The First Years

Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), a nonprofit organization, was founded in September 1994 to disseminate information and materials on the history and current practice of electronic music.
In 2000, the Daniel Langlois Foundation provided support for EMF Institute as EMF’s historical, research, and education program.
In 2002, the UNESCO Digi-Arts Portal invited participation from EMF Institute. The UNESCO goals were twofold: 1. to record the history of electronic music so that it is easily accessible by new practitioners, thereby providing models for creativity; and 2. to offer and support musical creativity software that will enable people, with or without prior musical training, to work creatively with sounds.
The Digi-Arts Portal remained active for several years. Following the Digi-Arts Portal, EMF Institute remained EMF’s historical program.
In 2016, EMF Institute became a nonprofit independent organization aimed at tracing the history of electronic music with a focus on the period from 1950 to 2000.

A New World of Music

The availability of the tape recorder in 1950 signaled the great opening up of music to all sounds. The period from 1950 to 2000 was a time of new ideas, new sounds, new thoughts about composing and performing, and a new meaning for music in our lives. The tape recorder, analog synthesizers, and digital technology led to a musical revolution in thought and practice.

It was the most imaginative and innovative time in the history of music.

EMF Institute’s goal is to create an online publication of the stories, reports, sounds, images, and media that were created by the composers, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, in short everyone who was in any way involved in the development of electronic music.

Our mission is to create a gift of knowledge for future generations.


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A moment from Xenakis and Japan, an EMF production that took place on February 28, 2010 at Judson Church in New York, with Luca Veggetti, choreographer, dancers from SUNY Purchase, electronic works by Xenakis, and performances by Noh artist Ryoko Aoki, bassist Robert Black, and shakuhachi virtuoso James Nyoraku Schlefer.