Synth Remix at the V&A

Following 2018’s sell-out performances for our Synth Remix tour, we’re excited to present Jo Thomas’ extraordinary synth performance Nature’s Numbers as part of a special Friday Late at the V&A Museum in London.

Based on archival research at the Delia Derbyshire Archives, Daphne Oram Archive and the BBC Radiophonic Archives, Nature’s Numbers celebrates and reframes the work of the pioneering women of electronic music.

Performed on a range of electronic instruments, Jo’s performance explores the development of electronic music making over the last sixty years. As well as Roland synths and her own MILK Synthesiser, Jo will perform on Tom Richard’s recreation of Daphne Oram’s Mini-Oramics synthesiser, the only one in existence, that translates drawn shapes into electronic sound.

Alongside Jo’s performance, _REMIX will host a panel discussion exploring innovation in electronic music with composer Benjamin Tassie, writer Frances Morgan, musician Jo Thomas and musician and instrument maker Tom Richards.

Watch our interview with Jo, listen to extracts of her performance, and read more about Synth Remix, below.

 
 
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Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is an award-winning composer and performer. She has performed at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Place and Cafe OTO, performing alongside artists including Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. In 2012 she won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron.

 
 
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Mini-Oramics Synthesiser

Originally designed by electronic music pioneer, and founding member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, the Mini-Oramics synth was reconstructed by musician and instrument maker, Tom Richards.

The only one in existence, the Mini-Oramics synth translates drawn shapes into electronic sound.

For Sonic Boom at the V&A, Tom Richards will join our panel discussion to share his research and experiences building this unique instrument.

 

A filmmaker as well as a musician, Jo will perform alongside projected visuals based on the drawings and diagrams found in Delia Derbyshire’s notebooks.

 

Watch our interview with Jo, filmed before the U.K. Tour of Synth Remix, in which she discusses her archival research, performing on a range of instruments, and being part of a community of female, electronic music makers.

 
...tsunamis of sound waves shuddering through the audience’s chests, and lofted clouds of siren vocals around our heads. The compositions were compelling, richly textured and darkly powerful.
— Nature Journal review of Synth Remix