Call for works – NoiseFloor 2015

January 22, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Staffordshire University Music Technology department is pleased to
invite submissions for NoiseFloor 2015. Fixed media, live performances,
audio-visual works, installations and papers are invited for consideration.

Themes

The intention of NoiseFloor is to take an inclusive approach to
exploratory electronic music making. The conference will include music
which is composed around beats as a primary compositional component as
well as music which is based around texture and gesture as formative
elements. Regardless of the style, music selected for performance will
be intrinsically linked by an enthusiasm for extending the boundaries of
electronic music making through sonic exploration.

This year we are underlining the central spirit of NoiseFloor by
actively seeking multichannel acousmatic music created by composers
whose background or interests lie with electronica, techno or bass
music. We are keen to invite live laptop performances as well as fixed
media music from these composers to uncover how this mix of musical
styles might inform one another.

As well as this particular specialism, we also welcome submissions from
fixed media acousmatic composers who compose for both two channel or
multichannel speaker set-ups.

Submission format

Please send download links to your work using one of the many file
delivery services (DropBox etc) in .zip or archived format. Please do
not email file attachments.
Electronic submissions should be sent to
noisefloorconference@gmail.com

We no longer accept submissions on physical media.

Fixed Media works

Music from any discipline will be considered but pieces which addresses
the theme of the conference will be given preference. Composers are
encouraged to submit a paper which discusses the composition of the
work. Multi-channel submissions should be accompanied by a stereo
reduction of the piece as well as a multi-channel version if at all
possible. Two channel binaural versions work well.

Please also include a brief programme note, biography and a speaker map
for multi-channel works or an intelligible naming system (e.g.
FR=FrontRight, FL-FrontLeft, FSR=FrontSideRight, FSL=FrontSideLeft,
RSL=RearSideLeft, RSR=RearSideRight, RR=RearRight, RL=RearLeft).

Please note that whilst duration is unlimited, composers are restricted
to submitting a maximum of two fixed media works.

Live laptop performances

Any discipline of electronic music will be considered but performances
that address the theme of NoiseFloor will be given priority. Examples of
previous performances should be sent via DropBox or links to
YouTube/Vimeo etc. Musical examples should be provided if a performance
has yet to take place.

It is important that the submission contains a detailed technical rider
so that the panel can assess whether the department are able to support
the performance. Whilst the department do have access to extensive music
and AV gear, it will be assumed that performers will be self contained
unless otherwise stated.

Audio-Visual works

All movie formats are accepted as well as links to video-sharing
websites. Please be sure to include a brief programme note and
biography. As with the fixed media works, composers are restricted to
submitting a maximum of two pieces.

Installations

Artists submitting installation work should initially submit an abstract
along with supporting imagery, diagrams or footage of the installation
where relevant. The department are able to provide a limited number of
loudspeakers, but please ensure the submission includes a detailed
technical rider.

Papers

Paper submissions which explore the theme of the conference will be
given priority but papers which cover more general compositional
approaches to electronic music are also warmly invited.

Paper submissions are encouraged from, but are not limited to the
following areas:

– Cross-genre works/research
– Beat-based music
– Widening access to sonic arts
– Composition and aesthetics
– Sociological considerations for the above

Paper sessions will last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for
questions/discussion. A lecture theatre will be provided with projector
and stereo playback.

Questions

Questions or comments should be directed to Dr Ben Ramsay
(noisefloorconference(at)gmail.com)

Visit the NoiseFloor website at
www.noisefloor.co.uk for more information
on the conference.