Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition

November 22, 2014 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

22 July 2014—UnTwelve is happy to announce the 2014 edition of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition. The competition is an incentive for composers to create microtonal music that demonstrates the desirability of non-12 equal music to the public at large.

While you can start composing now, our submission engine will be accepting your entries on or before October 1st 2014. The competition will close at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time December 15th 2014. There is no fee for submission. Monetary prizes are in 4 levels this year: $650/$400/$250/$100. To be accepted, entries must follow the following rules:

  1. The contest is international and open to persons of all ages. Board members or direct affiliates to UnTwelve and last year’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are excluded.
  2. Only one work per applicant will be considered.
  3. Works are suggested to be between 4 and 10 minutes in length. You may submit shorter or longer works; however, all else being equal, the chances of the composition winning outside of this suggested range lessen.
  4. The final audio product – meaning, the composition’s musicality, the production quality, the performance (by a human or an electronic or mechanical device) and the compositional skill exhibited in handling an alternate tuning(s) is what is judged. Therefore poor recordings or performances will be a negative factor in adjudication. (Addendum, 2014-10-08 — The submission engine will accept FLAC format only!)
  5. UnTwelve reserves the right to not declare any winners if there aren’t any entries of sufficient quality, as deemed by the adjudication process.
  6. Works submitted must be composed specifically for this competition and not publicly available in any form at any time prior to the contest winners being announced.
  7. Works must be in a tuning or temperament significantly different from 12-tone equal temperament. Such alternative systems include: extended just intonation; any non-12 equal division of the octave; non-octave scales e.g. Bohlen-Pierce; recurrent sequence scales; found or empirically-derived tunings; or any tunings invented by the composer based on mathematical principles or formulae, etc. See the Scala scale archive or the Xenharmonic Wiki for more ideas.
  8. You must describe the tuning(s) used in a plain text file on the entry form. We will not accept any entry where this information is not present.
  9. Following the competition, UnTwelve reserves the right to have the audio of your entry composition hosted and linked from our website. Finalists must allow public access to their work in this way; and for non-finalists, only in the event of you writing in to request removing audio links will your audio be removed. Please note that this procedure is the opposite of previous years!
  10. By entering your submission, you agree to all of the above these terms.

The registration process and submission engine are now online HERE. Feel free to start planning and composing your compositions! Good luck!