author of Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music. A Study of EMS – Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, 1964-79 (Kehrer 2014)
with guests Isabel Thomson & Vinyl, terror & horror
Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 19:00h
Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music. A Study of EMS – Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, 1964-79
This book explores the history of the Swedish electronic music studio EMS. EMS was established in 1964 with the intent to create an international centre for research in sound and sound perception, and to build one of the world’s most advanced hybrid studios. The principal creators of the studio were rooted in Swedish modernism, and had the EMS-project shaped in accordance to the social democratic cultural policy of the time. This enabled the project to achieve continuous financial support, as well as to stay at the forefront of technological advances.
EMS is one of the most significant electronic music studios, and for over 50 years it has operated as a place for innovation in the sonic arts, in particular acting as a platform for the development of text sound compositions in the 1960s and 70s. Today, it maintains an active program, and under the leadership of Mats Lindström supports ongoing productions in the field of auditory studies and electronics. The publication by Sanne Krogh Groth captures the history of this amazing place, and tells the important story of its pioneers.
The publication is supported by Statens Musikverk and ZKM, Karlsruhe.
Sanne Krogh Groth (DK, 1975) is MA in Musicology and Theatre studies (2003) with a thesis on Sound Art, and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Copenhagen (2010, Kehrer 2014). She is currently affiliated at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, conducting the research project “Composers on Stage” concerning 21st century composers. She is also part time lecture at the University of Copenhagen and editor-in-chief of the online journal Seismograf/DMT (seismograf.org). She has published internationally and occasionally co-curated at events and exhibitions.
Isabel Thomson has been familiar with Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm since the 1990s and worked there for seven years as the international coordinator, from 2004 to 2011. During this time, the studio underwent big changes, under the artistic and administrative leadership of Mats Lindström.
Vinyl, terror & horror is a collaboration between Camilla Sørensen (b.1978) and Greta Christensen (b. 1977), both graduated from the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen in 2007/2008. The project is focused on the relationship between objects and sound and is presented in different situations as installation, sculpture, composition work or as live concerts. The work – whether it is a presented as an installation or a concert – uses sound to create a narrative that always directly refer to the medium playing it or the situation it is presented in. The sculptural work includes amounts of various materials where the live concert focuses exclusively on LP-records and turntables.
With support from Statens Musikverk, Sverige and The Swedish Embassy, Berlin.