RADIOACTIVITY #4. Elektronmusikstudion (EMS).

Mats Lindström

18 Sep. 2017

In 1953, after attending the first Swedish Radio and Fylkingen Society electronic music concert with Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, Swedish artist Öyvind Fahlström wrote a manifesto for concrete poetry. More than a decade later, the Swedish Radio broadcasted his pioneer radio piece “Fåglar I Sverige (Birds in Sweden)”. Ilmar Laaban, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, Åke Hodell and Bengt Emil Johnson would soon follow in his footsteps and become references within the text-sound tradition.

Throughout the decades, the complexity and scope of production values around EMS made it a hub for artists such as Rune Lindblad, Ákos Rózmann, Henri Chopin, Sonja Åkesson and Sten Hanson. It also laid the groundwork for the more permeable and diverse environment that can be found today at EMS: an open studio for sound art, live electronics, media, conservatories and art school programs housing around 300 producers and composers each year.

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