About EMF Institute

The startup

Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), a not-for-profit 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.

The UNESCO Digi-Arts Portal

In 2002, the EMF Institute website was refocused and redesigned to become congruent with the UNESCO Digi-Arts Portal. The UNESCO goals were twofold: 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 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.


Following the Digi-Arts Portal, EMF Institute became a quiet website.

The other EMF programs were not quiet. EMF’s activities included: CDeMusic, retail sales of CDs; Arts Electric, an online magazine/calendar; Ear to the Earth, concerts and festivals involving environmental sound; EMF Productions, concerts and festivals in New York; and EMF Media, publications and production of CDs.

In 2011, in the context of a diminishing market for CDs and a general financial crisis for many arts organizations, EMF reorganized and rethought its programs which, one by one, evolved into independent organizations. Arts Electric evolved into New Music World.


Ear to the Earth reoriented towards a global network.


EMF Media inspired the formation of Intelligent Arts.


Thanks to the generosity of Nancy Loeffler, EMF Institute has restarted. We are now a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York.

A New World of Music

This is the time to rebuild EMF Institute as an information center for the history of electronic music. The second half of the 20th century, the period in which most of us have begun our work, has changed the nature of music to encompass all sounds and all structures. Our goal is to document answers to these questions:

How did this come about?

Who did what?

How do we understand this new world of 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.

To see how we’re planning to organize this …
go here!

We will also display the historical materials of Electronic Music Foundation — concerts, festivals, images, sounds, and recordings from 1994 to 2013.

And create a global directory that lists the availability of other relevant historical materials throughout the world.

We refer to the project as A New World of Music.

Our strategy

A New World of Music is clearly an immense project. We will have expenses for supervision, archiving, editing, website design and maintenance, internet management, and administration. Our goal is to see the project extend into the future as an ongoing source for information and activities.

We see it as starting and developing in stages. The startup has to be supported by a large enough group of individuals contributing sufficiently to give the project credibility and strength. We plan to 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. As we establish credibility, we will apply for grants and aim for an endowment.

In every case, with every gesture of generosity, those who contribute will be saying in effect that this is an extremely important project and that we offer our knowledge and experience as a gift to future generations.

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 …
go here!

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 institute@emf.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.

































These are the people who have joined to date in the startup stage of A New World of Music

Special thanks
Nancy Loeffler

$1000 +
Georgio Bertoli (Italy)
Joel Chadabe (New York)

$500 +
Sharon Kanach (Paris)
Laurie Spiegel (New York)

$100 +
Nate Aldrich (Orono, US)
Marc Battier (Paris)
Walter Branchi (Rome)
Warren Burt (Melbourne)
François Bayle (Paris)
Tom Beyer (New York)
Peter Beyls (Ghent, Belgium)
Georges Bloch (Paris)
Bill Buxton (Toronto)
Alessandro Cipriani (Rome)
Scott Deal
Phil Edelstein (New York)
Thomas Gerwin (Berlin)
Hubert Howe (New York)
Alcides Lanza (Montreal)
Bruno Liberda (Vienna)
Annea Lockwood (New York)
Zahir Manek (Toronto)
Scott Miller (Minneapolis, US)
Michelle Moog-Koussa (Asheville, US)
Tom Rhea (Boston)
David Rosenboom (Los Angeles)
Robert Rowe (New York)
Carla Scaletti (Urbana, US)
Mary Simoni (Troy, US)
Laetitia Sonami (San Francisco)
Alvise Vidolin (Padua, Italy)
Marcelo Wanderley (Montreal)