On the 18th of January 2016 legendary Danish avant-garde composer Else Marie Pade died. EMP was born in 1924 and was an active part in the Danish resistance movement during WW2. She got arrested by Gestapo in 1944 and was imprisoned, but survived the war. At the end of the 50’s she began pioneering electronic music and was a student of Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 60’s. You’ll find a full description of her life at Wikipedia.

In 2003 she was rediscovered by a new generation of young laptop composers. Martin Hall collaborated with EMP in 2007 and she’s featured on both his Catalogue and Hospital Cafeterias albums. You can hear one of their works together on the track “P.O.” here:



Very surprisingly the video caused quite a media stir at the time of its release – as an example YouTube banned the recording due to its “offensive content” (quite thought-provoking since current videos with executions of civilians as well as sexist pop-standards caused no censorship).

Martin Hall is featured in recent DR and GAFFA articles about her: