New Awards Program to Honor Daphne Oram — and Also Today’s Female Innovators in Music and Sound


Items of good news are few and far between these days, so it gives us great pleasure to be able to report something rather lovely: as per FACT, there’s a new award program to encourage and celebrate women in sound design and music, and it’s named after legendary electronic pioneer/BBC Radiophonic Workshop founder/Flavorwire favorite Daphne Oram.

The Oram Awards are sponsored by The PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and according to FACT’s report, “Two winners will receive bursaries of £1000 each and six winners will receive bursaries of £500.” It’s not a king’s ransom, but it’s better than a slap in the eye with a wet fish, no? News of the Awards comes a year after London’s Southbank Centre hosted a festival that honored Oram and various other pioneers. Oram was so far ahead of her time that she was met more with bewilderment than admiration during her lifetime; it’s heartening that today, at least, people are beginning to appreciate how remarkable her work was.