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There is more than one artist by the name of Simon Emmerson:
1) Simon Emmerson is a Grammy Award-nominated record producer, guitarist and DJ; he is founder of the group Afro Celt Sound System and main organiser of The Imagined Village.
2) Simon Emmerson is an electro-acoustic music composer working mostly with live electronics; since 2004, he has been Professor in Music Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester.

1) Simon Emmerson is a Grammy Award-nominated record producer, guitarist, DJ and founder of the group Afro Celt Sound System. He is also the main organiser of The Imagined Village, a collaborative work from many roots artists. Simon also plays on this album. In 1995 Emmerson was nominated for a Grammy for his production work on Baaba Maal’s album Firin’ in Fouta.
Earlier in his career, under the pseudonym Simon Booth, he was a member of the bands Working Week and Weekend, played guitar on Everything but the Girl’s debut album Eden and produced records for Baaba Maal and Manu Dibango.

2) Simon Emmerson is an electroacoustic music composer working mostly with live electronics. He was born in Wolverhampton, UK, on 15 September 1950. Since November 2004, Emmerson has been Professor in Music Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester, following twenty eight years as Director of the Electroacoustic Music studios at City University, London. His catalogue now spans thirty five years, including commissions for Intermodulation, Singcircle, Option Band, Lontano, Jane Manning, Philip Mead, Jane Chapman amongst many others. He has also completed purely electroacoustic commissions from the IMEB (Bourges) and the GRM (Paris). He was a first prize winner at the Bourges Electroacoustic Awards in 1985 for his work Time Past IV (soprano and tape). He contributed to and edited The Language of Electroacoustic Music in 1986 (still in print) and Music, Electronic Media and Culture (Ashgate, 2000). His book Living Electronic Music was published by Ashgate in 2007. He was founder Secretary of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain) in 1979, and served on the Board of Sonic Arts Network from its inception until 2004. In 2008, he was invited to join the Board of Trustees of its successor organisation ‘Sound and Music’.

Edited by KeithJones on 17 Feb 2012, 00:07

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