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Tom Richards makes polyrhythmic techno on an emulation of Daphne Oram’s unfinished “Mini Oramics” machine with ruddy hypnotic results for nonclassical comparable to Don’t DJ or Harmonious Thelonious records
As the artist acknowledges, “there’s a lot of serendipity involved in wrestling grooves out of these awkward machines”, and that’s where a lot of the chewy charm to ‘Pink Nothing’ stems from. Working with his re-imagined version of Daphne Oram’s uncompleted “Mini Oramics” machine - a slightly less unwieldy version of her drawing/light-to-sound interface for music making - which he finished in 2016, Tom harnesses its bleeps and whistles to palpitating bass drums owing to modern dance music, dreaming of what Daphne might have come up with if, as rumours imply, she really was at the first Shoom party.
Diffracting influences ranging from Ghanaian drum choir music to the cellular rhythms of Steve Reich and ritual trance thru his Mini Oramics machine, Richards scries a sort of alternative historical timeline where Daphne toured West Africa in the ’80s and intersected the NYC downtown minimalists, forging his own sort of home listening techno in the process.