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|Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 3:38 pm Post subject:
The Alfa Centauri EM Debate - March 13, 2004
|Hello beyond_EM readers
I would like to inform you about the big EM (Electronic Music) debate that
Alfa Centauri is organising on march 13 next year.
Objective of this debate is to find out current directions in electronic
music and expectations of fans, artists, producers, visitors of EM events,
record industry and all others involved. And, of course, this should not
only be a discussion but foremost a plan of measures and actions to help and
support electronic music where it is required (that is what Alfa Centauri is
If you are not interested in this discussion nor want to visit or
participate in this debate, ignore the rest of this message, we apologise
for taking your time.
You, list-member, musician, record label owner, producer, fan, or whatever
makes you interested in EM must be noticing that EM-times
Some people say that electronic music is dying, some people say Electronic
Music has never lived as ever before.
There are so many issues, so many discussions, and a lot of these
discussions have been taken place on this list and in magazines, but we feel
it never has resulted in straight actions. And of course, each person you
ask, has a different opinion.
The first question to answer is what to define as electronic music, is it
berlin-school sequenced music, is it ambient/floating/cosmic music, does it
include the new music genres such as electronika, trance, techno and what
about new age / relaxation music? Or is it all ? And if yes, why is it that
contemporary music has a huge fanbase and EM does not.
Therefore the primary question is whether EM has a future? And if yes, how
can we make sure to secure that future (if we want to...): do we need more
events? what should artists do to help EM, or what do we expect from record
labels or retailers. Could EM live without a magazine (for instance the KLEM
magazine in Holland will stop as of January, will this harm the EM market or
not) or can we support the music by working through new information
channels/resources only ?
No ! Please don't try to answer these questions yet, at least: not on this
As you know, Alfa Centauri and Quantum Productions have the objective to
support and promote Electronic Music and therefore is developing new ideas
for this support and promotion. But we need to do market research and need
your opinion to reach a high level of effectiveness in our initiatives. It
goes without saying that we do have a commercial interest in this topic, but
if you like EM and if you expect the EM market to have a future, you should
also give us a helping hand to do the right things right !
Therefore we are preparing a special event on march 13, 2004 for EM
artists, fans, retailers, record labels and more. During that event we will
have an informal debate with some prominent guests and autorities in EM. And
of course we will have live electronic music, there will be drinks etc and
our aim is to have a friendly and relaxed meeting and try to involve as much
as possible people with their opinion. So no formal hour-taking debates, we
will take care of a working format.
So, if you do have an opinion on this topic, and you want to participate in
the debate, or you are just an EM fan that wants to know what is happening
in EM, you are kindly invited to our event. If you feel you are an autority
in EM and we have not personally invited you yet, make sure to let us know !
Admittance for the event will be FREE.
Date: saturday march 13, 2004.
Venue: Theater Graaf Wichman, Huizen, Nethelands (the same venue that we
will use for the 10th alfa centauri EM festival in may).
If you are interested to join or visit, send us a mail at
email@example.com . You can also subscribe our free biweekly
newsletter to get all the latest information about this (and all other)
events, by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest,
Eric Snelders / Alfa Centauri / Quantum Productions
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