Founded in 1973 and noted for its importance as Poland's main didactic computer music facility, the Electro-Acoustic Music Studio at the Cracow Academy of Music is the first major center for electronic music to be established in Poland since the opening of the Warsaw Polish Radio Experimental Studio in 1957. By the end of 1973, the initial purchases of mostly analog E.M.S. equipment had defined the Studio's basic technical orientation.
Its main educational objective, set by its director, Jozef Patkowski in 1974, was its use in the teaching of a 2-year course in electronic music composition to students in the Conducting, Composition, and Theory Departments as well as course for Ear Training for all students at the Academy. In 1997 studio opened the advanced course for computer music including education over most advanced computer music programs. Studio facilities were utilized by faculty and invited composers including: Dennis Anderson, Marcos Battistuzzi, Mateusz Bien, Marek Choloniewski, Marcel Chyrzynski, Gloria Coats, Martin Davies, Magdalena Dlugosz, Anna Dudzinska, Hector Fiore, Bartlomiej Gliniak, Piotr Halasa, Eero Hameenniemi, Ryan Ingebritsen, Kerry Kenny, Michail Kirkoff, Krzysztof Knittel, Hanna Kulenty, Hye-Won Lee, Charles Lipp, Enrique Macias, Anna Maciejasz-Kaminska, Mehdi Menjiqi, Mario Arenas Navarrette, Keir Neuringer, Andrea Pensado, Eugeniusz Poplawski, Kazimierz Pyzik, Isidore Rudnick, Jozef Rychlik, Boguslaw Schaeffer, Pekka Siren, Joanna Stepalska, Pawel Szymanski, Ewa Trebacz, Joanna Wnuk-Nazar, Barbara Zawadzka, Anna Zawadzka-Golosz, Lidia Zielinska and Pawel Ziolo. The Studio has also been involved in the production of music for film, theater, tv and radio.
Since 1976, the studio faculty has presented a series of concerts (over 60 to date) which have given an outlet for the performance of the works of excellent composers from Cracow and the world. The following composers and performers have been guests of the Cracow Studio: Kevin Austin, Richard Boulanger, Roman Berger, Lars Gunner Bodin, Krzysztof Czaja, Charles Dodge, Juraj Duris, Lejaren Hiller, Pierre Alain Jaffrennou, Wilfried Jentzsch, Zbigniew Karkowski, Tadeusz Kassatti, Thomas Kessler, Daniel Kientzy, Piotr Kleczkowski, Wlodzimierz Kotonski, Stanislaw Krupowicz, Henryk Kusniak, David Mason, Robin Minard, Yann Orlarey, Mark Polishook, Krzysztof Szlifirski, Daniel Teruggi, Iannis Xenakis, and Peter Zinovieff.Barbara Zawadzka Magdalena Dlugosz Marek Choloniewski Krzysztof Knittel
1989 witnessed a turning point in the history of the Studio when the American Fulbright Foundation began a program at the Cracow Academy of Music. Over the next eight years, five experts in the field of computer music, Dr. Ira Mowitz, Dr. Richard Boulanger, Dr. Cindy McTee, Dr. Rodney Oakes and Dr. Mark Polishook installed a complete computer music system based on the Macintosh computer, and gave a series of lectures, seminars, concerts, and TV and radio programs concerning the history, technology and aesthetics of computer music. The following people and organizations funded the acquisition of additional equipment: Berklee College of Music, Stendal Foundation, Dr Richard Boulanger, David Mason, Mark of the Unicorn, Shareware Music Machine, Coda Music Technology. In 1991 studio initiated and organized in collaboration with the Warsaw Academy of Music annual Courses for Computer Music as an additional educational project: Cracow 1991, Warsaw 1992, Katowice 1993, Warsaw 1994.Mateusz Bien Michal Pawelek Marcin Strzelecki Marcin Paczkowski
Between July 3 - 7, 2000 studio was the cooperator of
Acanthes workshops realized by IRCAM/Paris - the join-project
between 3 European Culture Capitols: Cracow, Helsinki and Avignion
(host city of Acanthes workshops). Since 2000 Studio has been
arranging series of .Audio Art. lectures and seminars. A number of
young students at the electronic music studio in Cracow Academy have
been invited to work in renown European and American computer music
In 2001 Multimedia Studio was founded opening new significant structure of research, education and artistic activity including video, Internet, audiovisual and experimental activity.
In 2003 Studio in its 30th anniversary was a part of European project Ensemble Spiel coordinated by Music für heute in Hannover.
In 2004/2005 the new Interactive Multimedia Laboratory extended the current studio research and fascilities.
In May 2005 SME initiated the procedure of establish The
Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME),
of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music in
Bourges (CIME) supported by UNESCO. September 22, 2005 during
General Assembly of CIME in Lisboa Poland became the full member of
International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music.
In 2006 SME became a cooperator of European Course for Musical Composition and Technologies, project supervised by IRCAM in Paris as a part of the Leonardo da Vinci program supported by European Comission. The project is a cooperation between 8 selected European centres and is dedicated for new standard in education joining composition with new technologies.
In December 2006 SME coordinated the Polish-American Festival for Electroacoustic Music in Krakow, project initiated and supervised by Ben Boretz and Dorota Czerner, together with the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music, supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding.
In 2007 SME together with PSeME coordinates the 50th
Anniversary of Polish electroacoustic music.
SME cooperates with many electronic music and intermedia centers all over the world.
Since 2009 SME cooperates with new Recording Studio coordinated by Mateusz Kobialka and Kamil Madon. Al recodings are available at Concerts tab.
On March 26, 2011 in a concert of ElektroNova Orchestra Laptop Orchestra (portable computer is used as a equivalent of traditional acoustic instrument, with volume and frequence band limit) performed collaborative composition GlobaMix 1998/2011. Laptop as acoustic instrument and element of space sound installation. Orchestra ElektroNova became a part of audio art activity by time and space extension.
In February 2012 GrupLab collective started a regular activity exploring selected technologies of audio art, presenting result of their experiments in form of public presentations. On February 2012 first concert of Oscilator Ensemble using self-built simple electronic devices was arranged. Later a regular activity every month on 27th was initiatied as a immenent part of Cage Year, finnied by Jon Cage (Man, Work, Paradox) international conference (16-18.10.2012).
In 2013 GrupLab performed series of concerts on the 100th Anniversary of Noise Art by Luigi Russolo Laptop Ensemble - February 26, Noise Orchestra - March 26, Vibrator Ensemble - April 26, Vibrating intonarumor - May 26, Allaloa by Adam Walaciński - June 26, Formula by Royji Ikeda - July 26, C.Debussy and W.Lutoslawski - August 26, Orchestra of Disabled Instruments - September 26 and Failed Concert - October 26. All concert was a part of a collaboration betweeb Studio of Electroacoustic Music and Polish Society of Eletroacoustic Music. Autumn conference was arranged about Resonance phenomena, acoustic, cultural ... (10-12.10.2013).
Since Febraury 26 till September 26, 2014 every month (and later also October 26) eight Nishe concerts were realized as a unique opening of unknown space under audiotorium platform. Alternative and exprimental activity by Nisha conference in October and Audio Art Festival in November. New initiative of GrupLab meetings every week in 2015 was a regular impro-session seires called Plejrek, also concerts in Solvay as well as at the Bunkier Sztuki and Kawiarnia Naukowa.
After a series of events called "Concert without audience" (last one on May 13, 2015 at 4.33 A.M.) the new series reNew was initiated with focus on motionimmobility/kineza/tactile closed by conference Audiokineza - sound space kinetics (13-15.10.2016).
In 2017 variable ensembles performed impro-sessions Plejrek in Krakow and abroad: in Lviv, part of Vox Electronica festival (3.04.2017), and in Kiev, part of International Workshops of Electroacoustic Music (9.04.2017).
Since 2012 Studio has arranged annual conferences in October:1. paradoxal John Cage - Man - Work, Paradox (16-18.10.2012)