Since the mid 90s, EMS has been a department within Concerts Sweden (Rikskonserter). The present Government has now decided to close down Concerts Sweden in 2011. But that doesn't mean that we will be left homeless. Instead we will become a department within The Swedish National Collections of Music. We are thrilled to know that we can continue working as before and are looking forward to new challenges and collaborations.
A sound art course, resulting in a masters, has now started at EMS. The course is a collaboration between EMS, Mats Lindström and DI, Anders Aare. They have invited several prominent sound artists, artists and composers to teach the five students who were selected to attend. A lot of the tuition is taking place in EMS studios. The five students come from different areas: radio documentary making, art, composing and singing/performing.
To search for EMS material exclusively, go to Advanced search, select "Archive" as field and enter "ems". There are about 3800 items in all, but one can add additional search terms with "+" to narrow the search:
Please note that due to copyright restrictions, we unfortunately cannot provide audio files online. For now, you have to come to EMS to listen.
If you are interested in learning more about electroacoustic music or about how to make some yourself, there are several courses at EMS that gradually give you access to the studios. We also organise seminars and other evens that may be of interest.
Please note that all tuition is in Swedish. If you want to know more please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 08-556 08 850 See also: www.ems.rikskonserter.se under courses!
Our studio engineer of 40 years, Göran Svensson will sadly be retiring at the end of November. Göran has been a witness and key engineer in the history of the electroacoustic music evolution here at EMS!
On 1/10, the new studio engineer at EMS will be joining us! His name is Daniel Araya and has previously worked as a sound engineer etc at the Swedish Radio. He is also very big on analogue synthesizers and knows all about our Buchla and Serge here at EMS and can cure them when they are sick!
Those of you who have been to the Norberg festival know that he is one of the driving forces behind it and may have danced at his own club Camp 303!
was guest composer here at EMS from 18-25 May 2009! Sabine is a flautist and lives in Potsdam. She concentrates on sound and improvisation and has appeared in many improvisation-related contexts in Germany and abroad.
Inside3. This Spanish/Swedish music was performed at Fylkingen in Stockholm Sweden 21st april 2009 by Thomas Bjelkeborn (left) on laptop and wii controllers, Josep Lluise Galiana (middle) on Saxophones and Gregorio Jimenez (right) on laptop and interactive gadgets. This is the last 3 minutes of this 40 minute Suite composed during a residency at EMS in Stockholm.
The Society of Swedish composers broadcasts music by Swedish composers on the Internet under the name Composer's radio. This is not really news, since the broadcasting has been going on since 2005. What is new, though, is that all new programmes will be in English, starting March 2009. A nice complement to Electroacoustic Sweden!
Tamas Ungvary has posted another video from EMS. It's a jam session with Tamas and fellow composer/pianist Michael Smith.
Jesper Olsson writes about Swedish sound art and our new master's programme in daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (only in Swedish, sorry).
I'm back in my job! :-) It's great to be back. Digitizing the archives is great fun. It's really interesting listening to what was being done here in the early 90s. So I'm carrying on with that too. The EMS database will be something of a cultural treasure. Especially for researchers...
About the film, see entry beneath! That was from the days when EMS was located on Kungsgatan 8 in Stockholm. The studios are now on Söder Mälarstrand 61 (München bryggeriet), Stockholm too. Fantastic equipment… Things don't look as Star Trek-like anymore which is a shame really.
Here's a video of composer Tamas Ungvary using the EMS hybrid studio/synthesiser in 1974. The studio was equipped with 24 analogue oscillators, digitally controlled by an 18-bit DEC PDP-15 computer. Thanks for this wonderful piece of nostalgia, Tamas! /Pär
This spring 2009 EMS will be receiving the following guest composers:
Philippe Moënne-Loccoz, from Annecy in France (13-25 March) Benjamin Thigpen, Paris, France (20 April to 16 May) Neil Morris O'Connor, Dublin, Ireland (dates to be confirmed) Gregorio Jimenez (15 April to 23 April) Jose Luis (17 April to 23 April)
We look forward to having them in our studios and to getting to know them and their work.
Well, in retrospect, the previous entry is quite ironic. Yes, we ARE suffering from the major crisis that Concerts Sweden/Rikskonserter are undergoing and yes, we have to put up with staff cuts. In fact I was laid off! In a few months' time I will no longer be working at EMS. I have had a wonderful time here at EMS which is a fantastic resource, quite unique in its kind. Anyone who is interested in the electroacoustic medium will agree that this is a great environment. Once you are a user of EMS you can book studio time and use up-to-date software and analogue synthesizers etc, and use the library with its collection of subject-related books. It's a brilliant working space. A bit like a public library with studios. Luckily, I'm still a user so I will go on coming to EMS and keep my fingers crossed that this is just a short interlude before something more constructive happens!
What will 2009 have in store for EMS? This is the big question at the moment as we are waiting to see how our beloved institution will be affected by the major crisis at Concerts Sweden (Rikskonserter), under which we are a department since the mid nineties. It may mean staff cuts, which would be very unfortunate, in a time when we are actually expanding work-wise more than ever. More and more composers from all over the world are interested in coming here to work. Those who have been here say they love the atmosphere and find working and composing here very easy (that's because we really do our best to make them feel comfortable!). Over the past few years, our connection to the Norberg festival has grown and we are already looking forward to the summer. The archive project where Arkivet för Ljud och Bild (i.e. the department for audiovisiual media at the Swedish Royal Library) is a strong partner. That's just a few of all the projects in which we are involved. Keep your fingers crossed for us and don't hesitate to show your moral support!
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.