Boomkat Product Review:
The venerable Jonny Trunk presents a very necessary first digital issue of Daphne Oram's first and only solo vinyl release, 'Electronic Sound Patterns' (1962). Originally released as part of the BBC's "Listen, move and dance series (Volume 3)' intended to help children dance", in many ways it's an uncanny precedent of what those children's children would be dancing to generations later, all sheer 'Ascending and Descending Sequences of Varying Nature' and 'Rhythmic Variations'; the building blocks of so much electro and techno dance music. And in that uniquely British manner, there's a genuinely spooky, spectral quality that somehow fits the image of shivering kids flitting around, pretending to be willow trees in the wind in the halls of evil old red brick schools. We'll leave you with the original sleevenotes: ""Teachers seeking original material have found this new approach exciting and stimulating in their creative work for music, movement and drama. The Sound patterns are intended for children to enjoy and may lead them into movement of dance-like character, or involve them in imaginative situations. People who are interested in sound production may like to know that these sound patterns were created by Daphne Oram at her Electronic Studio in Kent. By using audio generators, many tape recorders, filters, ring modulators and other electronic devices she built up the tone colours, pitched each of the notes separately, gave them duration and dynamics and finally spliced the notes together to obtain the required rhythms and sequences."