MOMEM: Frankfurt’s Ambitious New Project to build an EDM Museum

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MOMEM: Frankfurt’s Ambitious New Project to build an EDM Museum

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For many people, EDM is about more than just the music. There’s a style and a culture to it. represents more than just a single genre in the modern industry, but a broad range of sounds and sub-genres. More than that, it’s a part of their lifestyle for many people.  EDM is the dance floor of your local club, its iconic artists like Avicii and Skrillex, and it’s the nostalgia we feel for the classic tunes of Cher or Diana Ross.

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That being said, for better or worse, always feels tied to the present. It’s a constantly changing genre, always pushing the boundaries of what music can do and what technology can do for music. With that in mind, it’s often easy to forget that the genre has been around in one way or another for several decades now, constantly evolving and reinventing itself.
Therefore, the history of EDM is a history that’s still being written and added to, but while the heyday of the genre is far from over, there’s still a lot to look back on. Decades of development have led to the modern genre, reshaping the music industry in its wake.

So… isn’t it about time someone built an EDM museum? Well, the people behind MOMEM certainly think so! MOMEM, or the Museum of Modern Music, is an upcoming project being built in the German city of Frankfurt.

According to their website, “MOMEM will be a place to explore, conserve and relive the historical dimensions and influences of Music… A reactive environment in the heart of Frankfurt. A museum not for visitors but for guests.

Exciting words, but what does that mean for music fans looking to experience this incredible new project? In 2018, the former children’s museum was repurposed as a pop-up trial for MOMEM. Suppose the trial is anything to go by. In that case, we can expect to see a variety of across many styles and iconic artwork and some of the early technology that made it all possible.

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Of course, the new MOMEM has even more to offer. From MOMEM academy, which will be hosting “lectures and workshops” from “well-known DJs, producers, and artists” to seven unique sections addressing various aspects of the style and process of EDM music production.

Technoclub’s Alex Azary and Talla 2XLC’s project is the work and will open in April 2022 with Sven Väth’s It’s Simple To Tell What Saved Us From Hell exhibition, curated by Tobias Rehberger.  According to Azary, Väth and Rehberger “have each, in their way, taken music culture from Frankfurt to the world.”

But why Frankfurt? Germany has long been a home for EDM music, all the way back to the 1960s and ’70s when bands like Tangerine Dream, Guru Guru, and Amon Düül II. During the ’80s, the German market brought us techno music, and by the ’90s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the country became a center for the new wave of Eurodance.

The modern genre owes a lot to these early pioneers, and, therefore, it feels only fitting that Frankfurt be the home for Music’s history.

For anyone looking forward to it, the museum will be opening on the 6th of April 2022. You can donate towards the project here and get your picture onto the ‘infinity disc’, which will be displayed above the entrance to the museum.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our excitement on hold and our fingers crossed for the success of this daring and original project.

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