Call: CEMC/EMSAN Day 2009


CEMC/EMSAN Day Colloquium
28 octobre 2009, MusicAcoustica Festival, Beijing

EMSAN – International Network of Electroacoustic Music Studies in East Asia

For the second consecutive year, an EMSAN colloquium will be organised in collaboration with CEMC and the Musicacoustica festival.
This year, the EMSAN/CEMC Day will revolve around two themes:

Theme 1
Visions of the Future of Electroacoustic Music in Asia

How will Electroacoustic Music evolve in Asia?
Which trends, which hopes, which efforts are carried out by composers, performers, educators and institutions?
How is the future different from what can be expected in other parts of the world?
How does the strong and ancient cultural past of Asia plays a role in shaping the future?

The presentations will discuss practical, theoretical or esthetical aspects of these visions of the future. They will later be published in the online Proceedings of the EMSAN/CEMC Day.

Theme 2
Panel discussion: Projects of Publications on Electroacoustic Music in Asia

EMSAN has been asked to supervise two publication projects. The first will be a book published in English in the United States by Electronic Music Foundation. The second will be an issue of a professional journal and will also be in English.

Comprehensive texts on the growth and the trends of Electroacoustic Music in Asia would be extremely important: although the development of this music in other parts of the world has been rather well documented (namely Europe and North America), little has been written on Asian Electroacoustic Music.

This book will gather chapters relative to each participant country. Two themes are envisioned: 1) An historical account of the development of Electroacoustic Music in each country of region, and 2) questions of esthetics, musical thought and musical techniques relevant to each country or region. The chapters will be published in English but could also be included in publications in their original languages. If necessary, they could be written in their original language before being provided to Electronic Music Foundation in English.

Each country or region will have a correspondant who will be responsible for the local contributions. It is expected that the editorial structure will be defined during the meeting. The book is expected to appear in 2012 in the EMS Media book series of Electronic Music Foundation (New York).

The contributions for the professional journal will be of a different nature. The will focus on particular issues such as musical works, composers or specific musical trends. Care will be taken to balance the contributions from the different countries and regions.


The EMSAN/CEMC Day colloquium will take place during the Musicacoustica Festival week (26-30 Octobre 2009), Central Conservatory, Beijing, China.

Participation is free. To present a paper, please send a short abstract to: (in English)
Also, send a photo and your short bio to:

Please send us your proposal before Septembre 20  so that we can include it in the Festival brochure. Thank you.

For information on the Musicacoustica Festival, please write to:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Beijing for the Festival and the EMSAN/CEMC Day colloquium.

ZHANG Xiaofu 张小夫 and Marc BATTIER


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