SOUND IN SPACE competition

Deadline: September 1, 2011

The Goethe-Institut Boston and the Consulate General of France Cultural Services, in partnership with Harvard University and Northeastern University is pleased to announce the SOUND IN SPACE competition, a call for electroacoustic works to be presented via Harvard University’s 32-speaker Hydra diffusion system during The Art of Interpretation Festival. Celebrating 60 Years of Electroacoustic Music Tradition in France and Germany, The Art of Interpretation Festival will take place from November 16–19, 2011, at the Fenway Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Art of Interpretation festival seeks original acousmatic works composed for fixed media for performance via loudspeakers in concert, without the live intervention of instrumentalists.

Composers enrolled in U.S. institutions are eligible to submit works.

An international jury will evaluate all works that are received prior to September 1, 2011 (not a postmark deadline). Six works will be selected for performance during the festival.

The Art of Interpretation festival features Harvard University’s Hydra diffusion system – a 32-channel loudspeaker orchestra.

Composers may submit one acousmatic work lasting between 8 and 15 minutes. The format can be from 2 to 24 audio channels, and the work submitted may have been previously performed.

There is no entry fee.  Submitted works will not be returned.

Works may submitted via parcel post to:
Goethe-Institut Boston
Sound in Space competition
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116-1420

Stereo works:
•    copy of the uncompressed WAV or AIFF file, 44.1 kHz, 16 or 24 bit on a DATA CD

Multichannel works:
•    copy of all mono WAV or AIFF files, 44.1 kHz, 16 or 24 bit on a DATA CD or DVD
•    scheme of channel routing
•    a stereo mix of all tracks combined for judging purposes

Submitted works that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

A selection of the six finalists will be announced by October 10, 2011.

The works of these six finalists will each be published on a Festival CD (more details to follow).

Composers, whose works are selected, are required to attend the entire festival from November 16–19, 2011. Should a composer be unable to attend, their work will not be presented.

The jury will award three prizes at the end of the festival, taking into account both the quality of the compositions and the concert interpretations. 1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $600, 3rd prize: $400.

The decisions of the jury are final.

For more information about the festival and competition please visit the Art of Interpretation website <>

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