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The International Documentation of Electroacoustic Music
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The “International Documentation of Electroacoustic Music” includes (as of August 2019):


Internet presence:

For further general information on the organization of the data base, see "FileMaker" (sorry, only in German)
For an introduction to EMDoku1, please see presentation paper (author: Folkmar Hein) given at the CIM14 conference in Berlin: EMDoku_CIM14.pdf.

The Studio List

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contains information on 550 studios, including the production list, information concerning resources (hardware, software, teaching, personnel, etc.), and a short history. The list also includes studios which are no longer in operation, but are of historical significance. For some studios there is no detailed information, not even concerning works produced which were produced there. The reasons for this can be purely pedagogical function, recent creation of the studio, information which is not — or no longer — available

Here you can find a static, not up-to-date studio list which is classified according to country: (Studios-L.html)

The studio names are given both in official form and as an abbreviation.

The FileMaker studio database is not completely up-to-date (currently 376 studios). There you can find:

The List of Works (updated!)

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The EMDoku List of Works contains 51.944 works composed between 1901 and 2020 from 11.693 composers.   
These works are categorized as “electroacoustic music” within the domain of “serious music” (The German GEMA calls this “E-Musik”). The “serious” attribute is not always clear and cannot always be verified for individual cases.


“Electroacoustic music” (EM) is generally defined as “music for at least one loudspeaker or transducer” or “music for more than one loudspeaker”.
(Computer music which creates scores and does not generate sound is not necessarily destined for performance with loudspeakers; such is the case for the “art” category as “score” as exemplified by a few works by Xenakis).

At least one person is responsible for the performance of electroacoustic music (tonmeister, mixing engineer, etc.).


The term “electroacoustic music” (EM) refers to “Category”/“Type”/“Function”, also with some "aesthetically" or historic items:

The EMDoku use special shortcuts for categories (selection):

AV Audiovisuell / Video   P Performance
B modern dance, ballet   R Radioart
C "Concert" ≈ fixed media, acousmatic   SA SoundArt, soundinstallation
F Film   Sn Backgroundmusic, exhibitionmusic
I Intermedia   Th Theatre
MTh Musictheatre   TV Television
O Opera   / or "¶" Multicode allowed

Category/Type/Function can be expanded with the abbreviations + and * (shown here with the example C ≈ Concert):

C "Concert": Music for loudspeaker from tape or other media (CD, DVD, hard disk, computer with audio interface, etc.) ,"fixed media" ["f"]
In general, performance requires at least one person at the mixing desk (mixing engineer, sound director).
C+ Music for loudspeaker for tape or other media in addition to one or more musical instruments.
Performance requires at least two people: sound director/engineer and performer/musician.
C* Music for loudspeaker with live-electronics and/or electronic (or electrified) instrument with live-electronics.
Performance requires at least two people: sound director/engineer and performer/musician. Sometimes the sound director and performer are the same.
C+* Music for loudspeaker from fixed media plus musical instrument(s) and performer plus live-electronics.
Performance requires generally two people: a sound director/engineer at the mixing desk, a sound designer at a computer, and at least one performer.

Since 1983 there have been an increasing number of works that can be classified as sound art [“SA”], whereby there is generally no one required for the performance.
The category “Performance” [“P”] is relatively new and usually requires one sound designer / sound director and one performer. Often appear the "Composer-Performer".



The HTML List of Works with 19 fields imported from EMDoku1:

Example 1
search new castalie
search old castalie
Example 2
search new Prometeo
search old Prometeo
1. * SN (Serial Number) 26233 12069
2. * First name / Surname Gilles, Gobeil Luigi, Nono
3. * Title castalie Prometeo - Tragedia dell'ascolto; per solisti vocali e strumentali, coro misto, 4 gruppi strumentali e live electronics
4. * Year 2008 1981-85
5. * Type (Genre / Function -
see "Abbreviations")
C C+* [live-elec, 22 perf, 2 groups]
6. Instrumentation -
see Ins.-Abbreviations
  2 S, 2 A, T, 2 Sp, ch, b-fl, db-cl, trbn, 10 mus, ens, 2 conductor.
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Speaker, flute, clarinet, trombone, musician, performer, ensemble, choir
7. Duration mm:ss 10:35 ≈ 133
8. Tracks / Loudspeaker / Channel 8+8+8/ WFS / 5 12
9. Label (Label-token + number)  ed. RZ 3006 / IMED 15134 EMI 7243 5 55209 2/ WWE 2SACD 20605 col legno
10. Studio PS C.
TU Berlin
Experimentalstudio für Akustische Kunst Freiburg,
CSC Padova,
LIMB Venezia
11. Comments Akusmonium + Klangdom + WFS Massimo Cacciari (Text); 2 versions.
12. Commission Inventionen 2008 Biennale di Venezia
13. Premiere Date 31.7.2008 25.9.1984
14. Premiere Location TU Berlin Wellenfeld La Biennale di Venezia, Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Stabilimento Ansaldo, Milano
15. Prize(s) Mention Bourges 2009, catégorie œuvre d'esthétique à programme
1. Prize at „Black & White“ Porto (Portugal)
16. Publisher / Edition Ricordi 133786
17. TUlib (available at TU-Archiv);
Boolean Operator
x x
18. Performed at Inventionen 2008 2000
19. URL StudComp


These are the fields which are shown for the “short” version; otherwise all 19 data fields would be shown.

The FileMaker data base EMDoku1 includes other metadata fields and mass-data fields, as well as innumerable administrative and calculation fields (in each layout, only certain fields are visible):

Further (some still planned) information on archiving and documentation:


A list of the abbreviations can be found in "Abbreviations" / Instruments-Abbreviations
These abbreviations stem from standard English-language abbreviations and are partly derived from the “Electronic Music Catalog” by Hug Davies (see below):

Abbreviations for

Statistics (as of 2019)

For other & updated statistics visit 

Instrumentation Statistics: standardized instrument families in 9.116 works, at least 20 works

see also "Instrument-Statistik.html":

Yearly statistics ≈ 43.000 of a total of 46.000 works
2.700 works do not have information on dates (years);
because of relatively low levels of activity between 1901 and 1949, the statistics are limited to the years 1950-2019:


List of labels

All the list of works in available media (vinyl, CD, DVD, etc, up to the end of 2015) is organized in tables within three frames.:

The relatively large table in the main frame contains a very large number of works in a single file, so that searches for labels, names, or titles can be comfortably carried out using the user's web browser tools.


On the Beginnings of the Documentation / Sources

This collection of data on electroacoustic music "EMDoku" has developed over a number of years:g:


Chronology & Credits:

(please find more infos in the german version):

The historical part of the EMDoku (from the 1940s through the 1980s) is nearly completely cataloged. This includes individual composers whom have already been objects of research, as well as composers who have added to the lists themselves.

The EMDoku is relatively complete up to the year 2009. After this date, the data is — logically — not as complete. Through the positive response from users and with the help of further publications, it will hopefully be continually improved, expanded, and completed.
Thank you for your support!

For any questions, suggestions, or comments, please write an email to: info at emdoku dot de


Last modification 2020-05-15 (FH),
Brian Smith, English translation July 2016