The Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week (EMW) was established in 2006, hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and organized by the Music Engineering Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The EMW is aimed to create an international, cutting-edge stage in the field of electronic music; to show the newest compositions, sound installations, and research developments in electronic music from around the world; and to provide a platform for the premiere and release of electronic music compositions by the world’s new generation of composers.


2015 (5th) Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Electronic Music Week


The 2015 International Electronic Music Week (EMW 2015) will be held October 18 to 24, 2015. The EMW has invited musicians from Berklee College of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Grame – National Center for Musical Creation, CRM – Centro Ricerche Musicali di Roma CRM, Kunitachi College of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music, and many renowned artists, musicians and technology experts in China and abroad. They will bring us concerts, lectures, workshops and introduce their new music and new technology from around the world.


The EMW will open with “Crossed Wires – San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert” on October 18. MaryClare Brzytwa (Associate Dean for New Media and Music Technology), Taurin Barrera (Director of TAC Studios) and David Tanenbaum (Chair of the Guitar Department) will perform together with their newest electronic piece “Crossed Wires” and other brilliant works such as Mario Davidovsky’s best known compositions “Synchronisms”.


At the “Nox II – Commission Works Concert” on October 19, winners of 2013 EMW “Call for Scores” including Howie Kenty (USA), Carlos Andrés Rico (Columbia), Jiang Si-Ting (China) and Kevin Gironnay (France) will perform their world premiere commissioned pieces along with Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, the International Advisor of EMW. We have also received numerous contributions from talented young artists of Chian, France, United States, Holland, Austria, Japan, Koren, Italy, China Hong Kong, China Macao, China Taiwan and selected 22 nominated pieces. These new pieces will be performed at “Creation of Sounds I &II Concert” (Works Selected from Call for Scores) on October 19.


At the “Limit? – Electronic Music Pieces of Emerging Artists in China” concert on October 20, rising composers including BAI Xiaomo from Sichuan Conservatory of Music, LENG Censong from Wuhan Conservatory of Music, YUAN Haoyu from China Conservatory of Music, WANG Ying from Germany and SHAO Qing, LIU Hao and JI Dongyong from Shanghai Conservatory of Music will bring their new creation to the audiences.


At the time of 21st century with Smartphone and iPad sweeping our life, the EMW this year will also focus on various new music interface and gesture technology. Our Artistic Associated Partner, Grame- National Center for Musical Creation led by Director James Giroudon and Technical Director Christophe Lebreton will bring us a variety of innovative instruments and latest technologies including Gestrument, a revolutionary gesture instrument developed by Jesper Nordin; SkinAct, an augmented percussion instrument developed by Michelangelo Lupone; and the latest development of Faust language. Grame and Associated Professor QIN Yi from Music Engineering Department of SHCM will cooperate and present their newest work for SmartFaust App, an application developed for Smartphone.


World-class pianist Wilhem Latchoumia (France) and cellist Arne Deforce (Belgium) will present their marvelous virtuosity at the “New Sounds from Around the World I ” concert on October 21, with compositions of Franck Bedrossian (France), Pierre Jodlowski (France), Raphael Cendo (France), Iannis Xenakiss (Greek) and Hector Parra (Spanish). Compositions of Michelangelo Lupone (Italy), Takayuki RAI (Japan) and DU Yun (USA) will be performed at the “New Sounds from Around the World II ” concerts on October 22. These two concerts emphasize the importance of technique and focus on interpretation of music. Professor Takayuki RAI and Professor Shintaro IMAI from Kunitachi College of Music will also host two spectacular lectures of digital audio and explain their works.


Director Michael Bierylo and Dr. Richard Boulanger from Electronic Production and Design Department of Berklee College of Music and Kari Juusela, Dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division, will bring us five amazing lectures along with their colleagues. The lectures include Csound Language and App Development, EuroRack Modular Synthesizers, Keith McMillen K-Bow- a sensor-bow that can read the performer’s gestures, Resolume and Video Synthesis & Processing. These technologies will be presented at “New Sounds from USA” concert on October 23. Professor Fernando Lopez-Lezcano from CCRMA and Professor John Granzow from University of Michigan will also present their cutting edge composition for 3D Printer along with Professor David Tanenbaum’s extraordinary performance for guitar and electronics.


On October 23, Professor Laurent Pottier (France) will bring us “Lecture and Workshop: Around “Turenas” of John Chowning”. Professor Pottier will demonstrate instruments developed by Max/MSP (FM Synthesis and Spatialization) and lead percussion students to perform his real-time interpretation of John Chowning’s classical piece “Turenas”.


Weiwei Jin, a Chinese-Swedish composer, will bring the audience a multimedia spatial installation “Kaleidoscope”. John Richards, the founder of Dirty Electronics, will host “Workshop: Dirty Electronics – Bed of Nails x Hard Drives” and invite audience to build their own instruments.


The EMW will close with “Phantom San Liu 2.0 – New Works of Contemporary Electronic Music Concert” on 24 evening.


2013 (4th) 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 by master composers including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, and Luciano Berio making their collective Chinese debut. Of course, we are honored to welcome some of our old friends – Jacopo Baboni Shilingi, Hans Tutschku, and other PRISMA composers –will be presenting the world premiere of their newest works.

Following the success of EMW 2011 in hosting China’s first interactive sound installation exhibition, EMW 2013 will work with China Shanghai International Arts Festival 2013 R.A.W (Rising Artists’ Works), Shanghai Concert Hall, and Shanghai Theater Academy to present various installation pieces. German artist Christof Schläger’s installation show “Magic Square” and Dutch artist Edwin van der Heide’s outdoor installation “Pneumatic Sound Field”, are particularly noteworthy.

The 2013 EMW will also feature numerous additional activities, including lectures, seminar of Chinese electronic music education, workshops for Children as well as a 10th-anniversary celebration of the Music Engineering

Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.


2011(3rd) EMW Profile


Taking “Feel Music, Touch Sound” as its theme, the EMW 2011 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 internal seminars 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 installation, electronic music and interactive art, 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 (2nd) EMW Profile


The second EMW 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 EMW in 2006. Altogether, there were five formal concerts and four academic exchange concerts. Prisma, the specially invited group, 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 (1st) EMW Profile


The EMW was 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 EMW, four concerts were held, namely, “Harmonization between Tradition and Modernity”, “From the Composer’s Own Explanation”, “New Generation Concert” and “Multi-media Electronic Music Concert. There were also a series of five workshops including “Composition Technique in Spectral Music”, seven composer seminars including “Discussion on the Electroacoustic Music by Composers” and a round table conference-“Forum on Strategic Development of Electronic music, Science and Technology music 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.