She moves to ‘Tower Folly’ in Fairseat, Kent, composing and performing music, and devising the ‘Oramics system’ of graphics-based composition. (*) The playback machine built by engineer Graham Wrench uses spots and lines painted on 35mm film to control a sound generator.
To support creation of concert works like Four Aspects(*) she creates sounds for theatre, radio, television and film — for example, they’re heard in 1961 film The Innocents. (*)(*) Four Aspects (1960,8m)
In 1944 she had been inspired to pursue synthetic sound by reading Kurt London’s ‘Film Music’ and Leopold Stokowski‘s ‘Music for All of Us’. In 1972 she publishes her own book, ‘An Individual Note Of Music, Sound And Electronics’ – it’s Delightful.
A 46-track, 4LP, 155-minute collection of Oram’s music called The Oram Tapes: Volume One (never available before) was recently released on Modern Love’s ‘Young Americans’ (UK) imprint, filling a long-standing void.
The album’s title is used for her 1993 autobiography; the ‘High Priestess of Soul’ was born ‘Eunice Kathleen Waymon’. Her first album was 1958’s Little Girl Blue. Her second live album, Nina Simone at Newport, made US#23.