Unyazi 2005: Electronic Music Symposium and Festival

  • 1 - 4 September
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Festival Director
    Dimitri Voudouris
    dimitrivo [at] absamail [dot] co [dot] za
  • Associate Director
    Christo Doherty
    dohertyc [at] artworks [dot] wits [dot] ac [dot] za
  • Production Manager
    Carmen Jerrard
    CarmenJ [at] worldonline [dot] co [dot] za
  • Symposium Coordinator
    Jürgen Bräuninger
    brauning [at] ukzn [dot] ac [dot] za

NewMusicSA is pleased to present the Unyazi Electronic Music Symposium and Festival 2005, Africa's first electronic music festival and conference. The ground-breaking four-day event aims to promote a dialogue concerning electroacoustic music in the southern hemisphere, between composers, performers, and musicologists from South Africa and the rest of the world. Unyazi 2005 will commence with a conference between overseas and local composers, performers and musicologists; the proceedings of which will be published with the assistance of IPEM (Belgium). The festival aims to measure the need of, and create an awareness of: the significant, economic, and practical role the computer does and can play in music creation, performance, and education. South African musicians will have the opportunity to work with their international counterparts during workshops concerning the practical application of electronics in music. It is time to celebrate electronic music in Africa, and South Africa can play a leading role in doing so. South African society has a rich, multicultural heritage, and we can therefore strive to create electronic music that is uniquely African.

Electronic music categories featured in performances include:

  • Electroacoustic performance — some of which will employ instruments built from junk, hardware, and found objects, and used both as compositional and improvisational tools
  • Laptop and computer music
  • Sound installations
  • Computer-automation of acoustic instruments
  • Microcomputers in live performance, including: "home-made" electronic circuitry, radio, found sound material, and transformed musical instruments
  • Sound poetry
  • Interactive audio-visual work in live performance
  • DJ'ing / VJ'ing

Electronic music and some of it's main categories described in Wikipedia:

The history of electronic music is described in Obsolete's 120 Years Of Electronic Music

The Unyazi 2005 festival was made possible by funding provided by the following generous sponsors:

Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Coceil des arts et des lettres Quebec
Embassy of Mexico in South Africa
Gaudeamus: Deze Nederlandse stichting is een centrum voor eigentijdse muziek
Goethe-Institut
INTEL Corporation
MMINO: South African-Norwegian Education And Music Programme
National Arts Council
Royal Netherlands Embassy
SAMRO Endowment For The National Arts
Sanyo
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - México
Signature Audio
T.O.M.S.
U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
  • Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Coceil des arts et des lettres Quebec-Canada
  • Embassy of Mexico in South Africa
  • Gaudeamus: Deze Nederlandse stichting is een centrum voor eigentijdse muziek
  • Goethe Institut
  • INTEL Corporation
  • MMINO: South African-Norwegian Education And Music Programme
  • National Arts Council
  • Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • SAMRO Endowment For The National Arts
  • Sanyo
  • Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - México
  • Signature Audio
  • TOMS
  • U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Wits School Of Arts

The organisers thank the following collaborators for their kind assistance:

The Drum Café
NOTAM
SoundHouse
Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand
  • The Drum Café
  • NOTAM
  • SoundHouse
  • Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

The organisers are indebted to the institutions that provided composers’ works for the Listening Room: