Since 1964, EMS Elektronmusikstudion is the centre for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound-art. EMS is run as an independent part of Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency).
Besides making professional studios available for the production of electroacoustic music and sound-art, EMS' aim is to support artistic development of electroacoustic music and its integration within other artistic areas. EMS represents electroacoustic music from Sweden in various international contexts and sees as one of its main tasks to act as an informer, both nationally and internationally. Foreign composers regularly come to EMS to work and may be granted a working period by submitting a project application according to the same conditions that Swedish composers are subject to.
Söder Mälarstrand 61, Stockholm
The office is open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 16.00.
- If you travel by subway, the nearest station is Mariatorget, exit "Torkel Knutssonsgatan".
- Turn right on Torkel Knutssonsgatan and walk down hill.
- After a few hundred meters you find a large brick building (Münchenbryggeriet). Go through an arch to your left, cross a parking lot and make your way down to the next level of the parking lot.
- EMS is then located on your left.
Address for invoices
Statens musikverk / EMS
838 74 Frösön
Address for mail
Statens musikverk / EMS
103 26 Stockholm
Corporate identity number / Organisationsnummer: 202100-3666
EMS has several studios and there are several different courses, gradually giving you access to the studios.
Introduktionskurs (Introduction to the electroacoustic repertoire)
Grundkurs (Level 1) from there you can go on to work in studio 3, 4 and 6 with a basic knowledge.
Fortsättningskurs (Level 2) give you a deeper knowledge in composition and an opportunity to work in all studios.
Please note that all tuition is in Swedish.
EMS has a unique collection of CDs, DVDs, and books on electroacoustic music and sound art. It is searchable in the Music- and Theatre Library catalogue. To view results only from EMS, search, and then select Elektronmusikstudion EMS under Collection.
If you want to request a book or CD/DVD, please contact the librarian. The library and archives are available for research by appointment.
The library collection includes books and periodicals on electroacoustic music, sound art, text-sound, concrete poetry, computer music and sound synthesis, soundscape and acoustic ecology, contemporary music, audio technology, acoustics etc. We also have hundreds of electroacoustic music and sound art CDs as well as the IDEAMA archives, an international documentation of electroacoustic music covering 1929-1971, searchable in a database with audio files.
The tape archives
EMS's tape archives contain thousands of recordings of music and sound art created at EMS and other studios. In collaboration with KB/AVM (the department of audiovisual media at Kungliga Biblioteket, the National Library of Sweden), EMS runs a digitisation project aiming to make all recordings available to the public. There are already a few items available in the Swedish Media Database, and it is possible to listen to the sound files at Kungliga Biblioteket/AVM.
There is also a searchable database with sound files available at EMS, and in addition, one can search EMS's tape archives in the DISMARC portal, although it is not possible to listen to the recordings online.
The document archives
The document archives contain source material about EMS and Swedish electroacoustic music, such as correspondence, technical documentation, administrative documents, programme notes and photographs. Some older documents have been digitised. The archives have been donated to Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden), and an inventory is available.
If you want more information on EMS' and related archives, the article Electronic Music Archives in the Collections of The Swedish Performing Arts Agency is a good place to start.
EMS's librarian also maintains a list of Swedish record labels for electronic and experimental music, a list of online tutorials, and a meta-bibliography.
EMS is collaborating with the following organizations:
|Canada Council for the Art|
|Issue Project Room|
|Visby International Centre for Composers|
As a result of the EMS/National library digitisation project, all music created at EMS starting at 1964 is now searchable in the DISMARC portal.
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.
Thanks to Lena Forsgren at Svenskt visarkiv (Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research) and Gerda Koch at DISMARC, who made this possible.
Short film from the times when EMS was situated on Kungsgatan 8 in Stockholm, 1974. It is one of the rare photographic documents available from that time.
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