Call for papers / works SOUND THOUGHT 2016 – Dialogues: Sound and Music across the Arts

December 7, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Performers by mwhiteside

Sound Thought, the University of Glasgow’s annual postgraduate conference and concert festival, will exhibit the work of researchers and contemporary practitioners exploring the intersections of music, sound, and other artistic genres.

This year’s festival, “Dialogues”, will take place between 30 March and 1 April 2016, primarily at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, and at select other performance venues throughout the city. This year’s festival is being programmed in collaboration with GLEAM (Glasgow Audiovisual and Electronic Media), LUX Scotland, the Pipe Factory, and the Glasgow New Music Expedition (GNME) Ensemble.

Call for Abstracts

Submission of papers, compositions, performances, fixed-media works, and installations of any artistic discipline are welcome, so long as they draw in some way on the aesthetics of music and sound.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts and proposals is 20 December, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent out by 20 January, 2016.

Please send abstracts and proposals of c.250 words along with a short bio to

Sound Thought offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to present their work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, alongside performances and installations. We welcome submissions from postgraduate researchers, academics, professionals, and practitioners of music, sound art, and electronic and audiovisual media, as well as from artists in other fields. The meeting-points of artistic genres are often unruly, defying both chronology and medium; therefore, Sound Thought contributions will be arranged according to artistic topic and aesthetic stance. The resulting interplay between events — in addition to the events themselves — will thus offer a further source of interdisciplinary insight.




Individual or joint papers should be no longer than twenty minutes.


Please submit for consideration proposals for any of the following: Acousmatic/electroacoustic works of up to 15 minutes duration, audiovisual installations, sound installations, field recordings of up to 15 minutes duration.

An 8 channel diffusion system is available for electroacoustic works as is equipment for presenting audiovisual work. Please be advised that the technical equipment available is limited and therefore installation artists may be required to bring their own (please let us know what you can/can’t bring in your proposal).

Please note, proposals for sound works should include the following additional material – A weblink (eg dropbox) to either:

An excerpt from, or the complete work you are proposing
An example of your previous work


Works of any style will be considered. Proposals for performances and performance-lectures are also encouraged. Submissions requiring fixed (tape) electronics or live electronics will be considered.


We are offering an exciting opportunity for composers to collaborate with Glasgow New Music Expedition at Sound Thought 2016.

Works will be read and rehearsed with members of Glasgow New Music Expedition in an open workshop. The process will culminate with an evening concert at the CCA.

Successful applications will write compose a new work scored for some or all of the following:





Please submit the following:

– information sheet (name, postal and email address) and proposal (instrumentation, brief statement on musical ideas and/or recent work)

– composer bio


– link to website or soundcloud


– link to dropbox/google drive with PDF scores and recordings of two recent works (preferably one for chamber ensemble)

Please send all relevant materials to by December 20, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent out by 20 January, 2016.