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The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a nonprofit US based organization founded in 1984 which aims to promote electro-acoustic music.In particular, the organization aims:
SEAMUS ( // SHAY-muss) was formed in 1984 as a U.S. chapter of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) which had been formed 2 years prior in Bourges, France. Jon Appleton suggested to Barry Schrader the formation of such a chapter while serving as the U.S. representative to the ICEM. SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electroacoustic music representing every part of the United States and virtually every musical style. Significant supporters have included California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), ASCAP, and The Alexander Family Foundation.
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In 1987, the society began giving the SEAMUS Award to acknowledge people who have made significant contributions to electro-acoustic music. The award is presented at the SEAMUS National Conference, held annually. SEAMUS has also, in cooperation with The University of Texas, established a national archive for electro-acoustic literature and compositions. The society also established EAMM (SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Music Month) which is a worldwide celebration of electronic, computer and electroacoustic music which occurs in November of every year.
Jon Howard Appleton is an American composer and teacher who was a pioneer in electro-acoustic music. His earliest compositions in the medium, e.g. Chef d'Oeuvre and Newark Airport Rock attracted attention because they established a new tradition some have called programmatic electronic music. In 1970 he won Guggenheim, Fulbright and American-Scandinavian Foundation fellowships. When he was twenty-eight years old he joined the faculty of Dartmouth College where he established one of the first electronic music studios in the United States. He remained there intermittently for forty-two years. In the mid-1970s he left Dartmouth to briefly become the head of Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm, Sweden. In the late 1970s, together with Sydney Alonso and Cameron Jones he helped develop the first commercial digital synthesizer called the Synclavier. For a decade he toured around the United States and Europe performing the compositions he composed for this instrument. In the early 1990s he helped found the Theremin Center for Electronic Music at the Moscow Conservatory of Music. He has also taught at Keio University (Mita) in Tokyo, Japan, CCRMA at Stanford University and the University of California Santa Cruz. In his later years he has devoted most of his time to the composition of instrumental and choral music in a quasi-Romantic vein which has largely been performed only in France, Russia and Japan.
Electroacoustic music is a genre of Western art music in which composers use technology to manipulate the timbres of acoustic sounds, sometimes by using audio signal processing, such as reverb or harmonizing, on acoustical instruments. It originated around the middle of the 20th century, following the incorporation of electric sound production into compositional practice. The initial developments in electroacoustic music composition to fixed media during the 20th century are associated with the activities of the Groupe de recherches musicales at the ORTF in Paris, the home of musique concrète, the Studio for Electronic Music in Cologne, where the focus was on the composition of elektronische Musik, and the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York City, where tape music, electronic music, and computer music were all explored. Practical electronic music instruments began to appear in the early 1900s.
Miller Smith Puckette is the associate director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts as well as a professor of music at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been since 1994. Puckette is known for authoring Max, a graphical development environment for music and multimedia synthesis, which he developed while working at IRCAM in the late 1980s. He is also the author of Pure Data (Pd), a real-time performing platform for audio, video and graphical programming language for the creation of interactive computer music and multimedia works, written in the 1990s with input from many others in the computer music and free software communities.
Founded in 1986, La Communauté électroacoustique canadienne / The Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) is Canada's national electroacoustic / computer music / sonic arts organization and as such is dedicated to promoting this progressive art form in its broadest definition: from "pure" acousmatic and computer music to soundscape and sonic art to hardware hacking and beyond.
Georgia Spiropoulos is a composer, who studied piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue in Athens. At the same time, she studied jazz piano and worked as an instrumentalist and arranger of Hellenic traditional music of oral transmission for ten years.
Maggi Payne is an American composer, flutist, video artist, recording engineer/editor, and historical remastering engineer who creates electroacoustic, instrumental, vocal works, and works involving visuals.
Russell Pinkston is a professor of composition and the director of the electronic music studios at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music.
Fylkingen - New Music and Intermedia Art is an artist-run venue and member based organization committed to the contemporary experimental performing arts field. Over 300 artists from various disciplines use the space to develop and present new work. Fylkingen is run by its members and an active board and production group. It also produce and distribute recorded material through its own label Fylkingen Records since 1966.
Jonty Harrison is an electroacoustic music composer born 27 April 1952 in Scunthorpe, UK, and currently living in Birmingham, UK.
The Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA) is the only national association of electroacoustic music in Greece. It is registered as a nonprofit organization. Its members are active composers and sound artists who creatively use advances in music technology, producing a variety of musical forms of sonic art in their work. HELMCA became the official Greek federation of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) in June 2006, and it is the national member of the IREM. It has more than 70 members, and organizes national and international events.
Leigh Landy is a composer and musicologist of Dutch and American citizenship. He holds a Research Chair at De Montfort University where he directs the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.
The Australasian Computer Music Association (ACMA) is a nonprofit Australia and New Zealand based organisation founded in 1989, which aims to promote electroacoustic and computer music.
Matt Ingalls is an American composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. He is mostly associated with the San Francisco Bay Area Improv Scene, sfSound, the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, and the computer music program Csound.
Françoise Barrière was a French editor, writer and composer.
Marc Battier is a composer and musicologist.
Kurt Stallmann is an American composer who lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Thomas Wells is an American composer, pianist, organist, and arts-organization administrator.
The Experimental Music Studios (EMS) is an organization or center for electroacoustic and computer music, focusing on synthesis and concert performance of art music, founded by Lejaren Hiller at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1958.
Scott Alan Wyatt is a composer of electroacoustic music. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Music Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having served as Director of the university's Experimental Music Studios for 40 years. Wyatt also served as President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) from 1989 through 1996, and is the recipient of the 2018 SEAMUS Award.
The International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM), or Bourges International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music, formerly Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges, is a music organization in support of electroacoustic music, including computer music.