Posted Apr 28th, 2015 (11:00 am) by Addie Provost

Electronic music lovers everywhere are rejoicing after rumors have been confirmed of a new museum in the works in Europe. The Museum of Modern Electronic Music (MOMEM) is the brain child of German DJ Talla 2XLC and is set to open in Frankfurt in 2017. However, it appears that MOMEM won't be a museum...at least not in the classical sense.

Museums are essentially retrospective in nature. It is their function to chronicle, preserve and display important elements of our past, and while the electronic scene certainly has a rich history worth revisiting, MOMEM intends to transcend the traditional museum format by being as forward looking as possible.

Yes, there will be exhibits showcasing the people, places and technology that contributed to the development of the electronic genre. Original hardware treasures like the 303, 808, 909 as well as classic synthesizers like Moog, Arp, Jupiter and so on will be on display as well as software based production technology like Ableton, Native Instruments, etc. There will also be special, changing exhibits that focus on different cultural eras such as the pioneering producer scene in Detroit and the history of Love Parade. There will even be exhibits that demonstrate electronic music's influence on fashion, photography, video, graphic design, art and technology. But all of this will only be a portion of what MOMEM intends to offer.

The creators of MOMEM have made it abundantly clear that being present in the here and now of the electronic scene, as well as helping to shape the future, is of the utmost importance. Visitors to the museum can expect a variety of unique offerings such as lectures, readings, panels, movie screenings and club events. On top of that, there will also be an option to enroll in MOMEM Academy which will host seminars and workshops. National and international DJs and producers who want to pass on their knowledge to the next generation will be in attendance on a weekly basis, which means that there will be plenty of opportunities for electronic music makers to learn and be inspired.

Due to the interactive nature of MOMEM, we predict that the museum will be an integral part of the electronic community, a breeding ground for innovation, and an epicenter for like minded musicians to meet and collaborate. Impressively, MOMEM is being entirely self-funded by DJ Talla, the city of Frankfurt and contributions from the electronic community. Visit the MOMEM Facebook page to learn more and find out how to get involved.

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