The EMAMu is the acronym for an informal group founded by Iannis Xenakis in 1966, whose purpose was to promote research and experimentation around the computer music. In truth, the concept of foundation is rather appropriate since the EMAMu never had an institutional consistency, a physical location, but remained within the confines of associations of ideas.

However, the EMAMu was very important for the subsequent developments. In fact, in 1967, Xenakis moved to Bloomington, in the United States, invited by the Indiana University that wanted him as an associate professor. To carry out this task, Xenakis was able to impose the establishment of a center dedicated to research in the field of digital music, of which the University was to assume. Thus was born the Center for Mathematical and Automated Music, which was short-lived because of the war in Vietnam and the subsequent cutting of money funds.

Once back in Europe, in Paris, Xenakis brought forward the first project of the EMAMu making it a reality in the Centre d’Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales (CEMAMu).



Restagno, Enzo (edited by); Xenakis, EDT, Torino 1988.

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