ADE Introduces MoMI - the Museum of Modern Instruments
Friday, 11 October 2019
As a running theme this year, dissecting right through both the conference and club/performance events, ADE is celebrating 100 years of electronic instruments. In respect to this milestone, we have created a pop-up museum where you will find some of the most important and recognizable instruments in music history.
Our theme 100 Years of Electronic Music Instruments includes a special theremin program and performance, modular nights and electronic music icons on stage as performers and speakers. And as an extra special cherry on the cake, to pay homage to the pioneers of electronic music and to highlight the incredible rise and evolution of electronic instruments, ADE invited gearhead extraordinaire and artist Arp Frique (Niels Nieuborg) to curate MoMI: our miniature Museum of Modern Instruments.
Starting with the Theremin, ending with the 2019 cutting edge, in this pop-up museum you will find some of the most important and recognizable instruments in music history, a few overlooked classics and a couple of rare items, in a tour through the evolution of electronic musical instruments. There’ll be the analog, modular and digital synthesizers that shaped the sound of electronic music and far beyond, an illustration of the evolution of the drum machine, samplers, effects, a Stockhausen-style setup, the introduction of the computer into the way we make music and more. All this presented with the kind of in-depth background information real gear enthusiasts will appreciate.
Look out for classics like the Roland TR-808, obscure gems like the Farfisa Soundmaker, pioneering inventions like the Thereminvox, game-changers like the Commodore 64 and the actual instruments used on iconic tracks like New Order’s very own 1978 Arp Quadra.
Arp Frique: “I couldn't be more excited to be able to present this museum together with ADE. I have been digging deep into all sorts of electronic instruments for a while now and have a record coming out totally focused on analog synths and rhythm boxes, so this is definitely the right year for me to do this. The joy of putting together all these amazing machines in one room /space/time, and of researching the stories behind these instruments made me an even bigger gearhead than I was before. I wish I could just live in this museum for a while.”
MoMI opens with a special performance by Mono-Poly on a Stockhausen-style setup with tone generators and other rare early electronic instruments on ADE Wednesday at 7 PM at De Brakke Grond, and will be open until Saturday night.
Opening hours: Wednesday, October 16th from 7 PM till 8.30 PM (Opening event) Thursday, October 17th from 10 AM till 11 PM Friday, October 18th from 10 AM till 11 PM Saturday, October 19th from 10 AM till 8 PM