THE GUARDIAN

Vogue

A thrilling late-night Prom featured five women who push back the frontiers of electronic composition

“The concert is bookended by compositions by the two most famous of these figures, both key members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It opens with Delia Derbyshire’s The Delian Mode, a series of ghostly, vaporous electronic drones, and ends with the showcase piece, a recreation of Daphne Oram’s 30-minute Still Point. This concerto for turntables and double orchestra was written, astonishingly, in 1948, when Oram was only 23, and it still sounds hugely groundbreaking. The orchestration is rich mid-century modernism – full of spooky dissonances and nods to Messiaen and Stravinsky – but the real USP comes in the form of Shiva Feshareki’s attempts to recreate Oram’s dystopian turntable interludes, manipulating three 78rpm decks to create what sounds like air-raid sirens and the kind of woozy turntable trickery we associate with Kid Koala or DJ Spooky.”

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