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A Nation of Tinkerers: How a Canadian University Shaped Electronic Music in North America

A Nation of Tinkerers: How a Canadian University Shaped Electronic Music in North America

February 29, 2016
National

"Deep beneath the University of Toronto's Edward Johnson Building, past darkened theatres, and people quietly perched on stairwells, through the echoing sonatas emanating from practice rooms, is the school's Electronic Music Studio. The computers that line its walls today pale in comparison to the imposing modular synthesizers that once stood in their place, which have all since been given away to various collectors and museums.

Despite slowed enrollment, the studio (UTEMS for short) is still active, with students harboring dreams of becoming DJs, video game soundtrack composers, and more. There's very little evidence at all that this ordinary-looking room was the first space of its kind in Canada, and a major force in the development of electronic music throughout the world..."

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