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Press Release
August 10 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Hosts National Electro-Acoustic Music Conference
- Twelve Concerts of Electro-Acoustic Music Offered -

Fort Wayne, IN - Sweetwater, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, recently hosted the SEAMUS 2009 National Conference, in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre and Conference Hall.

SEAMUS, which is an acronym for the "Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States," is a non-profit organization of composers, researchers, theorists, performers, and teachers of electro-acoustic music, representing colleges and universities from around the world. "Electro-Acoustic" is a term used to describe music that combines acoustic instruments, voice, dance, video, and other arts and media with computer and electronic technology for its creation and/or performance. Attendees from as far away as South Korea, France, Ireland, and Spain, as well as from Canada and the U.S., gathered to explore recent compositions and developments in the electro-acoustic genre of music.

This is the first time since the annual SEAMUS Conference was established in 1985 that it has taken place outside of an academic setting. The state-of-the-art technology in Sweetwater's 250-seat Performance Theatre, plus Sweetwater's 30-year involvement with music technology, were determining factors for bringing the conference to Fort Wayne.

Sweetwater's Michael Rhoades, a SEAMUS member and the coordinator for the conference, said, "It's really unusual to be able to hear this kind of music outside a large city or university. It draws large crowds in Europe and will soon, I believe, find its American audience, perhaps starting here in Fort Wayne."

Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack said, "Sweetwater was proud to host this important national conference. Our cutting-edge Performance Theatre was built with the hope of attracting unique musical experiences such as the SEAMUS Conference."

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