EMS har köpt in en klon av ett Buchla 100-system som har installerats i Studio 3. Den nya synten är byggd av Jon Nensén och är baserad på det system som Donald Buchla byggde till San Francisco Tape Music Center i mitten av 60-talet. Vårt system har testats av Morton Subotnick som anser att den är likvärdig med det ursprungliga systemet vad gäller både ljud och handhavande. Om du är EMS-användare och vill ha en introduktion till den nya synten går det bra att skicka ett mejl till och boka en tid med någon av våra tekniker.

EMS has acquired a clone of a Buchla 100 modular system, which has been installed in Studio 3. The new system has been constructed by Stockholm-based designer Jon Nensén and is based on the modular system Donald Buchla constructed for the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the mid-sixties. Our system has been tested by Morton Subotnick, who considers its performance equal to the original synth in terms of sound and use. If you are already an EMS user and want an introduction to the new system please send an email to to book an appointment with one of our technicians.

Buchla100 S381 kopia


I juni 2022 hade EMS nöjet att ta emot en instrumentdeposition, en halldorofon. Instrumentdesignern Halldór Úlfarsson arbetade på en prototyp under sitt residens på EMS redan 2013. Under ett års tid kommer det unika instrumentet att finnas tillgängligt för EMS studioanvändare och besökande gästtonsättare. Halldór vill också göra det möjligt för musiker och tonsättare med lämplig bakgrund, men som inte är EMS-användare, att ansöka om ett kortare residens för att utforska instrumentet i EMS studios. Så om du är intresserad av att lära känna halldorofonen är du välkommen att ansöka här (scrolla ner). Urvalet sker löpande men med start i början av september.

In June 2022, EMS had the pleasure of receiving a halldorophone. Instrument designer Halldór Úlfarsson worked on a prototype during a residency at EMS as early as 2013. For a year, the unique instrument will be available to EMS studio users and visiting Guest composers. Halldór would also like to make it possible for musicians and composers with a suitable background and who are not EMS users, to apply for a shorter residence to explore the instrument in EMS studios. So if you are interested in getting to know the halldorophone please apply via the link (scroll down). Applicants are selected continuously but starting in early September.

Se en kort introduktion med Orfeas Moraitis till EMS halldorofon/A short intro by Orfeas Moraitis to the halldorophone at EMS:

Halldorophone EMS ( SHORT) - YouTube


Photo: Mia Hellqvist

EMS welcomes Nils Rougé as an ERASMUS+ intern in June/July.

He is a French sound designer and musician who is currently studying at the Theatre sound department of ENSATT, L'École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtrehe (National School of Theatre Arts and Techniques) in Lyon.

Nils Rougé develops his interest in sound in many ways:
he runs an electronic music project, creates soundtracks for theatre, radio and short films, has studied sound in cinema for two years in a preparatory class, and has played as bassist, guitarist or singer in different bands. 

His work mainly focuses on creating nocturnal atmospheres and abstract inscapes by extensively processing synthetic matters, field recordings, or sounds found on the internet.

Photo by Milo Garcia (@milojohnny3000)

Nils R

In April/May Prof Sylvia Molina is visiting EMS. Since 2001 she has been a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCLM (Cuenca) where she leads the group ‘Fuzzy Gab’ that rescues the Electroacoustic Music Collections of the GME (Legacy of international composers under direction of Gabriel Brnçic) and projects of Human Interfaces and Interactive Installations.

At EMS she will partly work on her own soundwalk project 40 ARK/40 DAYS: “The saved paths will be stitched on each of the sheets. One leaf, one day. A walk, a sound journey. A palimpsest of sounds and narrations that will be built simultaneously between the threads, the writings, the recorded sounds and the interactive ink that will serve as an interface to manage all of this in EMS studio 2: the multichannel studio with sixteen speakers in 360o or dome.

We print the map of the city. We establish the criteria of the thread, of the sound materials, of the narrations and interactions. 40 ARK|40 DAYS is born.
April-May 2022. Author: Sylvia Molina.”

40 days

Reilly Smethurst is an Australian-born musician. He makes
music for terrible, unimagined worlds, featuring custom-made string instruments, custom-tuned synthesisers, and
experimental scales by Heinz Bohlen and Ervin Wilson.

His music can be categorised as microtonal or xenharmonic. 
To listen, please visit Reilly’s YouTube and SoundCloud pages. 

In 2022 he will be a Guest Researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics. During his time in Stockholm, he will be
working at EMS periodically.



Under december 2021 genomfördes en undersökning som riktade sig till alla som varit verksamma på EMS de senaste åren. Undersökningen gjordes av EMS och Musikverket och syftet var att mäta användarnas åsikter om utbud, service, säkerhet och bemötande för att kunna utveckla EMS verksamhet ytterligare.

Undersökningen är nu avslutad och Musikverket och EMS vill tacka alla som deltog. Svaren på enkäten ger värdefull information om hur användare upplever EMS, och resultatet visar att de allra flesta är mycket nöjda vilket är glädjande. 97 % svarar att man rekommenderar EMS till andra tonsättare, vilket är fint kvitto på verksamheten som bedrivs.

En viktig del i undersökningen var att mäta upplevelsen av likabehandling och trygghet. Här ser vi att svaren i princip uteslutande är positiva, men det är givetvis viktigt för oss att analysera orsaken till de svar som inte är det. Vi ser att önskemål om fortbildning inom olika områden är stor, och en hel del förslag och reflektioner kring våra studios har framförts. Pandemin har naturligtvis påverkat förutsättningarna för alla, främst våra utländska gästtonsättare.

EMS och Musikverket kommer nu att arbeta vidare med att utveckla EMS tekniska, sociala och utbildningsmässiga miljö.



In December 2021, a survey was conducted aimed at those active at EMS in recent years. The survey was conducted by EMS and the Swedish Performing Arts Agency and the purpose was to measure users' opinions about supply, service, safety and treatment in order to be able to further develop EMS' activities. 

The survey is now completed and the Swedish Performing Arts Agency and EMS would like to thank everyone who participated. The answers to the survey provide valuable information on how users experience EMS, and the results show that the vast majority are very satisfied, which is gratifying. 97% answer that they would recommend EMS to other composers, which shows great approval of our activities.

An important part of the survey was to measure perceptions of equal treatment and security. Here we see that the answers are in principle exclusively positive, but it is of course important for us to analyze the reason for the answers that are not. We see that there is a great demand for further educational courses in various areas, and a lot of suggestions and reflections about the studios have been made. The pandemic has, of course, affected conditions for everyone, especially our foreign guest composers.

EMS and the Swedish Performing Arts Agency will now continue to work on developing EMS' technical, social and educational environment.