(Not that we’re counting or anything…)

This year’s NEEMFest (NorthEast Electro-Music Festival) is happening September 6-8, 2019 in Homer, NY. Now in its 15th year, the performance-centric gathering features three full days of innovative electronic music concerts, workshops, seminars, demonstrations, video artists, industry-name interviews, and a mini-swap meet.

There will also be a hands-on “Synthesizer Petting Zoo,” with various rare and odd synthesizers, drum machines, and other pieces of electronic music gear you hadn’t known existed. (Please bring your own headphones for the Petting Zoo, otherwise a community set of headphones will be made available; iPhone/iPod headsets work well.)

NEEMFest 2019 will once again take place at The Center for the Arts of Homer, in Homer, New York.

Click HERE for a quick Google Maps GPS link/address for directions to the Center.

Curious about the festival? Have a look at photos from the 2018 festival here.

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Announcing NEEMFest 2019

NEEMFest 2019 continues the Electro-Music annual festival tradition, now in its 15th year. The festival features musicians and video artists who use electronic musical instruments along with hardware and software tools to create a performance-centric event. Along with three full days of electronic music concerts there will be workshops, seminars, demonstrations and the ever-popular “Synthesizer Petting Zoo,” an opportunity for people of all ages to have a hands-on experience with synthesizers, drum machines and other types of electronic music gear.

Curious about the festival? Have a look at photo’s from the 2018 festival here.

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Broadcasting live on RadioSpiral and Electro-music.com!

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If you can’t attend in person, RadioSpiral and Electro-Music.com can bring you the next best thing via live broadcasts throughout the entire festival.
Go to http://radiospiral.net for details.

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If you’d rather listen via Electro-Music.com,
you can tune in here:

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Where is the event held?

At The Homer Center for the Arts in Homer, NY USA

Is this event “Pay to Play?”

Rather than viewing NEEMFest as a “pay to play” event, look at it as helping to make the festival happen (paying for the venue primarily); look at it as paying to see 58 other performances and/or seminars. Even the folks who organize this event pay to attend and no one sees a penny in their pockets. Quite the contrary, actually!

A closer analogy than “pay to play” is the fee one pays to attend trade events such as AES and NAMM — the artist event fee here is the equivalent of the exhibitor fee at those shows, and the non-performer fee is like tradeshow spectators who pay less, just for the privilege of walking around.

Connecting to the PA systems

Your final outputs can be stereo or mono and should be either 1/4″ inch TR (direct boxes are provided) or XLR. If more than one performer is on stage, typically a single stereo feed is provided from their on stage mixer (but this is not a requirement.)

Video Resolution for VIdeo Artists:

If you’re bringing prepared or live-production video for your set, and you’re wondering what resolution to use? Simple Rule of Thumb: crap in, crap out.
But don’t stress about it; if you can play it on your computer and it looks okay? Then we can project it on the screen, and it will look okay. But also as a rule of thumb, higher resolution is better.

Better, more science-y, precise lingo jargon is as follows:
True high resolution video for NEEM use would be either 720p (1280×720) or 1080p (1920×1080) resolution; which are close to the theatric 16:9 aspect ratio of our screens.
Actually, 1080p is overkill, since we are using projectors, and not using LED screens.
In truth, 360p and 480p are also great. Most people can’t tell the difference when projectors are used.

Frame rate during playback of up to 29.997 or 30 frame per second; you’ll probably have source video closer to 12 to 15 fps, which is also okay.
Older video sources that have the 4:3 aspect ratio (like TV screens from before the 1990s) will show black on the sides of the image, unless you edit the video in advance to fill that space somehow.

Any video editing should be done in advance, unless you’ve brought in your very own video artist to perform along with you during your set. If you’ve brought along a prepared video to display during your performance, please provide it on a standard USB stick, and your file will be copied off of the stick for playback (DO NOT play back directly from the stick—don’t ask questions, just nod your head—trust us on this).

But seriously? Stop stressing about it. Focus on your music performance.

The preferred file formats for playback should be any of these: .AVI, .MOV, .MP4
Chances are we can play back anything, but those formats are more likely to play without a hitch.

Need more info? Check out this web site for more info and examples.

How are performance Slots Allocated:

There are a grand total of 59 available 30 minute slots. 21 on Friday and Saturday starting at 11am and running to midnight. 17 on Sunday, also starting at 11am and running to 10pm. Every attendee paying at the performing atteendee level is entitled to a single 30 minute slot. You get to choose you first, second and third most preferrable performance time and we try hard to accommodate everyones choices, but where there ar conflicts, we try out best to make fair choices. Saturday after dinner is the most popular time, so that is the time where there is the most contention. Those slots can be solo or for a group. Performing attendees may also request collaboration slots. This is done by contacting us at “neemfest at nemfest dot org” (trying to keep the spammers guessing here…) once the performer has paid the fee. These are allocated based on several criterion: inclusivness, connection to a seminar, tradition and the order in which the request is recieved. Every attempt will be made to accomodate requested collaboration slots, but the time slot will be at the discretion of the NEEMFest organizers .(individual slots must be allocated first.)

Where to park:

Direcly behind the venue. Please keep the rear doors clear for un-loading and loading. Be mindful of the handicapped parking out of consideration for those attendees that require them.

“The White Zone is for Loading and Un-Loading only” – The Central Scrutinizer said to the Magical Pig.

Load-in times (when are the doors open Friday):

9am on Friday and continuing throughout the event. Load-in happens at the read entrance, but please do not leave you vehicle in the loading zone longer than 10-15 minutes so others can load/unload as well.

Event VoluNteers:

Since this is a “community” event, there is an expecation that the “community” runs it…meaning…well…YOU! Don’t worry if you have never ran “Front of House” sound, never created a multicolored moving sqiggle (PP)(TM) on a wall with a computer or been a baby sitter for a room full of tasty synths… we will TRAIN YOU! Sign up and instead of the full attendee fee of $125, the price will be reduced to $80… all for just 30 minutes of your time.

There are four primary tasks that we need help with:

  • Front of House Sound – Sitting at a mixer and ensuring all the levels remain within acceptable limits. You are not expected to be Alan Parsons recording “Dark Side of the Moon”, you are just making sure everything can be heard and that it doesn’t get to deafening levels. It’s braindead simple and we will train you.
  • Video Artist – Control a video projection/video art generation system. Again, we will train anyone who has never done this before, and it is not overly challenging
  • Baby sit the Petting Zoo – Make sure no one walks off with any gear who is not its owner and keep angry toddlers wielding ice cream cones away from $10k vintage bleep bloop boxes.

We also need help with set-up on Thursday and tear down on Sunday night/Monday morning from as many folks as can be there, but since this is happening before and after the event, we can’t count that towards discounted performing attendee princing.


Did you invent an instrument? A performance technique? Do you have some knowledge about electronic music that you think is worth sharing with the world? Consider putting together a 30 to 60 minute seminar/workshop/interactive discussion. These are separate from the performance slots and are an important part of NEEMFest. Sign up to give one!

NEEMFest CD – TRACK submission (date coming soon)

DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST, Sunday August 11, 2019

Requirements: To make it work best for everyone, please submit your tracks as follows:

  • Please limit your track to eight (8) minutes; only original pieces will be considered; no ‘covers’ will be considered; and songs must not contain any copyrighted samples. The artist retains all rights to their song; NEEMFest does not have any rights of ownership.
  • File format must be a 16bit/44.1KHz stereo WAV file.
  • Tracks must be submitted as a downloadable link sent by email to neemfest@neemfest.org with the subject header “NEEMFest 2019 Song Submission by [Artist Name]”. Please use Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or any other hosting service to upload your file; then send a download link for that file in the email.
  • Tracks must be 16bit/44.1k stereo WAV files; no other formats will be acceptable.
  • Tracks must include at minimum the following metadata: Title, Artist, Album name if from a previous release, Year
  • Track quality must be clean, i.e. no clipping, no mastering required on our part
  • Levels must peak between -3 and -1 dB.
  • Avoid over compression: if it looks like one big long square wave, it might be passed over.
  • If you had a track on last year’s CD, you may not make it on this year’s release; this is to be fair to all attendees, year over year. It will appear on the subsequent Bandcamp download version.
  • SUPER-DUPER IMPORTANT: please please please for the love of all things NEEM-y, PLEASE TEST YOUR LINK at home before sending that email (using a different browser). If we can’t download it, then unfortunately it will not be included in the compilation. Please be aware that if we encounter issues downloading your song, then the NEEM Committee has the option to substitute a random middle school band class rendition of Barry Manilow’s “Copa Cabana” in the place of your song, but with your artist name attached.