art engineering


Pure Electronic / 50 years IEM

Pure Electronic / 50 years IEM



technical director


IEM/KUG, Graz, Austria


Schlossberg Kasematten, Graz, Austria


stage & studio


Official text

Graz in 1965 - a city embarking on new departures in music. One of Europe’s first jazz institutes was founded at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, as it was known back then. The same year saw the foundation of the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, IEM for short, as part of today’s University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
For five decades, the IEM - engaging in an exchange with affiliated institutions the world over in terms of its staff and artistic undertakings - was and continues to be a fascinating laboratory at the cross- and interdisciplinary intersections of art and science, technology and musical practice, electronic music, acoustics, audio engineering, sound, and media art. The IEM celebrates its anniversary in the Schlossberg Kasematten with a series of “Vintage Concerts” and a vast line-up of speakers and vintage electronics.
Legendary and extremely rare electroacoustic pieces from the 1970s to 1990s will be performed true to the original works with the aid of legacy equipment and prominent performers from back in the day. The historical performance practice with tape machines, electronics and absolute pure music with multichannel loudspeaker systems as a sound machine. Or: “Back to the Future” with tape and synthesizer.

See also the official program at ORF musikprotokoll within Steirischer Herbst 2015.