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 resources for learning about what has already been done; 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, then ceased its activities.
EMF Institute remained EMF’s historical program.
A New World of Music
Thanks to the generosity of Nancy Loeffler, EMF Institute is now an independent nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to document, archive, and make available to future generations the new ideas and technologies of the second half of the 20th century as the most remarkable time in the history of music. We plan to trace its paths into the 21st century.
We will receive, collect, organize, edit, and publish the stories, reports, sounds, images, and media that you created as a composer, entrepreneur, scientist, engineer, or as someone who was in another way involved in the development of electronic music.
The EMF Institute will grow as an information center for the history of electronic music.
We plan to receive, collect, organize, edit, and publish the stories, reports, sounds, images, and media that you created as a composer, entrepreneur, scientist, engineer, or as someone who was involved in the development of electronic music.
A New World of Music is clearly an immense project. We will have expenses for supervision, editing, website design and maintenance, internet management, and administration. We are beginning to organize an archival program.
If you would like to be recognized as a member of the startup group, this is the time to make a contribution. We are now approaching the end of the startup stage as we begin to look for large-scale funding.
To see a list of the people who have joined us to date,
We recognize those who contribute as Participants at $100+, Partners at $500+, or Leaders at $1000+. We will recognize with gratitude those who make special contributions as Sponsors.
At this time, we’re not sure that we’ll have an ongoing call for individuals into the future. Consequently, if you would like to contribute with a credit card, please go to this page at New Music World, a partner organization …
To contribute with a credit card …
and mention EMF Institute in the comments slot. We will transfer the funds immediately to the EMF Institute account.
Or, if you prefer, contribute directly via PayPal …
As soon as you make a contribution you will become a stakeholder in the project. We will keep you informed, listen to your advice, and work with you in placing your work in the site. And let’s not forget that the history as it grows will be available to us all.
If necessary, please ask about alternative methods of contribution, including wire transfer and check. If you have any comments or questions of any kind, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Joel Chadabe
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.