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Sound in Space Competition

Deadline: September 1, 2011

The Goethe-Institut of Boston and the Consulate General of France Cultural Services, in partnership with Northeastern University and Harvard University, are pleased to announce the “Sound In Space” competition, a call for electroacoustic works to be realized via Harvard University’s 32-speaker Hydra diffusion system during The Art of Interpretation Festival. Celebrating 60 Years of Electroacoustic Music Tradition in France and Germany, The Art of Interpretation Festival will take place from November 17–19, 2011, at the Fenway Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

• The Art of Interpretation festival seeks original acousmatic works composed for fixed media for performance via loudspeakers in concert, without the live intervention of instrumentalists.

• Student composers enrolled in U.S. institutions are eligible to submit works.

• An international jury will evaluate all works, which must be received prior to September 1, 2011. Six works will be selected for performance during the festival.

For more information on Hydra:

Composers may submit one acousmatic work lasting between 8 and 15 minutes. The format can be from 2 to 24 audio channels, and the work submitted may have been previously performed.

Stereo works:
•    copy of the uncompressed WAV or AIFF file, 44.1 kHz, 16 or 24 bit on a DATA CD
Multichannel works:
•    copy of all mono WAV or AIFF files, 44.1 kHz, 16 or 24 bit on a DATA CD or DVD
•    scheme of channel routing

Submitted works that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

There is no entry fee.  Submitted works will not be returned. The selection of the six finalists will be announced by October 10, 2011. Composers whose works are selected are required to attend the entire festival from November 16–19, 2011. Should a composer be unable to attend, their work will not be presented.

Works must be submitted prior to September 1, 2011 to:

Goethe-Institut Boston
Sound in Space competition
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116-1420


The jury will award three prizes at the end of the festival, taking into account both the quality of the compositions and the concert interpretations. 1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $600, 3rd prize: $400.

The decisions of the jury are final.

All finalists are required to take part in the interpretation workshops which will focus on the musical use of a multi-loudspeaker diffusion system and the relationship between composed spaces and their rendering in a given concert environment. Leading composers and sound artists from Europe and the U.S. will share their experiences and ideas and help students with the interpretation of their own creations on the system.

Festival CD
The works of the six finalists will each be published on a Festival CD recorded live at festival concerts (more details to follow).

For specific questions, contact