Sounds of Silences – an international competition of musical composition for the moving image

February 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The Edison Studio collective, with the support of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) for the project “SIAE – Classics of Today”, and with the collaboration of the Cineteca di Bologna (Film Archive of Bologna) and the Romaeuropa Festival 2016, announces the Sounds of Silences international competition of musical composition for the moving image.

The aim of the competition is to stimulate musical creativity in its interaction with the audiovisual media, particularly for the reinterpretation of historical silent films and the creation of new soundtracks for them, with a special concern for timbre in instrumental, electronic and electroacoustic music of today.

In the preliminary stage of the competition entrants must submit an audiovisual work the musical part of which they themselves have composed, which must be sent by 30th April 2016. A jury will then select three finalists among the entrants, who will be invited to create a soundtrack for a medium-length movie from the silent film era chosen by Edison Studio in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna. This work must be completed and sent by 15th October 2016. An international jury, consisting of Gian Luca Farinelli (director of the Cineteca di Bologna), Monique Veaute (president of the Romaeuropa Art and Culture Foundation), Alvin Curran (composer), Claudio Ambrosini (composer) and Giulio Latini (professor of Multimedia Communication at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome), will award cash prizes to the finalists during a public event scheduled for 12th November as part of Romaeuropa Festival 2016 at the Casa del Jazz in Rome.

The total prize money to be awarded to the three finalists in the competition amounts to € 6,000.
The competition is open to all composers of any nationality born after 31/12/1980.
Participation in the competition can be either individual or collective.

The organizers of the Sounds of Silences competition hope that the finalists will make a valid contribution towards redefining the meaning, aesthetics and conceptual structures of cinema before the advent of soundtracks, not simply by “accompanying” the images on the screen, but by revealing their original hidden content, thereby giving a new voice to what was previously silent.

The rules of the competition and the registration form are available online at the following website:
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