Sonics is an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental special interest group uniting academic staff and PhD students across the College whose research touches on the theory, practice, technique, and epistemologies of sound as a medium. Sonics recognises the long tradition of work in these areas Goldsmiths and seeks to build upon, support and extend these foundations across several departments.
2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Electronic Music Studios (EMS) at Goldsmiths. The 1968 studio placed Goldsmiths at the forefront of such developments in the UK university sector. The early development of the studio is closely linked to two British pioneers of experimental electronic music: Hugh Davies (1943-2005) and Daphne Oram (1925-2003). Interest in electronic music at Goldsmiths can be traced back to 1966 and a visit by Oram, co-founder and director of the BBC Radiophonic workshop (1958-59).