Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week


The Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week was established in 2006, sponsored by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and presented by the conservatory’s Department of Music Production and Engineering. Our objectives in hosting the International Electronic Music Week are: to provide an international, cutting-edge stage in the field of electronic music; to showcase the newest compositions, sound installations, and research developments in electronic music from around the world; and to provide a platform for the debut and release of electronic music compositions by the world’s next generation of composers.



2013 (4th Annual) Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week
The 2013 International Electronic Music Week (EMW 2013) will open with a “Salute to the Masters,” with electronic music classics by master composers including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, and Luigi Nono making their collective Chinese debut. Celebrated composers Kaijia Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière have jointly produced their piece “New Visuals of Electronic Music” for this year’s electronic music week, with interactive multimedia technologies woven throughout their performance for an even more dazzling display of artistry. Popular electronic music composer Philippe Manoury will also present two works showcasing a rich variety of electronic music techniques. Of course, we are honored to welcome back some of our old friends – Jacopo Baboni Shilingi, Hans Tutschku, and other PRISMA composers – who will be presenting the world debuts of their newest works.
Continuing our tradition of highlighting innovative spirit and presenting commissioned works, EMW 2013 will showcase new commissioned pieces by Xi Yao and Pengyun Li, winners of last year’s “Collected Works,” in support of these rising stars. New Chinese electronic music composers Qiangbin Chen, Ping Jin, Jian Feng, and Jie Zhu have also accepted EMW commissions, and will be unveiling their colorful creations. Through an alliance with 15th Shanghai International Arts Festival Week, this year’s “Collected Works” segment will strive to provide an even greater showcase for young artists.
Following the success of EMW 2011 in hosting China’s first interactive sound installation exhibit, this year’s EMW will work with the Shanghai International Arts Festival, the Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Shanghai Theater Academy to present various installation pieces. German artist Christof Schläger’s custom instrument comprising 64 air-pressure horns of different tones is particularly noteworthy; also of interest is Dutch artist Edwin van der Heide’s “Pneumatic Sound Field,” an outdoor installation that automatically generates sound from dozens of pneumatic valves according to changes in surrounding air pressure.
EMW emphasizes not only artistic creation, but also the international exchange and promotion of technological innovation. As part of its explorations of cutting-edge electronic music technology, EMW 2013 will offer a two-day international forum in the topics of “Interactive and Other New Media” and “Soundspace – 3D Holography.”

We are fortunate to welcome the following guests to an international expert brainstorming session: Professor Miller Puckette, creator of MAX/MSP and Pd; Dr. Frédéric Bevilacqua, leader of IRCAM’s Real Time Musical Interactions team (France); Dr. Chris Chafe, director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) (USA); Professor Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, also of Stanford’s CCRMA (USA); Georg Hadju, professor of multimedia composition at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Germany); Christophe Letreton, engineer, and Johannes Scherzer, 3D sound designer, of the Grame Centre National de Création Musicale (France); and leading professors from various Chinese universities including the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Research developments will be shared not only on paper, but through live demonstrations and displays to stage for a rich display of global electronic music technology.

Performances by of distinguished domestic and international concert artists are another highlight of this year’s EMW. Violist Christophe Desjardins, who recorded Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza VI” for DG, will present both a solo performance in the evening concert and an instrumental workshop on the interpretation of “Sequenza VI.” Performers from the Ensemble de Musique Interactive (France) will present a workshop on interactive performance. The 2013 EMW will also feature numerous additional activities, including seminars, master classes, and arts education, as well as a 10th-anniversary celebration of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Department of Music Production and Engineering.
2011 Third EMW Profile

Taking “Sense Music, Touch Music” as its theme, the 2011 International Electronic Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music opened on October 10th, 2011. This EMW lasted for a week, with a total of nine musical concerts, 10 lectures, 1 master class, 1 international conference, 1 international forum, 2 domestic workshops and “Touch Sound”, a domestic-first interactive installation exhibition which took sound art and electronic music as its theme. Outstanding contemporary artists from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chinese mainland and other places combined sound devices, electronic music, everyday behavior and interactive art ingeniously, to bring the audience a visual feast with experimental value, ornamental value as well as interactive experience.

This EMW collected the new works of young artists from 11 countries and regions including China, Britain, France, America, Italy and Ireland. After expert review, 20 works were performed in the “New Generation Concert”, and three winners were chosen among them. They were Yao Xi, Li Pengyun and Yu Xiaolu. Their contacted new works will be performed during the fourth EMW in 2013.


2009 Second EMW Profile
The second International Electronic Music Week of Shanghai Conservatory of Music was held from October 19 to October 24 in 2009 in Shanghai. This music week was another grand music event held after the success of the first music week in 2006. Altogether, there were five formal concerts and four academic exchange concerts. Prisma, the specially invited agency, organized scholars abroad to come to Shanghai to work as the experts for a series of workshops and concerts, and held a three-day international forum. Also, artists and scholars from countries and regions including the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Finland, Hong Kong and Taiwan participated in this music week. Experts from home and abroad gathered together in Shanghai to discuss the development strategy for electronic music in the 21st century, to strengthen the exchanges and cooperation of different disciplines from universities home and abroad, to promote discipline construction and to jointly push forward the development of electronic music.


2006 First EMW Profile
The “Shanghai International Music Week” held from October 16th to October 21st, 2006 in Shanghai satisfied the fans and related scholars who were looking forward to this event with its “brand new organization concept”, “top-level technology exhibition” and “focus on the integration of traditions and modern music”, and left people with a great impression. In the 2006 Shanghai International Electronic Music Week, four concerts were held, namely, ”Tradition and Modernity Intersect Here”, “A Personal Interpretation from the Composer”, “New Generation Concert” and “Multi-media Concert”. There were also a series of five master workshops including “The Creation, Production and Performance of Interactive Electronic Music”, seven composer seminars including ”The Composer Talks about Electronic Music” and a round table conference-“A Strategic Development Discussion about Electronic Music, Musical Technology and Applied Music”. During the Music Week, foreign guests, experts and scholars from the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore, and domestic experts, scholars and students from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China Academy of Art and many other institutions participated in this event.