Goldsmiths Research Online – October 2014 Update



The total number of records in Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO) at 31st October 2014 is 6,952. Over 100 new items were added to GRO during the month of October.

The most popular three GRO items of the month were all PhD theses. These were:

FLOSSTV: Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) within participatory ‘TV hacking’ Media and Arts Practices (2012) by Adnan Hadziselimovic.
Digital Desire and Recorded Music: OiNK, Mnemotechnics and the Private BitTorrent Architecture (2011) by Andrew Sockanathan.
Netmodern: Interventions in Digital Sociology (2011) by Christopher Brauer.

44,530 items were downloaded from GRO this month. The countries that downloaded the most were China, Germany and United States.

New in GRO This Month

Research outputs available on GRO range from book chapters to music compositions, from artworks to journal articles. Here is a small selection from the recent deposits:

Sarah Kember from Media and Communications published a paper in Journal of Visual Culture about face recognition and smart photography. In this paper, Kember looks at two of the principal algorithms of face recognition technology to demonstrate the materialization of discriminatory ways of thinking through software. You can read the paper in full here:

Rob Imrie from the Department of Sociology co-edited a book entitled Sustainable London? The Future of a Global City. “The book explores the rise of sustainable development policies in London, and evaluates their relevance and role in sustaining people and the places and environments that they live in.” (From the book description.) You can view the GRO deposit here:

As part of the Open Access Week 2014, GRO held two events in October about open access, new HEFCE policies, and the next REF assessments. The slides of these talks can be found on GRO.

Open Access and REF2020: How not to let new HEFCE rules ruin your life:

Getting the Most out of Open Access Post Award:

Deposit Your Work

If you are an academic or a PhD student at Goldsmiths, you can deposit your research outputs on GRO. If you need any help or guidance, please email the GRO team at

More about GRO Stats

We are publishing brief reports every month if you are interested in seeing GRO’s monthly upload and download activity. You can access the October report here.

Richard Hoggart : Archive Exhibition and Cataloguing project

In Special Collections and Archives we currently have an exhibition celebrating the life and works of  Richard Hoggart;  from his early years in Leeds, to the publication of ‘The Uses of Literacy’, The Chatterley Trial, the founding of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Studies, and finally as Warden of Goldsmiths.
Richard Hoggart: Life and Works’, will continue in Special Collections and Archives  until 8  January 2015.
This month we also started work on the Richard Hoggart archive cataloguing project – what busy bees we are!
                                               Hoggart Archive

Explore your Archive: Daphne Oram and the Oram Collection

Goldsmiths library and Special Collections have been excited to participate in the Explore Your Archives social media events taking place this week across archives nationwide, seizing the opportunity to show off some of the interesting and unusual items we have to stimulate academic curiosities. As you may have noticed from our twitter output today (13th November), it’s ‘selfie’ day and we’ve been using the opportunity to show off the variety and depth that Special Collections has to offer. So far we have tweeted selfie images of the Women’s Revolutions Per Minute, Women’s Art Library and our Daphne Oram archive collections that we house, the latter of which you can see below:

The particular item on display in this ‘selfie’ is Daphne Oram’s (1925 – 2003) personal computer, one of many items from Oram’s personal collection Special Collections is pleased to house within its archives. Oram was a central figure in early British experimental electronic music, famous for her involvement with the widely influential BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the eponymous Oramics computer music system she designed.

A gifted musician, Oram decided against pursuing a career in classical music, turning down a place at the Royal College of Music to join the BBC and co-found the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. During this period she developed a combined interest in technology and artificially produced sounds. Oram’s approach was informed by the rigid modernist technique of Pierre Schaffer’s musique concrète and other avant-garde musical aesthetics of the time. Such musical movements challenged dominant modes of classical music composition by introducing sonic details procured from the technological and cultural upheavals of post-war society. She would weave these experimental influences into her compositions with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. During this period she also began the research that would lead to the creation of Oramics, a new technique of sound synthesis. Not only was Oramics one of the earliest forms of electronic sound synthesis, it was also innovative through its pioneering of the audiovisual interface in music production.

Daphne would leave the BBC in 1959, though her research on the Oramics project would continue. The completed Oramics machine required the composer to physically draw onto a synchronised set of ten 35mm film strips overlaying a series of photo-electric cells. These drawings, when processed through the Oramics machine, would generate electrical charges to control amplitude, timbre, frequency and duration. Oramics was remarkable for being one of the first devices to engineer sound from electricity, an undoubted influence on the synthesizers and digital music suites of today that are able to produce a similar spectrum of synthetic sound. It should be noted that there was something of a difference in size however, as the Oramics machine was far from a portable device – requiring an entire room to be fully operational. The complete Oramics machine can currently be viewed at the Science Museum​ in London (more information here).

Here at Special Collections in Goldsmiths Library, we hold many materials relevant to Oram’s work, taken from her own personal archive. In 2007, Goldsmiths College collaborated with the Sonic Arts Network to bring this collection into the academic community where it can be properly studied and developed​. These include not just the personal computer shown in the ‘selfie’ but a whole plethora of useful materials relating to her work. This includes papers on her work at the BBC, design notes on the Oramics system, personal photographs, musical scores and scripts and much more.

​You can learn more about the Oram archive and our various other collections here, or directly get in touch by emailing Special Collections or calling (+44) 020 7717 2295.

Talking Textiles

Dorothy LintonHmong hat

Talking Textiles is a once monthly lunch time get-together for anybody interested in textiles or curious to find out more. A small selection of textiles from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection is available for viewing and discussion at the Constance Howard Gallery. For those keen to be involved further, there is the opportunity to research a chosen textile and to share findings or questions at the following session.

The Goldsmiths Textile Collection includes works by Goldsmiths alumni and other textile artists, collections of teaching samples, ethnographic and historical textiles and dress and print and archival materials relating to textiles. A diverse range of examples is on view at Talking Textiles and over the next few sessions will include a boy’s hat made by the Hmong people of Northern Thailand, an illustrated St. Johns Ambulance bandage from WW1, a felt sculpture by the artist Dorothy Linton and a sample of Victorian beetle wing embroidery.

Dorothy Linton 2Bandage detail

After the viewing, there is a chance to share your own textile projects and chat with other textiles enthusiasts over tea and coffee. The event is open to the public, as well as Goldsmiths students and staff and is an opportunity to foster relationships and share knowledge across disciplines and between different communities interested in textiles.

The next event is at 1 pm on Thursday 13th November.

For more information visit

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