University of Toronto. Electronic Music Studio

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University of Toronto. Electronic Music Studio

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1959-

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The University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio (UTEMS) was co-founded in May 1959 by Professor Myron Schaeffer and Dr. Arnold Walters, director of the Faculty of Music. Provessor Harvey Olnick was also one of the original faculty members. It was the second electronic music studio in North America (preceded by the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1958) and the first such studio in Canada. It was originally located at 2 Division Street before moving into the basement of the Edward Johnson Building, once it was completed (1964). Users of the studio included music faculty, students, independent scholars, and visiting composers and composition students. In addition to electronic music composition, UTEMS commissioned and invented new instruments and equipment.

Following Schaeffer's death in 1965, Professor Gustav Ciamaga became the director of the studio. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1994, at which point the position passed to Professor Dennis Patrick. Since 2019, UTEMS has been under the direction of Professor Robin Elliott.

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Toronto, Ontario

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Ciamaga, Gustav (1930-2011)

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1963-1994

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Gustav Ciamaga was the director of UTEMS from 1963 until his retirement from the Faculty of Music in 1994.

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Schaeffer, Myron (1908-1965)

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1959-1965

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Myron Schaeffer was one of the founding members of UTEMS in 1959, and was the director of the studio until his death in 1965.

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OTUFM

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Created February 19, 2020. Revised February 24, 2020.

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Michael Rancic, "A nation of tinkerers: how a Canadian university shaped electronic music in North america," Noisey: music by Vice (February 25, 2016).

Myron Schaeffer, "The Electronic Music Studio of the University of Toronto," Journal of Music Theory, Vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 1963): 73-81.

Tyler Greenleaf, "New music: from Canada's first electronic music to today's New Music Festval #tbt", University of Toronto Faculty of Music : 100 years (January 17, 2019).

Dennis Patrick, "UTEMS Tape Library," eContact!, Vol. 10 (March 2009).

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