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Minutes and papers of the Scottish Electroacoustic Music Association (SEMAS)

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1623
Identifier: Coll-1963

Scope and Contents

This fonds consist of the records of the Scottish Electroacoustic Music Association (SEMAS), including minutes, memorandum and articles of association, correspondence, and financial and legal documents:

  1. Minutes and supporting documents for the meetings taking place on 23 October 1987, 10 December 1987, 15 February 1988, 7 March 1988, 26 April 1988, 24 June 1988, 6 October 1988, 24 February 1993, 19 April 1993, and 14 February 1996. Supporting documents include a memorandum and articles of association, prospectus detailing the association's aims and background, and a paper entitled "The Applications of technology with the National Curriculum for Music" (a paper presented to the National Curriculum Working Group for Music by the Members of the Education Sub-Committee of Sonic Arts Network).
  2. Financial documents covering 1988 to 1996, including letters from solicitors regarding the association's incorporation, correspondence regarding equipment purchase and payment, statement of intromissions for period 1 April 1993 to 31 March 1994 invoices, insurance-related documents, and a report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 1996.


  • Creation: 1987-1996


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Biographical / Historical

The Scottish Electroacoustic Music Association, or "SEMAS", was founded after a meeting of professionals in the field of electro-acoustic music and concert promotion was held in the University of Glasgow in October 1987. There, it was agreed that the opportunities to present electro-acoustic music in Scotland was severely limited by the unavailability of suitable equipment. SEMAS's aims was to assist orchestras, chamber groups, opera companies, music theatre groups, dance companies, theatre groups, individual performers, arts centres and art galleries in the technical presentation of artistic works involving electro-acoustic music. Its founding directors were Dr. Stephen Arnold, Dr. Janet Beat, Mr. John Kennedy, Mr. Peter Nelson, Ms. Donna McDonald, and Mr. William Sweeney.

While the first and principal activity of SEMAS was to provide a pool of equipment and expertise for the presentation of eletronic and electro-acoustic music in Scotland, it had other functions of considerable importance such as promoting the dissemination of information pertaining to electro-acoustic msuic by means of lectures, seminars, conferences and short courses; assisting concert pomoters in the planning of effective programmes incorporating electro-acoustic music; and seeking ways of actively encouraging more composers working in Scotland to try their hand at electro-acoutsic works. SEMAS also provided a natural point of contact between the National Studio on the South Bank and those working in the field of EAM in Scotland.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in April 2019. Accession No. Sc-Acc-2019-0048.

Processing Information

Catalogued in April 2024 by Aline Brodin.

Minutes and papers of the Scottish Electroacoustic Music Association (SEMAS), 1987-1996
Aline Brodin
April 2024
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