Electronic Music Studios Research


The Electronic Music Studios hosts and develops a vibrant range of research activities.

The Studios forge links with other Goldsmiths departments and externally with a range of organisations, such as Sound and Music, the UK & Ireland Soundscape Community, Laban Contemporary Dance, Cafe OTO. We have an active body of students involved in MPhil & PhD Music studies, with research strengths including live electronics and acoustic ecology.

The Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR) is a research group that integrates and advances the innovative activities of EMS composers and researchers. It functions as a nexus for a diverse range of creative and theoretical research linked by a common commitment to rigorous, thoughtful and convincing practice. This is enabled by expertise at the forefront of music computing and audio technologies, field studies and reflection on pressing social, cultural, commercial and environmental issues; and inspired by investigation into and archiving of historical precedents.

Daphne Oram Collection

Daphne Oram (1925-2003) is one of the central figures in the development of British experimental electronic music.

Daphne died in 2003 and her life’s work passed into the care of Hugh Davies who knew Daphne and her work better than anyone in the UK. Following Hugh’s death in January 2005, Sonic Arts Network was asked by Daphne’s family to become custodians of her collected papers, recordings and other items. It was with experimental electronic music practice in mind that Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios have collaborated with the Sonic Arts Network to bring this collection into the academic community where it can be properly studied and developed.

The collection houses a number of important recordings, including some of her key works such as Pulse Persephone (1965), Bird of Parallax(1972), Rockets in Ursa Major (1962), Broceliande (1969-70), and the soundtrack to the feature film The Innocents (1961). 

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