ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology

ISSTA International Festival and Conference on Sound in the Arts, Science and Technology: Temporary Autonomous Zones

Sept 7th–9th 2016 (Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland)

Ulster University and partner venues

Call for Papers, Compositions, Artworks and Workshops: Deadline: April 4th


Professor Leigh Landy (De Montfort University, Editor of Organised Sound)
Dr Liz Dobson (Yorkshire Womens’ Sound Network, University of Huddersfield)

Headline Workshop:
Gregory Taylor (Education R&D, Cycling 74 software: makers of Max)

Installations, Artworks, Concerts, Papers, Panels, Workshops


One of the reasons we value sound as a perceptual and phenomenological event is that it allows for the creation of new types of sensory engagement with space. Creative processes of sounding allow us to design different types of sound worlds; places which can become autonomous zones. Lefebvre, in his seminal text The Production of Space, alludes to the concept of autonomous zones or imagined spaces; places which are imagined and created by community.

The idea of how we create and respond to autonomous zones is the subject of this year’s ISSTA festival as it comes to Northern Ireland for the first time, fostering a range of artistic, technological and academic interventions in Derry/Londonderry entitled Temporary Autonomous Zones 2016. A Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ), as defined by the poet and anarchist cultural theorist Hakim Bey, is more than just a distinct space; it is a space in control of itself in that it does not recognise outside authority.

We look forward to inviting artists, scholars, technologists and other practitioners to Derry/Londonderry to investigate and play with some of these questions. From the historic autonomous zones of the 17th–century walled city of Londonderry to the autonomous commune of Free Derry (1969–72) to the highs, lows and contradictions of becoming the first UK City of Culture and even to its contested name and identity, we hope that Derry/Londonderry will offer a stimulating context for sharing participants’ work and ideas.

We are seeking works of art, research papers, performances, compositions and workshops that engage with the concept of autonomous zones and the social spaces of sound and technology.


Acoustic Ecology
Circuit Bending
Computational Musicology
Computer Music
Digital Audio and Digital Signal Processing
DJ Practice
Electroacoustic Music
History of Sound, Science and Technology
Interfaces for Music or Sound
Laptop Music
Live Electronics
Live Sound Reinforcement
Music Perception
Music Recording and Production
Music/Audio software
Noise Music
Recording Engineering
Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus
Soundscape Art/Studies
Sound Diffusion and Spatialization
Sound Engineering
Sound Synthesis and Design
Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy

To submit:  1-page abstract (approx.. 500 words) including whether paper or poster submission.

Interactive Sound Art
Site-specific Sound Art
Sound Art Installation

Circuit Bending
Computer Music
DJ/Scratch Music
Electroacoustic Composition – fixed-medium or real-time
Laptop Performance
Mixed Composition for electronics and performers
Noise Music
The call is open to all practitioners regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Registration for ISSTC 2016 is required for participation.

Registration fees are as follows (current ISSTA members pay only the registration fee):
Professional: €70 (€40 registration + €30 ISSTA membership)
Postgraduate student: €50 (€30 registration + €20 ISSTA membership)
Undergraduate student or unwaged: €25 (€15 registration + €10 ISSTA membership)

Submissions are due April 4th, 2016. Notifications will be sent by June 4th, 2016.

Full call details here:

Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association
Ulster University: School of Creative Arts, Research Graduate School (Arts) and the Arts and Humanities Research Institute
FabLab NI and the Nerve Centre (Derry/Londonderry)
Outreach workshops supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation
The Spatial Music Collective