Call For Works

Announcing the
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
June-July 2017

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival solicits works for its festival in June-July 2017. The festival will take place at the Abrons Arts Center on June 19-25, at National Sawdust on July 14-16, and on other dates at other venues in New York City. Details of the festival are shown below.

Call for Works

Composers or performers are invited to submit works in any style of electroacoustic music in any the following categories:

  • Electronic music for fixed media alone, with up to sixteen channels of sound.
  • Works involving live electronics, including computer processing and laptop orchestras.
  • Works combining musical instruments or voice with live or fixed media electronics.
  • Video and multimedia works.
  • Installations involving music or video

Submission deadline: The submission deadline has been extended! It is now December 31, 2016.

Entry fee: none.

Registration fee: $160. Registration is required for all persons whose submitted works are accepted. This fee entitles them to free admission to all events at the Festival. Attendance is not required, but even if submitters do not attend, the fee must still be paid.

Individuals may submit one or two works, provided that the second submission is five minutes or less. Individuals may also submit an installation or a proposal for a curated concert.

Works in progress will be considered if a substantial part of the work is complete. The accepted work cannot exceed the duration indicated at the time of submission, and the final versions cannot be substantially different from the versions submitted.

For the selection process, multichannel works may be submitted either in their original channel configuration or as stereo mixes.

Works involving instrumentalists are welcome, but if the submitter is unable to provide the performer(s), additional costs may need to be borne. If NYCEMF needs to provide the performers, only works with no more than two performers can be considered.

NYCEMF will provide in each performance space a mixing console, speaker system, microphones, cables, and a computer and audio interface for the playback of fixed media audio/video. Composers of interactive works will be responsible for providing their own computer, audio interface, and any specialized peripherals.

Works of any length may be submitted, but, for practical reasons, we will more likely be able to include shorter works than longer ones.

Performers may submit up to two works with the agreement that they will play them. If a performer wishes to submit more works, he or she may choose to propose a curated concert.

Call for Works with Appeal to Children

NYCEMF would like to organize a concert with special interest to children. We encourage composers to submit works that they think may have such appeal. Please indicate the nature of this appeal in the project description of your submission.

3D Spatialization Lab

A special room will be equipped with an array of 16 speakers, 8 in the usual surround sound configuration and 8 at a higher level, allowing sound to be spatialized in three dimensions. The audience will be seated in the center of the space. We solicit works that will take advantage of these resources, and we encourage works that use the full 16-channel capability as well as the diffusion of works with fewer channels. We will allow composers whose works are played in this space additional tech time to plan their diffusion. Only fixed media works will be played in this space, not works involving musical instruments or video.

Performers

The featured performers for NYCEMF 2017 will be violinist Maja Cerar, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, pianist Jocelyn Ho, pianist Keith Kirchoff, clarinet and tarogato player Esther Lamneck, cellist Madeleine Shapiro, and saxophonist Laura Venditti.

Individual Presentations

In addition to musical works, we will also consider individual presentations that may consist of many different kinds of activities such as…

  • Paper and piece presentations.
  • Musicological discussions of electroacoustic music issues.
  • Analyses of compositions of historical importance including electroacoustic music “classics,” papers, or other ideas.
  • Research in electroacoustic musical topics.

Installations and Galleries

The Abrons Arts Center includes several locations that will be suitable for audio and video installations, including galleries and a large outdoor amphitheater. We will post descriptions and photographs of these spaces, and we encourage installation artists to design works for these specific locations.

Call for Curated Concerts

Proposals are also invited for the presentation of an entire concert, not to exceed 52 minutes in duration of music. These concerts represent an opportunity to put together an entire concert consisting of works of their choice. The concert should be organized around a theme or idea, and they may include works of historical importance as well as more recent works. A performer may also propose a concert that he or she will play. The only limitation is that no more than one work by an individual composer may be included.

NOTE: The registration fee for curated concerts will be $500.