Electroacoustic Music Beyond Concert Performance


10 – 14 June 2014 | Berlin | Germany

Deadline for proposals is 3 January 2014.

The concert work is still considered to be the epitome of electroacoustic music. During a work’s performance the relationships between composition and audience in time and space are defined as homogeneous  – just as in the Aristotelian drama. However, since the 1960s, specific forms of electroacoustic music that challenge the possibility (or conception) of an absolute and exclusive reception have gained substantially in importance. This development resulted in concert forms of extended duration, as well as sound art and music in the media offering the listener opportunities to arrange the perceived sounds in new individual arrangements or to explore the aural space of one piece in various ways. The aesthetical positions and the practical consequences for electroacoustic music that have emerged from these specific environments shall be considered at EMS14 conference.

This EMS conference aims to discuss a number of relevant questions concerning electroacoustic music beyond concert performance among musicologists, composers and sound artists. Musicological studies in this field still lack consistent, rigorous research. Therefore, we explicitly invite papers that focus on aesthetics, history, analysis and practical issues of electroacoustic music of Extended Duration, as Sound Art/Sound Installation, as Media Music, as Conceptual Music, as Participatory Music, in the context of Happenings or extended Concert Forms.

The conference is also open to other topics relevant to histories and/or contemporary practices of electroacoustic music. Submission of papers relating to any aspect of the field would be appreciated as well, including, but not limited, to: analysis, perception, listening, terminology, composition, performance, cultural issues and education

(cf. detailed call at www.ak.tu-berlin.de/ems2014).

The conference is hosted by Universität der Künste Berlin, Masterstudiengang Sound Studies in cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation and Freie Universität Berlin.


The deadline for receipt of proposals of papers is Friday, 3 January 2014 midnight EST. The duration of a paper presentation should be 20 minutes followed by a question period of 5 minutes. Conference languages are English and French.

Submissions can be made by uploading a zipped folder and providing the download link, or by direct email to:ems2014.berlin[at]gmail.com

A submission should consist of one pdf-document and the same as word-, odt-, or rtf-document in English with the following parts:
1. the paper abstract in English (500 up to 1,000 words), headed with author name(s) and title (if any), organisation affiliation (if any), contact address, telephone, email address
2. a curriculum vitae (1 page maximum)
3. a list of publications (1 page maximum)
4. a brief bio (up to150 words).

Further information available at www.ems-network.org/ems14/ and www.ak.tu-berlin.de/ems2014

Organisation Committee: Fabian Czolbe (Berlin) | Dr. Julia H. Schröder (FU Berlin) |    Volker Straebel (TU Berlin) | Prof. Dr. Martin Supper (UdK Berlin)

Extended Durations symposium

7-8 September 2013
University of Huddersfield

Extended durations are being increasingly explored by those working in contemporary musics and sound art. Issues relating to memory, perception, space and the temporal expe- rience all inform approaches to concept and realisation. This two-day symposium aims to bring together artists operating in this area, to understand intentions, methods, similarities and differences, as well as to serve as a platform for the presentation of original works.

Papers of any duration from 20’ up to 45’ are invited on the subject of extended durations in music. Issues covered might include:
– Experiential aspects of extended durations
– Performative realisations, experiences of performing this work, and issues in interpretation and technique relating to the nature of extended duration
– Concepts and constructions in extended timescales

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract, name, and any institutional affiliation. Due to the radical nature of the subject area, alternative approaches to the standard presentation of information is welcomed.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for installations or extended performances for pres- entation during the symposium. Please include a description of the proposed work and a short biography. You should be able to provide your own performers and instruments if required.

Send all proposals to Richard Glover at r.glover@hud.ac.uk by Friday 5 April

For more information, visit: www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/cerenem/projects/extendeddurations