!!! This is soo awesome! The history of electronic / avant garde music is full of innovative badass women, don’t let any motherfuckers tell you otherwise.
I did an entire BA in music and never once heard about Daphne Oram, even though I was actively seeking out books the entire time about women in Western art music and the avant garde movements that followed. My avant garde music seminar only even covered two women, out of a list of around 40 composers. And yet there are still musicologists who insist that issues of gender in music research and history aren’t important.
Daphne Oram and her BBC colleague Delia Derbyshire (who created the Doctor Who theme) have been getting more attention in the past few years, fortunately. A compilation of some of her works was released last year. There are also a couple of documentaries about the BBC Radiophonics Workshop that you can watch if you hunt around YouTube and Vimeo.
For a new study, a team of psychologists in Australia has taken an interest in the conversation that allows … coordinated imaginary game-play between childhood friends. Frances Hoyte and her colleagues video recorded three boys aged five to six - Alan, Bradley, and Max - as they played with each other in pairs for half an hour. …
Each pairing from this trio was asked to play together with various props available to help them on their way, including brightly coloured building blocks, wooden discs, bottle tops and pebbles. The toys were chosen deliberately to be open-ended, “so that the materials did not prescribe a specific agenda for play.” Hoyte’s team identified three conversational themes in the boys’ playtime interactions…
Obvious question is “what about girls?” Looks like this study only involved three kids, so it make sense to pick ones of the same sex since there’s less direct play between boys and girls at that age. I hope they study a group of girls as a follow-up (especially as there are well-known differences in the type of imaginary play boys and girls typically engage in.)
(My son sent me this; it’s the exact same way we talk about sports. “Hey, did you see the sports game? Yeah,that one team scored more points!” I even got him a Dresden Codak “Sportland Sports: #1 In Points” team jersey.)
I could keep eating breakfast forever. Unlimited slices of bread pop crisply out of the toaster, I apply peanut butter and iterate through the three open jams, sometimes breaking out the nutella for variety. There’s always more news to read on my iPad, and tumblr keeps scrolling smoothly down. Outside the kitchen window, speckly clouds drift on and on.