News from the Sonic Arts Network

Sonic Postcards in Wigan

Sonic Postcards presents an exhibition of work from two schools in Wigan as part of the Audio Art Lab exhibition at the Turnpike Gallery from 15 July - 9 September 2006.

The Audio Art Lab exhibition features newly created work from three Manchester based artists, the exhibition explores sound and how it is produced. By mixing together an eclectic array of materials, technology and electronics, the artists have produced work that reacts to the visitor's physical movements. Including an audio chill out zone and a giant spinning wheel that produces sounds in response to colour.

Opening Saturday 15 July 2020
Free Admission
All Are welcome

For gallery information directions please go to;

Turnpike Gallery
Civic Square
Greater Manchester

Expo Manchester

Many thanks to all who attended and took part in this year's Expo Festival in Manchester. The weekend was the most ambitious and successful Expo yet, with a broad range of work on show and a large and diverse audience at almost all events.

Still on...

Until 30 July, you can still experience the three solo sound exhibitions co-curated by Sonic Arts Network and Cornerhouse, Manchester. The exhibition is free.

Bob Levene: The Space Between
Bob Levene creates playful and often humorous work that experiments with the performative making of sound. Driven by her curiosity about the way we use technologies such as speakers, radios and telephones she asks us to question how we listen.

Staalplaat Soundsystem: The Ultrasound of Therapy
Staalplatt Soundsystem are a sound/performance collective from the Netherlands. For this new performance artist 'doctors' and 'nurses' will be treating patients with sound therapies.

Lemke creates sound installations, using fishing rods to make 'Klangeln' - a play on the German word for sound 'Klang' and fishing 'Angeln'. In KLANGELN VIII, Lemke invites visitors to create their own sound pieces as they move through the gallery.

Further details can be found here:


16 June - 27 July
UK wide tour

A collaboration in sound and light by Alex Bradley and Charles Poulet. Using ambisonics and large-scale planes of shimmering LED light, the audience sits, stands or lies as the space around them is rewritten with flickering vistas, floating panoramas and tactile surfaces. The installation will also feature a ‘live ambisonics’ performance on the opening night.

17 June -29 July
Full Circle
Phoenix Gallery, 10 14 Waterloo Pl. Brighton

Exhibition featuring Julie Marsh, Cecilia Jardemar and a sound installation by Charlotte White. Based upon a series of statistics ranging from levels of tea consumption in the UK, to numbers of deaths by starvation in Africa, Charlotte White has created a sound installation that presents such information in aural form. Issuing forth from a circle of eight speakers, a cacophony of voices reads out nearly 100 of these "facts", and the resulting effect is created by the random selection of sound samples, triggered at various intervals by a computer.

18 July
Bocman, Scott Hawkins & UTT
Old Queens Head, Pond Hill, Sheffield, S1

An evening of AV experiments featuring Bocman (laptop and synthesizer soundscapes), U.T.T. (Unconventional Turntable Techniques), plus Scott Hawkins and Richard Head providing drones and para-music improvisations from scratch-built electrophonic instruments.

20 July
Rother and Moebius
ICA, The Mall, London

Krautrock pioneers with a history littered with names such as Kraftwerk, Kluster, Neu! and Harmonia play live.

Until 20 July
Lully, Lulla
Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

The Coventry Carol tells of grieving mothers singing to their children who are about to be slaughtered by Herod. The installation allows members of the public to 'play' the carol by using the main Gallery staircase; the arrangement is affected by the number of people on the stairs, the direction they travel and how fast they move. Thematically the work draws parallels between mothers grieving for their sons in biblical times, in the 1940s when Coventry was bombed and now with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

20-23 July
Futuresonic 2006
Various, Manchester

The 2006 festival takes place over three days traversing music and the arts, involving multiple spaces. It takes in headline gigs, breaks musical acts, maps the city and ships in artists and musicians from around the World.

21-22 July
Supersonic Festival
Custard Factory, Birmingham

Broad and packed festival from Capsule featuring DJ Food, Shitmat, DJ Scotch Egg, Rother & Moebius (Neu! & Harmonia), Thrones (Joe Preston ex Melvins/Earth), Isis, High On Fire, Broadcast and Modified Toy Orchestra.

24-30 July
SuperCollider Symposium
Music Department, University of Birmingham

Presentations, concerts, and composer/developer meetings and both beginner and advanced courses in SuperCollider during the week, with James McCartney as keynote speaker and a host of SuperCollider gurus, composers and adventurers.

3 August
Corsica Studios, Unit 5, Farrell Court, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

Live sets from POSTHUMAN, who will be playing material from their new album 'The Peoples Republic' on Seed records, a trumpet and laptop set from SUPERIMPOZER, with material from his second album 'Thought Fungus', on dubiousaudio, and DOGBANGERS AND REVO, a four piece band with vocals and improvised electronics. Plus laptop sets from Jethro Bagust and Daisuke Terashima.

Until 6 August
Arsenal: Artists exploring the potential of sound as a weapon

Alma Enterprises, 1 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG
11 artists use documentary video, performance and text to explore the historical, sociopolitical, and phenomenological applications of sound, and excavate the medium's potential as a weapon. July 15th from 6pm sees a live performances in the gallery, featuring Mattin, amongst others.


Sound Art Commission

The piece will mix voice, music and found sound to develop a walking tour using Mp3 players and podcasting.

The work will be site specific and will guide the listener across the cityscape, weaving stories of London past, present and future. It will be launched together with a performance piece created by PLATFORM on October 24th 2006. Some of the material for the soundtrack will come from interviews with a small group (approx 20 people) who have been involved in working against and within the oil industry, exploring the relationship between oil and London.

The artist will work in collaboration with art activists James Marriott (co-director of PLATFORM) and John Jordan (co-founder Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination) to produce the project.

The sound work will be an extension of the Gog & Magog performance events that PLATFORM has been evolving since 2000. These pieces take a small invited audience (10-20 people) of artists, business people and activists on a critical exploration of the web of companies and institutions that work together to extract oil & gas from around the world. Each performance is timed to coincide with the presentation of either Shell or BP`s Quarterly Financial Results, a timing that gives the work dramatic vividness, the theatre of contemporary events. In the past the piece has combined stories, visual props and soundtrack.

The present commission is for a stand alone soundtrack (of between 60-90mins duration) that can be downloaded together with a map and used by people who will be able to follow the walks outside of the specific performance events, thus opening up the work to a larger audience.

PLATFORM have worked on issues of London, oil and climate change since 1996, asking such questions as: What is the origin and future of this addictive fuel? What of the social justice and ecological implications of its extraction, refining and distribution? How will we cope with the coming post-oil world?

Required skills and experience

  • ability and equipment to record, edit and produce sound work
  • ability to work on a tight deadline and deliver
  • some experience podcasting and developing basic web based audio
  • experience of working collaboratively on creative projects

Preferable skills

  • a knowledge and interest in London
  • engagement with ecology and issues of social justice

Applicants should send a full CV and covering letter (no more than one side of A4) explaining their interest and suitability to the project together with examples/links documenting recent work to James Marriott/John Jordan (

Or by mail to:

PLATFORM, 7 Horselydown Lane, London SE1 2LN

For enquiries e-mail:



James Marriott - Tel: 0207 403 3738

John Jordan - Tel: 0207 613 3878

For further details see and

Deadlines and Fees

Application deadline: 5pm Friday 28th July 2006

Interviews: Monday 7th August 2006 (or by arrangement )

Duration of commission: 4th September 24th October (during which time the applicant will work as part of a team with PLATFORM)

Fee: £2000 plus travel and materials.


Commission Opportunity at The Junction

The Junction is looking to commission 3 regionally (East of England) based artists to create unique small-scale site-specific works over the course of 2006/07. Artists are invited to submit proposals in the fields of visual, performing or sonic arts that utilise new technologies and that can be presented throughout the building in interesting, new and quirky ways. There is a small fee for these commissions, but the emphasis lies with giving new and emerging artists time and support with the newest technologies, along with an opportunity to present the completed work.

Further info
A fee of £350 and up to 2 weeks of time in the Junction s Arts and New Technology Laboratory is available to each commissioned artist. For more information about the Lab and its facilities please see here. A basic level of computer literacy and broad overview of the technologies required is assumed but specialist assistance will be available to help fully realise ideas. It is intended that the 3 commissioned works be presented for the months of September and November 2006 and February 2007, but there will be flexibility in the scheduling of the actual residence period. To submit a proposal please send by traditional or e-mail a brief project description (no more than 500 words), a copy of your CV, and examples or links to any previous works. New Technology Commissions, The Junction, 2 Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX or

Deadline for applications is July 31st 2006

Forkbeard Fantasy: Sound Design Workshop Wednesday 8th November 2006

Forkbeard Fantasy is a theatre and film company who have been touring their shows, films, exhibitions and special events since the mid-1970's. Their theatre shows combine comedy with special effects, wild mechanical sets, outsize characters and their unique trademark interactive mix of film, animation and cartoon live on stage.

This is an opportunity for participants to investigate some of the different recording techniques Forkbeard have used over the last 30 years, ranging from reel-to-reel to digital technology. The course will provide instruction in inventive ways of capturing specific sound effects for different purposes, including exhibition pieces such as peep-show boxes, mechanised sculptures, stage shows, animation and film. Participants will also learn how to edit and lay down their own sound track. This course is for up to six participants.

Pure Data Summer School 2006


17 - 28 July 2020
Monday - Friday, 10:30 - 4:30pm
£100 for 10 days workshop

A two week boot camp. Now accepting applications.

Pure Data is a free and open source real-time graphical programming environment used by artists to create a range of visual arts, theatre, dance, audio, installation, performance and media art works.

Pure Data is ideal for those looking to integrate technology into their work for the first time, or advanced media artists looking to explore new tools and new ways to combine them in a unified environment. It is easy to use Pure Data to create interactive environments, link animations and sound, control hardware and electronics, stream audio, generate real time visuals and develop interfaces for other programs.

In this intensive two week course, participants will learn Pure Data from scratch and explore in detail some of its most exciting extensions. Using the Pure:Dyne creative GNU/Linux operating system, participants will discover real time sound design, audiovisual techniques, physical modeling with Gem and PmPD/MSD, how to extend PD into hardware and electronics using CAT/purrr and generative 2D/3D visuals using Packet Forth.


FEE: £100 for 10 days workshop

BOOKING: Please email with a single paragraph expression of interest that includes your artistic background and interest in the course. Questions by telephone can be directed to +44 (0) 208 525 4339.

VENUE: SPACE Media Arts 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RH, phone: +44 (0) 208 525 4330 (Bus: 254, 253 and 106 from Bethnal Green, 55 from Old Street - Tube: Bethnal Green - Train: Hackney Central Silverlink). SPACE Media Arts is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access requirements, please contact us in advance.


Lectureship in Digital Music

Queen Mary University of London
Department of Electronic Engineering

The Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London is one of the world's leading research teams specializing in Music Informatics, and DSP for Music and Audio. We regularly work with leading UK researchers and with teams across Europe, in the USA and in Japan, and host international conferences in the area. We are pleased to offer the opportunity to join the team as a Lecturer.

If appointed you will contribute specialized modules to the department's Masters programmes in Digital Signal Processing and Digital Music Processing, as well as new undergraduate degrees in Audio Systems Engineering and Digital Audio & Music Systems Engineering. You will also be expected to contribute to the Centre's research, bringing your own unique skills to the exciting topics we specialize in - see for more details of our current research. Looking forward, we expect to expand activities in Internet Audio, 3D sound, Haptic and novel interfaces, Performance and Real-time processing.

Fuller details of the position and person specification, together with application form are available from

Informal enquiries about this post are encouraged and may be made to Professor Mark Sandler preferably by telephone (+44 (0)20 7882 7680) or by email (

Completed application forms including the names and addresses of three referees, a CV and publications list, should be returned to Ms Sharon Cording, Department of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS by 15th July 2006.


Clark Bursary - 6th UK Digital Art Award

Watershed Media Centre and partners including Situations at the University of the West of England, are pleased to announce the Clark Bursary - 6th UK Digital Art Award. Initiated in 1998, the Bursary provides opportunities for creative development in digital media through a residency programme, and has built a reputation for innovation, development and quality.

This year's award of £17,500 is the largest to date and will enable an exceptional UK artist working primarily in digital media to develop their career and proposed idea/s through a supported residency at Watershed. For full guidelines and to download an application form, please visit

The Clark Bursary is funded by J A Clark Charitable Trust, Watershed, and Arts Council England South West. In association with the University of the West of England, Bristol.

The New Sound of Music Summer course in computer-assisted composition in Vienna

Instructor: Bruno Liberda (Electronic music professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna)
July 16 - July 25, 2020
August 27 - September 5, 2020
Tuition: 950 Euro
Wiener Klangwerkstatt Kettenbrückengasse 23/3/7
Vienna -- Austria

This 10 day computer-assisted composition course offers classes and individual studio time in the "Wiener Klangwerkstatt" exploring the multidimensional space of sound and its use as the primary material of composition. In between new sonic experiences, you will have guided tours to sites in and around Vienna historically connected to the first and second Viennese school.

Since it will be a small group (max. 6 students), you will benefit from lively Q&A situations. In your 8 hours of assisted individual studio time, you will be coached by Bruno Liberda working on a Kyma Sound Design Workstation. There will also be a recording and mastering session in the Soundstudio of Wiener Festwochen. Announcing a new Commissioning Award for Colourscape Music Festival Eye Music Trust announces a new Commissioning Award for the annual Colourscape Music Festival on Clapham Common.

The fund will start in 2007. This year we are previewing the commissioning process with two test pieces.

The successful commissioning applications will be those that create a new work for Colourscape linking colour, sound and space. It may be a finished piece; a collaboration; an installation; music-theatre; electroacoustic; or other new forms. A key part of this unique award will be that all applicants must visit our Colourscape events prior to their submission to gain an insight into the concept.

We strongly recommend that any potential applicants for 2007 visit 2006 Colourscape events in Rotherham, Croydon, Cologne or Clapham Common (details on our website: We will not consider applicants that have no working knowledge of the Colourscape concept.

We are featuring the 2005 test work "Lens" by Ansuman Biswas at the Rotherham Colourscape Festival in Clifton Park on June 25th. Lens is part installation; part music-theatre; part electroacoustic. 36 independent channels of loudspeakers sound throughout Colourscape - a choir (white-robed and blindfolded) are led through the structure by sound alone, articulating the music on the 36 loudspeakers.

We feature a second test piece by Stephen Montague at the Clapham Common Colourscape Festival on September 24th.

Look at our website: for details of events. Full details of the Rawsthorn Award to be announced later in the year.

CCMIX: 8-Month Course in Electronic Music

The Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) announces its annual 8-Month Course in Electronic Music. The course will take place from October 2006 - May 2007 in Paris, France. Faculty and guest lecturers include: Carla Scaletti, Jean-Claude Risset, Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Sinan Bokesoy, Makis Solomos, William Setharis, Curtis Roads, Agostino di Scipio, Julien Bilodeau and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis. This course explores a compositional world where sound itself is the primary material. The nature of sound, how it is perceived, how it may be transformed in differing time scales, and what new forms result are key subjects. In keeping with Xenakis' belief that interdisciplinary understanding can provide rich, new avenues for musical creativity, our course stresses the importance of interdisciplinary learning and interaction. In addition to lectures, conferences and discussions, a variety of computer music tools will be presented in classes and workshops. Participants will receive 9 hours individual studio time weekly; assistance is provided when needed. Interested participants may pursue creative work in the CCMIX Sound / Visuals Atelier. Participants' work will be premiered and produced in concert by CCMIX.

More information is available by email from Randall Neal, Admissions.

MRes in Sonic Art

New MRes in Sonic Art - at Hull University, Scarborough Campus, UK

(Scholarships available)

Course details:

Studio Facilities:

For enquiries about Scholarships - please contact Tim Howle

Call for Audio Artists/Musicians
Vague Terrain 04: the Body Digital


In his 1964 text "Understanding Media" media theorist & future-caster
Marshall McLuhan stated that electricity was an extension of the nervous
system. The next issue of Vague Terrain is dedicated to continuing this
line of thought and exploring both the interface and friction between
contemporary digital technology and the body. Vague Terrain 04: the
body digital will serve as a catalog of new conceptions of the
intersection between the physical and digital realms, one in which the
body is read as a dataset, instrument, and host to new economies and

The Call:'s fourth issue will be entitled "the body digital" and we are currently seeking the work of audio artists and musicians whose work deals with the interface between the body and contemporary technology to showcase in this issue. Vague Terrain 04: the body
digital will be published online in early September 2006 so work would need to be submitted by mid August. Vague Terrain audio submissions generally consist of 30-40 minutes of original sound/music which is distributed through our publication via an author sanctioned creative commons license.

Please see for more information about the scope of our publication.

If you are interested in contacting us regarding submitting audio work to this issue, or have any questions please contact us ONLY via regarding your submission.

Call for Proposals Expanding the Space: Enlarging the Frontiers of the Earth
Octubre Centre de Cultura Contemporania
3-6 October 2006, Valencia, Spain

The Expanding the Space conference is organized by the Octubre Centre de Cultura Contemporania, in collaboration with Leonardo/OLATS, and the International Academy of Astronautics, to coincide with the 57th International Astronautical Congress that will take place in Valencia, Spain in October 2006.

Expanding the Space is conceived as an open forum for individuals, connoisseur or not, to meet and to learn about the latest scientific issues, with the intention of making them accessible to the general public. The conference will provide a singular location for those scientists interested in the intersection of science and art, to gather, display and catalyze all the artistic works born under this sign and inspired by space.

The topics that will be addressed are:

1.Humankind in front of the mirror. A perspective of our own planet thanks to space missions. Cultural impact.
2. Climatic change. Its effects seen from outside.
3. Microgravity: the sensory experience of weightlessness.
4. Colonialism vs. exploration. Are space missions a new kind of colonialism?
5. The control of terrestrial biologics in the preparation for space missions.

Expanding the Space encourages people from all over the world to take part either in the conference and/or video exhibition.

The proposal must relate to one of the five defined topics: humankind in front of the mirror, climatic change, microgravity, colonialism vs. exploration and the control of terrestrial biologics in the preparation for space missions.

Proposals will be examined and selected by an Advisory Committee. This committee will be formed by experts including: Fernando J. Ballesteros, from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Valencia, Martí Domínguez, editor of the magazine Mètode, Julien Knebusch, from Leonardo/OLATS, Seth Shostak, astrobiologist from the SETI Institute, Bernard Foing, scientist-in-chief of the ESA, Salomé Cuesta from the Laboratorio de la Luz of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Jean-Luc Soret, curator of the @rt Outsiders International Festival and Laura Borràs, from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the members of the organizing committee: Josep Perello, physicist, University of Barcelona; Emili Paya, OCCC; Annick Bureaud, Leonardo/OLATS and Roger Malina, astronomer and Executive Editor of Leonardo journal.

To submit your proposal for the conference and/or the audiovisual exhibition, please fill the online form at <>

Deadline for proposals: June 30, 2020
Notification of acceptance : First week of July

Deadline for papers : first day of the conference (October 3, 2020) The papers will be published on the Leonardo/OLATS web site <>.

Technical Equipment: The organization will provide any technical equipment required such as desktop and laptop computers, screens, DVD players, slide projectors, etc.

Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of each participant.

Call for Proposals Artists for The Wormhole Saloon IV at The Whitechapel Gallery (London)

The Wormhole Saloon IV is happening at the Whitechapel Art Gallery on the 1st of September 2006. It is a multidisciplinary art event and is looking to present:

- Surround sound work (4 channel audio)
- Installations (Not photographic or paintings)
- Live performance/soundtrack to film/visuals
- Video art
- or ... surprise with an idea

Deadline is the 24th of July 2006.

Send proposals via email to Joel Cahen

or post material to

Joel Cahen
The Wormhole Saloon IV,
211 Dalston Lane,
London E8 1HL

Turn up at The Wormhole Saloon III on this friday 23rd June 7pm - 11pm to get an idea of the space and to see what the event is like.

more info on

elektraMusic call for works CD 2006

For the second year, elektraMusic will publish at the end of the year a new CD (electroacoustic music volume 02). Composers are invited to submit one or more work to be included in this compilation. (see "rules" below).

elektraMusic will also publish at the same time a new book (elektramusic issue 02...indeed) and is also looking for texts or articles about experimental/electroacoustic musics or other "arts subjects" (music and video, dance and music). people who want submit a text are invited to contact us by email at:

elektramusic CD submission :

- Participation in this project is open to composers of any nationality, aged from 18 minimum at the time of submission.
- The composers can submit one, two or three (max.) work(s).
- Works in collaboration (two composers or more) are also accepted.
- Submitted works mustn't have been awarded yet (music prize, competition, grant, commission, recorded on commercial CD,...).
- Submitted works can be electroacoustic only music (music "for tape", acousmatic music,...), mixed music (music for instrument(s) and electronic), or electroacoustic music for dance, video, multimedia..

Composers willing to participate are asked to :

- submit their music on an audio CD or DVD (multitrack works must be submitted in stereophonic version). The CD/DVD will be easily identified and will include the composer's first name and name as well as the exact title and its duration.
- print, fill in and sign the submission form (download here <> ).
- include a short composer's biography and program notes.
- Please send your submission by snail mail before 1 October 2020

Spatialisation competition "space of sound" Interpretation of acousmatic works

Recorded work composed in studio, projected over loudspeakers in concert, without live intervention of other sound sources.

The interpretation of acousmatic works through spatialisation involves sound-projection and diffusion through a reduced system of loudspeakers deployed within a specific space. The "musiques & recherches" acousmonium consists of 60 loudspeakers and an analog console that can send out up to 40 channels. In this competition, spatialization is done "manually", that is, free of any digital-technology automated storing and programming spatialisation system. The interpreters themselves control and play the console during the competition, so, their presence is absolutely essential.

The competition is open to the public and will take place from October 20 to 22, 2006 as part of the 13rd international acousmatic festival "the Space of Sound" at the Marni Theatre in Brussels.

The registration form and other required documents as indicated in the competition guidelines must be sent to "musiques & recherches" by mail, postmarked before July 9, 2006.

There is no registration fee.

Each candidate will be required to present four works as follows:

- one imposed piece
- two works selected the day before the performance, from the list of "classical repertory" which candidates will be sent upon completion of registration
- one work of the candidates' choice (personal compositions are not

Maximum duration of each work is 15 minutes. Prizes are awarded on the last day of the festival, October 22, 2004. Competition guidelines and registration form are available upon request from the office of "musiques & recherches" (telephone:: +32.2.354.43.68. Email: or can be downloaded from the "musiques & recherches" website:

Competition guidelines

1. This competition is open to anyone who has enrolled by post, postmarked before July 9, 2006. There is no enrolment fee. Participants must send in the fully-completed application form attached below, and include a personal photo, the title of the piece of the participant's choice, the composer's name, as well as notes about the piece.

2. Following registration, participants will receive the list of "classical" works from which will be drawn at random those they will be required to perform. They will also receive a compulsory piece determined by the members of the pre-selection jury of the "metamorphoses" composition competition.

Each participant must send a graphic transcription of the compulsory piece to "musiques & recherches", postmarked no later than September 15, 2006. The quality of this transcription will be taken into serious consideration in the pre-selection process.

3. From October 20 to 22, 2006, a maximum of 8 finalists will present the following:

- two works selected at random from the "classical repertory" list
- a compulsory piece to be determined by the members of the "métamorphoses" competition's pre-selection jury
- a work of the candidates' choice

4. Candidates are expected to prepare all works from the "classical repertory" list. The title of the works drawn at random from this list will be communicated to candidates the day before their performance.

5. The maximum time allotted to the performance of each work is 15 minutes. Rehearsal time will be arranged for each participant, who will also have access to a stereo listening station.

6. The competition is open to the public. It forms part of the 13rd international acousmatic festival "the space of sound" and will take place from October 20 to 22, 2006, in Brussels.

7. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the festival, October 22, 2020

8. The jury's decisions are final and without appeal.

9. The organizer cannot cover participants' travel and / or accommodation expenses, but would be pleased to supply accommodation, information upon request.

Participants will have free access to all festival activities.

First prize: 2500 euros
Second prize: a gift certificate for audio equipment, supplied by a sponsor.
"Musiques & Recherches" will offer a candidate of its choice a residency in the form of a performance at a future concert or festival.

Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival / Conference Concordia University
Montreal, Québec, Canada
September 20 - 22, 2006

- Five concert-presentations of multi-channel and special electroacoustic creativity

- 10-channel Butterfly Installation Instrument

- Conference / Paper Sessions / Roundtables: Subject: Curricular Design for Electroacoustic Studies

Preliminary deadline: August 01, 2020

A time of meeting of an ongoing international discussion of matters of greater and lesser importance to the electroacoustic community, focusing on practitioners, thinkers and others.

Papers, presenters and roundtable participants are invited to submit resumés, proposal and statements of interest on the theme of the conference: Curricular Design for Electroacoustic Studies

Electroacoustic Studies is a discipline which encompasses the physical world (metrics) perceptual, psychoacoustic and cultural / creative / critical worlds of sound from a loudspeaker.

Education for practitioners in ea requires a core, fundamental knowledge of the entire basis, and an organization of material and ideas found in the more focused sub-disciplinary regions.

Roundtables / panel discussions will focus on a number of the following topics:

(1) Training the inner and outer ear; philosophies, materials and methods (coordinator Eldad Tsabary)

(2)What to think about it all; thoughts on aesthetics, culture and criticism within the curriculum (coordinator Kathy Kennedy)

(3) Music theory; what kinds and how much, and the integration of theory and practice (tba)

(4) Perception, psychoacoustics and the impact of sound on society; how much does the engineer have to know? (tentative Warren Spicer)

(5) Cross-modal and media applications; visuals, movement, installations, performance art central or secondary (tentative Ian Chuprun)

(6) Technical considerations; standards and norms for facilities and equipment (coordinator Mark Corwin)

(7) Putting it into practice; the junction of practical training and thought (tba)

(8) Exchange and agreement; the next steps of putting it all together
(tentative Kevin Austin)

Technical Demonstrations

A Call for demonstrations of a technical nature on a multi-speaker system in a concert hall situation.

Call for Concert Works

Expanding the Range

- Multi-channel: Multi-channel works from 3.1 to 16.2 are invited for consideration. Preferences will be given to those built around the model of the loudspeaker as a point source , rather than as a matrix mapping .

Three other categories of concert works are also invited:

The Phil Spector, back to mono. Pieces in one channel, to be played back through a front-centre speaker (1.1)

Git down: pieces for a .1 system, subwoofer only. No frequencies above 110 Hz.

Pianissimo highs (for bats only): Works for 8-channels (point source preferred), duration of under 4 minutes, with no signals below 2 kHz, to be played back pianissimo in the concert hall


Butterfly Installation Instrument: A 10.2 system for installations, live electronics, laptops etc, in an open public space. Unless the composer can supervise, the work should be an autonomous, self-operating system. (Coordinated by Timothy Sutton, Philip Karneef, Joshua Zubot)

Spreading the word, keeping the sounds:

Concerts, discussions and presentations will be webcast (Mark Corwin coordinator), and published in eContact (Yves Gigon and jef chippewa Coordinators)


Concerts: 5:00 and 8:00

Butterfly: every day

Technical presentations (in the hall) mid-late afternoon

Roundtables: morning and early afternoon

Generalized Call for Works -- pages in progress. Audio files in formats from 16/44.1 to 24/96, and mixed / multi-media works. Please include program notes, bio and technical notes in Word-readable format.

Works presented will be webcast and placed on the website

Please be sure to follow the guidelines at and

Call For Papers SoundAsArt Conference
Aberdeen, Scotland
November 24th, 25th, and 26th

SoundAsArt: Blurring of the Boundaries

Over the past several years a growing fascination with the emerging art form Sound Art, has become prevalent within arts communities and academia. But what is it, how is it defined, and what is the impact on current practices of composers, artists, and those working in related fields (video, sculpture, architecture etc.)?

The SoundAsArt conference hopes to explore some of these boundaries, blurry though they may be, with the goal not of definition but of exploration. It is a peculiar characteristic of this art form to revel in the blurring of distinctions, the crossing of disciplinary boundaries, and the redefining of practices.

The conference will take place over a three day period and will feature papers/talks, installations, soundwalks, and performances. The entire content of the conference will be documented for release and made available online in pdf/mp3 format.

The conference is presented by the artist group urbanNovember in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, with generous support of the Aberdeen City Council.

Call For Papers (Abstracts)

We welcome papers on the topic of sound art that address questions of origin, exploration of boundaries between related practices, investigations of current practices, and speculation on the future development of sound art. Papers by individuals wishing to present their own work in relation to these issues are also welcome.

Proposals in the form of an abstract (500-1000 words) should be submitted via the conference website at (go to "Abstract Submission" and select "Refereed Abstract and Paper Submission" and "Submit a New Abstract or Paper" no later then July 21st. Please do submit early; you will be able to revisit and change your submission until that date).

All proposals will be peer reviewed and selections will be announced by August 15th. Finished papers will be due by November 1st, submitted in the same manner as the abstract. Papers should be of a length appropriate to a 20 minute presentation (approximately 3000 words). There will be a 10 minute question and answer session after each presentation. Please include a short bio (200 words) and any technical requirements you may have for your presentation. A small sound system, data projector, and docking bay for mac/pc laptops for powerpoint are available.

Please note that only papers that can be presented in person will be accepted. Unfortunately we are not able to provide any financial assistance, although the conference is free for all to attend.

Key Note Speakers include Professor Jonty Harrison and composer/performer Rajesh Mehta. Guest artist include performer Keith Rowe. Others to be confirmed.

The peer review panel includes:

Dr. John Levack Drever
Lecturer in Composition
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Jonty Harrison, BA DPhil (York),
Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music
University of Birmingham

Rahma Khazam, MA
Writer, Music journalist

Dr. Fiona Maclaren
Lecturer of Photography
Nottingham Trent University

Rajesh Mehta
Composer, Performer

Dr. Ken Neil
Head of the MFA in Critical Social Art Practice at Gray's School of Art
The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Dr. David Reid
Lecturer in Photography
Nottingham Trent University

Dr. Pete Stollery
Composer and Reader in Electroacoustic Music and Composition
University of Aberdeen

Bill Thompson
Performer, Sound Artist

If you have any questions, please contact

SoundAsArt Conference