Call for Proposals: Networked Collaborative Processes 2021

Since the initial lockdown in February/March 2020, there has been a growing appearance of online forms of music making as communal events for collective music making, or as an alternative to the live, public concert. Examples of such work includes: Free Range Orchestra, Montrose Composers Club, Bastard Assignments, Pan Y Rosas Discos, Jefferson Park EXP, Peter Nagle’s digital drone orchestra using highfidelity.com and the Free Range Concert Series.

Due to the lack of live music making, both in concert and privately, we consider this to be a burgeoning and emergent form of music making, that has had to develop in a short space of time to identify and therefore adapt to the many technical challenges.

This emergent form of experimental music making comprises: 

  • The consideration of practicalities under lockdown circumstances.
  • The influence these online technologies have on aesthetic considerations.
  • The growth of online concerts.
  • The engagement with a communal form of communication and interaction with software that is by its very nature prone to glitches and latency.
  • The wider international potential of any online collaboration. 

Working within these parameters has contributed to defining an aesthetic environment that sets itself apart from the conventional live situation, from which potentially genuinely new musically creative work can appear.

In June 2021, Music and/as Process will be hosting an online event that focuses on new work that has been specifically composed for remote/collective forms. Alongside performances, the event will feature discussions focusing on the process(es) and experiences of realising such works.

You are invited to submit sketches / pieces / papers that address and explore the technological challenges and aesthetic considerations of remote network performance.

These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical aesthetics from within the medium itself.
  • Creative work which addresses latency, glitches, synchronisation of multiple audio streams, software and hardware issues. 
  • Collaborative creative practices, in which, for example, projects have developed over time amongst teams of performers/composers/improvisers.
  • Issues regarding the quality of participation, and their possible solutions. 
  • Networked music performance practises including the functionalities of individual platforms.

We are looking to present music which is created bespoke for the remote networking medium, rather than arranging pre-existing music for this format.

Proposals should include, as appropriate:

  • A copy of the score / sketches, as a PDF.
  • A short description (250 words) of the way/s in which the practice explores online performance and remote communication.
  • A 250 word abstract if delivering a paper.
  • Links to documentation (video or audio) of previous performances.

For proposals featuring live performance, the piece can involve between 2 to 10 people – including yourself. Pre-recorded performances can involve as many people as you wish.

There will be approximately 30 minutes for each presentation, which can be used as desired.

Please send your submissions to musicandasprocess@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: 23:59 (GMT) on 26th of March, 2021.

Decisions will be communicated mid April.

The RMA Music and/as Process Committee:

  • Dr Steve Gisby (Independent researcher)
  • Dr Richard Glover (Reader in Music at the University of Wolverhampton)
  • Dr John Hails (Senior Lecturer and Reader in Music at Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Sophie Stone (PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Dr Alistair Zaldua (Independent researcher)

Music and/as Process

Living Collaborative Processes: Call for Proposals

This year the Music and/as Process study group will be holding their annual event at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London on Friday, 26th July.

This will not be a typical conference event as we have held before, but will focus on the process, and processes, of realising collaborative scores. Therefore the day will consist of workshops, discussion, and eventual performance of the music selected.

We are interested in receiving musical works that designate and identify collaborative processes as a central part of their realisation. These pieces may be either almost completed, or newly completed works that can be workshopped, and discussed during the day. and performed by delegates and members of the Music and/as Process study group. As far as possible, and to allow as many pieces as is practical, each piece should have a maximum duration of 10-12 minutes.

The pieces may include one or a subset of the following characteristics:

  • Conduction
  • Collaborative notation
  • Collective composition working practice
  • Collective decision-making in rehearsal
  • Distributed creativity
  • Formation and operation of collective
  • Graphic notation
  • Game pieces
  • Live group decision-making in performance
  • Uses of technology to mediate collective behaviours and decision-making
  • Improvisation

The selected pieces will be those that can be learned and performed over the course of a single day. By the end of the day we hope to document these performances onto video and audio.

Proposals: Please send the following to Dr Steve Gisby: steve.gisby@icmp.ac.uk

  • Copy of the score, or scores, as a pdf
  • A short description (250 words) of the collaborative aspect of the piece
  • An outline of the resources or instruments required

Due to the event format, there can be no guarantee of the availability of specific ensembles or instruments, and very complicated electronic set-ups are also unlikely to be feasible in the time on the day.

Deadline for proposals: 23:59 – Friday May 10th, 2019.
Decisions will be communicated by 31st May 2019.

We welcome both composers and performers to this event, specifically those intending to take part in realising the scores chosen. Registration will be open to anyone who would like to perform and workshop the music, regardless of whether they have composed a piece.

Registration will be open from the beginning of June.

Unfortunately, neither the Study Group nor ICMP are able to provide any financial assistance to attend the conference. The conference will be free of charge, however lunch will not be provided.

Music and/as Process committee: Steve Gisby, Richard Glover, John Hails, Lauren Redhead, Sophie Stone, and Alistair Zaldua.

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, 1B Dyne Road, London, NW6 7XG

Music and/as Process

Living Collaborative Processes: Call for Proposals

This year the Music and/as Process Study Group will be holding their annual event at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London on Friday, 26th July.

This will not be a typical conference event as we have held before, but will focus on the process, and processes, of realising collaborative scores. Therefore the day will consist of workshops, discussion, and eventual performance of the music selected.

We are interested in receiving musical works that designate and identify collaborative processes as a central part of their realisation. These pieces may be either almost completed, or newly completed works that can be workshopped, and discussed during the day. and performed by delegates and members of the Music and/as Process study group. As far as possible, and to allow as many pieces as is practical, each piece should have a maximum duration of 10-12 minutes.

The pieces may include one or a subset of the following characteristics:

  • Conduction
  • Collaborative notation
  • Collective composition working practice
  • Collective decision-making in rehearsal
  • Distributed creativity
  • Formation and operation of collectives
  • Graphic notation
  • Game pieces
  • Live group decision-making in performance
  • Uses of technology to mediate collective behaviours and decision-making
  • Improvisation

The selected pieces will be those that can be learned and performed over the course of a single day. By the end of the day we hope to document these performances onto video and audio.

Proposals: Please send the following to Dr Steve Gisby: steve.gisby@icmp.ac.uk

  • Copy of the score, or scores, as a pdf
  • A short description (250 words) of the collaborative aspect of the piece
  • An outline of the resources or instruments required

Due to the event format, there can be no guarantee of the availability of specific ensembles or instruments, and very complicated electronic set-ups are also unlikely to be feasible in the time on the day.

Deadline for proposals: 23:59 – Friday May 10th, 2019.
Decisions will be communicated by 31st May 2019.

We welcome both composers and performers to this event, specifically those intending to take part in realising the scores chosen. Registration will be open to anyone who would like to perform and workshop the music, regardless of whether they have composed a piece.

Registration will be open from the beginning of June.

Unfortunately, neither the Study Group nor ICMP are able to provide any financial assistance to attend the conference. The conference will be free of charge, however lunch will not be provided.

Music and/as Process committee: Steve Gisby, Richard Glover, John Hails, Lauren Redhead, Sophie Stone, and Alistair Zaldua.

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, 1B Dyne Road, London, NW6 7XG