Electronic Music Midwest is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing the highest quality performance of electronic media. This annual festival consists of approximately nine short concerts (about 1 hour in length) over the course of a weekend in Autumn. Our goal is to bring together vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, give them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others.
EMM is the result of a consortium formed in 2002 between Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), Lewis University, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Officially
formed in 2002, this festival was founded by Mike McFerron, Connie Mayfield, and Paul Rudy in 2000 when it was presented at
KCKCC under the name "Kansas City Electronic Music Festival." In 2001, the festival continued at Lewis University under the
title, "Electronic Music at Lewis - 2001."
EMM has always featured an 8-speaker surround diffusion system under the guidance of Ian Corbett. The core of the system are eight Mackie 1521 bi-amped speakers, an EAW/QSC subwoofer system, and either a Soundcraft MH3 mixer (named "EMMily") or a Digico S21 (named "EMMilia"). Many visiting composers comment that EMM is one of smoothest run festivals they have ever attended.
Since its beginning, EMM has programmed over
1000 new electroacoustic compositions. Composers have traveled from around the world to graciously share their music with audiences in the Midwest. However,
EMM is about more than just playing new music. We strive to create an environment conducive to building community interaction. Most concerts are approximately one hour
long, and composers have plenty of time to "talk shop" with each other as well as interact socially with students and audience members.