a library of electronic music instruments

Living Archive

smem (swiss museum for electronic music instruments) aims to establish as the worlds first platform for electronic music instruments.

The first base of this project was laid by the collection of Klemens Niklaus Trenkle who for the last decades  collected numerous and valuable synthesizers, organs, keyboards, effects- and studiogear. smem is located in the innovation center of the “BlueFactory” in Fribourg (Switzerland).

It is gradually developping its different activities on an international level while increasing its current collection.

smem is a tax exempted non profit association with around 30 active members and a board of five people, as well as around 200 supporting members.

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smem can count on the generosity of many partners.

Karl Weber (Zurich) was an invaluable support when it came to starting the smem adventure. Besides all the kickstarter backers, some partners and friends helped us to create the Playroom.

Z-Audio provided sound equipment for the Playroom and hardware for the audio workflow. Lots of professionals donated their invaluable time for the entire installation of the Playroom.

Among the manufacturers, we could count on the support of Novation, Focusrite, Erica Synth, Teenage Engineering and Mutable Instruments, division department. Finally, Legowelt, by relaying our Kickstarter campaign on social networks and by agreeing to make the first vinyl of the smem, has been an invaluable support.

The smem would like to thank the City of Fribourg, the State of Fribourg, the Loterie Romande and the Agglomeration of Fribourg, as well as the Ernst Göhner Foundation, for their valuable support.

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To carry out its mission, the smem is looking for logistical and financial partners. Different offers exist to highlight your company or your project in relation with the current and future project of the smem. Do not hesitate to contact us for a customized offer.

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