Late faculty composer Merrill Ellis changed the face and future of music studies at UNT in 1963 when he established the Electronic Music Center, one of the first electronic music studios in the nation.

In the six decades since its founding, the center, now renamed the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, has produced countless hours of performance-based research and gained a world-renowned reputation. Today, CEMI's breadth of research and artistic work from faculty and students spans disciplines from fixed-media computer music to interactive performance and mixed reality.

Now in its 60th year, CEMI is celebrating its trailblazing legacy while continuing to explore emerging possibilities in music and arts technologies.

CEMI's contributions to experimental music and intermedia have been recognized around the world. From hosting internationally lauded guest artists and researchers to staging music conferences and festivals, UNT has nurtured important scholarly discussions and performances to advance the disciplines.

"CEMI has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of experimental music and intermedia," says Panayiotis Kokoras, who has served as the center's director since 2016.