Sound Thought 2017

December 21, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Performers by mwhiteside

Labora[R]tio: Collaborate, Articulate, Integrate

Latin: work, effort

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

May 10th – 12th, 2017


Sound Thought is an annual festival of music and sound research, composition, and performance run by postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow. Sound Thought presents a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers by providing them with a platform to present their research in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment alongside the work of contemporary practitioners. Sound Thought 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, having been initially established in 2007.

This year’s theme, “Labora[R]tio” will be explored by exhibiting the work of postgraduate researchers, academics, artists, and contemporary practitioners, contextualized by the following themes pertinent to the creative process –

Articulate: Extrovert vs. Introvert       

Finding a unique voice within the creative arts – perspectives

Collaborate: Long distance vs. local

Exploring spaces and engagement – connections

Integrate: Software vs. Hardware

Formulating aesthetic strategies through technologies – developments

Call for Submissions and Proposals

Sound Thought welcomes 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.

Submission of papers, lecture-recitals, performances, fixed-media works, and installations of any artistic discipline are welcome, so long as they interact with the creative process in music and the arts. If you have an additional form or idea, please feel free to contact us to discuss your idea. We also welcome the submission of works currently in progress.

Please complete an application form available from and send to

The deadline for submissions of abstracts and proposals is February 5, 2017.

Notices of acceptance will be provided week commencing March 5, 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete the submission form in order to provide us an idea of your work and how it relates to this year’s theme.


Individual or joint papers should be approximately twenty minutes, allowing an additional ten minutes for questions. Lecture-recitals should be approximately forty-five minutes in duration.


Please submit for consideration proposals for any of the following: acousmatic/electroacoustic works, audiovisual works, sound installations, and 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. Installation artists may be required to bring their own technical equipment (please let us know what you can/can’t bring in your proposal).

Proposals for sound works should also provide:

An excerpt from, or the complete work you are proposing


An example of your previous work

Please include a link to a website where the work can be streamed or send as an attachment via Dropbox or Google Drive.


Live performances of works of any style (acoustic, audiovisual, acousmatic, etc.) are encouraged. Performances should not exceed approximately thirty minutes (multiple shorter works are also welcomed).


Venue Tech Specs

Please feel free to get in touch regarding venue technical specs. Sound Thought events will take place in the CCA’s theatre, cinema, and clubroom. There are opportunities for installations to be placed throughout the building; please get in touch to discuss with the committee. Any questions can be sent to

Delegate Fee                                                                                                 

As the festival is run entirely by postgraduate students, we are requesting a £15 delegate fee from selected contributors to aid with the festival’s technical requirements. We do not have the funds to cover travel or accommodation expenses but are happy to provide a letter of acceptance for your institution.