Music Technology

Sound In Space Festival and Competition

Sound in Space: The Art of Electroacoustic Music Interpretation
The 3-Day Sound in SPACE Festival and Competition takes a closer look at electroacoustic music interpretation and gives North American composition students and the general public insight into its fascinating possibilities. The festival brings together prominent representatives from top-notch institutions in Germany, France and the USA as well as features the final round of the Sound in SPACE Competition for students of North American institutions. The six finalists present their works in two concerts following participation in interpretation workshops and coachings. Further concerts portrait the French and German composers-in-residence (Daniel Teruggi and Ludger Brümmer) as well as recent North American electroacoustic works. A panel discussion frames the debate on interpretation of electroacoustic music in Europe and North America. The festival ends with an awards ceremony and the announcement of the Sound in SPACE competition winners. The Harvard University “Hydra” Speaker-Orchestra, a 32-piece system, is the centerpiece of the concerts and workshops. The term ‘orchestra’ in its name is appropriate not only because of the deployment of individual ‘loudspeaker-instruments’ in space, but also because of the different registers and timbral qualities of each loudspeaker. The setup of the ‘Hydra’ is not fixed and will be arranged especially to take advantage of the Fenway Center acoustics.

In Europe there has been a great deal of thinking associated with sound-images, which with the advancement of loudspeaker orchestras could then finally be realized. Such innovation in music performance came with a new requirement for interpretation theory and implementation in live performance. Two key cultural institutions for this revolutionary music are currently the GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musicale) in Paris and the ZKM (Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe. Their regular cooperation in the promotion and performance of electroacoustic music in the past 15 years has opened up new sonic worlds for audiences through international artistic collaboration, innovation and experimentation.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
4:00 PM Interpretation Workshop 1
7:30 PM Competition Finalists Concert 1
9:00 PM Portrait Concert – Daniel Teruggi

Friday, November 18, 2011
4:00 PM Interpretation Workshop 2
7:30 PM Competition Finalists Concert 2
9:00 PM Portrait Concert – Ludger Brümmer

Saturday, November 19, 2011
4:00 PM Panel Discussion with invited composers
6:00 PM Concert of important electroacoustic works from North America
7:30 PM Bus to Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston
8:00 PM Reception and Competition Awards Ceremony in Goethe-Institut

Reserve free concert tickets at
Goethe Institut Boston WEBSITE

Concert Coordinator: Arthur Rishi 617.373.2671


Thu, Nov 17, 2011-Sat, Nov 19, 2011

All day event


Fenway Center

77 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA