI

Freya Edmondes is a multidisciplinary artist and active in fields of fine, visual and audio arts. As a music producer she is participating in different projects such as NAPALM TREE.


Her solo project Elvin Brandhi combines experimental music with electronic beats. Described as being in a "genre of one"* her duo, Yeah You, are a father-daughter duo making noise-pop out of field recordings taken in Ikea car parks. Elvin's energetic and skilled performance work results in sonic art that does not easily fit into any specific category or genre.

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KATHY HINDE

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. 


Drawing on inspiration from behaviours and phenomena found in the natural world, she creates work that is generative; that evolves; that can be different each time it is experienced.

Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process. She has created light and sound installations in public spaces, including urban streets, woodlands and forests.

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MARY STARK

Mary Stark is an artist filmmaker with a background in textile practice.


Since 2012 Mary has been making 16mm film performances exploring optical sound created from fabric and stitch patterns. The filmmaking technology of optical sound involves visual forms in the soundtrack area of the filmstrip transforming into noise through film projection. Mary's performances summon absent voices and obsolete industries, involving 16mm film projection, light and shadow, mechanical noise and music associated with textile production. 

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SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an British-Australian artist creating immersive audiovisual performances, sound art releases and participatory installations which consider liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within new technological contexts. Golding blends discordant sonics and harsh lighting in her approach to sound through her innovative ‘darkroom compositions’ reminiscent of tape cut-ups created by reworking the optical soundtrack area of the industrial film sound system as a site for psychoacoustic ‘radio play’; experimentation with lathe cutting her own audio inscribing recordings with the sound of the substrate; and live interference and generative feedback systems using amplified lighting and light sensitive audio including instrumentation with repurposed camera flash units and laboratory strobe lights.

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SHELLY KNOTTS

Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration in improvisation.


She is currently based in Melbourne, AUS. She performs internationally, collaborating with computers and other humans. She studied for a PhD in Live Computer Music at Durham University with a focus on collaboration in Network Music. She is currently a Research Fellow at SensiLab, Monash University working on Improvisational Interfaces.

 

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