A performance by Tom Richards and Frances Scott

7 Dec 2019

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Sat, 07 Dec
19:00 – 21:00

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As part of Frances Scott's ongoing research residency with TACO!, Frances is collaborating with musician and researcher Tom Richards to produce elements of the soundtrack for her new film, Wendy. Their collaboration will result in a live performance of the score.


During his PhD in 2016, Tom built a music synthesiser and sequencer designed - but never realised - in 1976 by Daphne Oram (1925–2003). Oram was one of the pioneers of electronic music in Britain and one of the founding members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

When performed live, the Mini Oramics machine uses graphic scores, producing a drawn-sound. This ‘drawn sound synthesis’ will be used as a method to translate Wendy Carlos full, original composition 'Timesteps' (1971), of which only a section was used in Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation A Clockwork Orange.

Tom Richards’ performances encompass sonic art, sculpture and music. Using a variety of custom-built instruments, his pieces explore percussive patterns and improvised gestural synthesis, referencing aspects of techno and avant-garde composition.Tom has performed and exhibited widely in the UK, as well as internationally in the US, Germany, Peru, Singapore, Japan and Sweden.

Frances Scott has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.

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