European Cities of Advances Sound (E.C.A.S.) is a proposal by Nuproductions, the organizers behind Numusic Festival in Stavanger, Norway. Its aim is to formalise a network between those cities and organisations that currently support an annual „non profit“ independent new music and sound-arts festival. The intention is to create an opportunity for European artists, producers, music academics, music activists, independent music labels and collectives to meet their EU counterparts and present their work, meet one another and start or intensify artistic collaborations and business co-operation.
With the expansion of new technologies and media, music more than ever trespasses physical and mental borders, going beyond national identity, and rendering the geo-political provenance of music production less and less irrelevant. This non-profit project, organized on the basis of responsible, mutually supportive economic and artistic exchange, aims to encourage innovation and diversity in the electronic arts, the widest possible access to know-how, free choice for the public and the dissemmination and archivation of works through new, fair and ethical broadcast and distribution channels.
A first meeting of the organisations involved in E.C.A.S. takes place during CTM.07. A second meeting will follow at one of the partner-organisations during the summer and will be consolidated by a series of seminars during Numusic festival 2007.
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