We have just had sound workshops for children here two days in a row. EMS received a total of 100 children aged 6-9 (luckily divided into groups of 11-13 or so) for a workshop led by Ida Lundén. The sound workshops are always a great success and it was wonderful to see all the children's happy and delighted faces as they discovered the powerful sounds and effects they could achieve with the various synthesizers and weird instruments that Ida had brought. Ida is an experienced music teacher and each lesson with her is well thought-out, filling the 45 minutes to the brim. There was never a dull moment and the children didn't once lose focus or were bored. At the end of each lesson, the children got to perform a mini concert. All of them did very well and took their mission seriously; and they all produced very different things. It is clear that electronics and electroacoustic music should already be taught to this age group in the music schools!
Since 1964, EMS is the centre for Swedish electroacoustic music. It is run as an independent part of Rikskonserter (Swedish Concerts) and is led by the studio director, Mats Lindström, who is assisted by an artistic board consisting of four composers.
EMS’ aim is to support artistic development within electroacoustic music and its integration within other artistic areas. EMS represents electroacoustic music from Sweden in various international contexts and acts as an informer, both nationally and internationally.
Besides making professional studios available for electroacoustic music, EMS runs courses, initiates seminars, produces concerts and festivals, releases CDs, and commissions new works. EMS also runs outreach projects of general interest which aim for all age groups from the age of 4 and upwards.
The artists who work at EMS have different educational backgrounds. Besides traditional music training at the colleges of music, they also are self-taught or come from the art schools or radio production.
Foreign composers regularly come to EMS to work and may be granted a working period by making a project application following the same conditions that are posed to Swedish composers.