Around the same time as Philips was establishing the first Dutch studio for electronic music, Walter Maas, director of the Gaudeamus foundation for contemporary music, took steps that led to the founding of the Contactorgaan Elektronische Muziek (Electronic music contact organization), or CEM. From the outset, Gaudeamus has played a major role in researching and developing new technological possibilities for composers all over the world.
‘... each sound, each structure is a promise…’ – Gottfried Michael Koenig
Dutch electronic music pioneers
In 1966 Dutch composer Ton Bruynèl wins the Gaudeamus Award with the electronic piece ‘Mobile’.
In 1996, Gaudeamu and Donemus found the Netherlands Electro-Acoustic Repertoire centre. In the years after, Donemus / NEAR released 2 boxes with the electronic music of Dutch composers Jan Boerman and Dick Raaijmakers.
Festivals and international collaborations 1982 – 1996
1982 – 1991
Prize winners of the Concours International de Musique et Art Sonore Electroacoustique de Bourges are programmed annually during the Gaudeamus Music Week.
The Association PEM – Producers Electronic Music (founded in 1970) is revived by Gaudeamus. PEM will be the Dutch Section of the CIME – Confédération Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique.
Festival Modèles Sonores: the early years of electronic music.
Festival BEAST – The acousmatic experience, with the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theater
NAEM: “A research and plan for the establishment and realization of a Dutch Archive for Electronic Music”, by Alcedo Coenen on behalf of Gaudeamus, Donemus, Geneco and Vereniging PEM.
International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music (in collaboration with UNESCO / IMC, NOS, STEIM) with a.o. the Cineac Sonore in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
2002: The Future of the Electric Muse
In 2002 the PEM foundation (Producenten Electronische Muziek) publishes a manifesto pleading for more investment in the future of electronic music in The Netherlands. Gaudeamus is co-author.
Festivals and international collaborations 1997 – 2020
“Klankspeeltuin” (Sound playground) in collaboration with CEM during Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
Festival Terza Prattica (in collaboration with the PEM)
Release of PEM-CD “Dutch electronic music in the year 2000”
2001 – 2002
Prix Ton Bruynèl: programming winners during Gaudeamus Muziekweek
Live Electronic Festival
Henk Heuvelmans, Gordon Mumma, Lin Jinn, Wu Jubei, Michel Waisvisz
Wave Field Synthesis: programming during Gaudeamus Muziekweek of the WFS-equipment i.c.w. the The Game of Life Foundation
International Computer Music Conference i.c.w. HKU – Music & Technology