Conference Details Released for November's Fourth Annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference

The National Music Centre in Calgary, the home of Studio Bell, will host the fourth annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) from Nov. 13-17, 2019. This industry gathering for music producers, DJs, industry professionals, and fans of electronic music attracts delegates from dozens of cities from across Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere around the world. AEMCON’s mission is to elevate Western Canada’s electronic music scene through education, networking, and collaboration.

Among those joining the 2019 AEMCON line-up will be Australian producer Slynk, Symmetry Recordings founder and Drum & Bass innovator Break, German dance legend Paul Van Dyk, co-founder and music director of Bass Coast Festival Andrea Graham [The Librarian], Scottish producer and Anjunabeats favourite Grum, live experiential electronic music performer Korea Town Acid, Brainfeeder producer and innovative sound designer Daedelus, and over 120 more speakers and artists.

The full lineup of featured speakers and artists can be found HERE.

The conference will also feature presentations and demos from notable music organizations such as: Association for Electronic Music, Knowledge Magazine, Canadian Music Incubator, F.A.C.T.O.R, SOCAN, Indigenous Resilience in Music, Red Bull, AKAI, Pioneer DJ, Roland, Universal Audio, and more.

To view the full conference schedule, go HERE.

Some of the conference highlights include:

Music Industry Contracts - What You Need to Know Before You Sign That Deal - Vel Omazic, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Canada’s Music Incubator, will lead a moderated conversation about music industry contracts with Mark Quail, an entertainment, media and digital economy lawyer. They’ll help you understand and confidently navigate the murky world of music law.

The Best and Worst of Being an Agent in 2019 - In this panel, we've assembled some of Canada's top electronic music agents to discuss all things good and bad in the industry.

NMC:ON Buchla Masterclass with Suzanne Ciani - Dubbed the “Diva of the Diode,” Suzanne Ciani is an electronic sound designer and composer known for her decades-long relationship with, and mastery of, the Buchla 200e synthesizer and its predecessor, the Buchla 200. Ciani will be in attendance to deliver a demonstration and lecture on the history of the instrument.

Dance Music as an LGBTQ Art Form - an expression of intersectionality and the creation of queer safe spaces within the community spanning back to the 1980s until now across Canada

In Conversation with David Ogilvie - Universal Audio & HHB Canada is proud to present an exclusive session with one of Canada's most talented music producers: Dave 'The Rave' Ogilvie. Ogilvie first made his mark as a key member of the pioneering Canadian industrial group Skinny Puppy and will discuss his creative process, his studio set-up, and the habits he's cultivated over his long and fascinating career.

The DIY Feminist Resistance - These organizers will discuss their activism and art, and how a Do-It-Yourself approach has allowed them to create both physical and metaphorical space for women and non-binary artists in a white-hetero-male dominated industry.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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