Sonic Screens – Call For Multichannel Works

*Sonic Screens – environmental music listening sessions*

*Live mixing and spatialization by U.S.O. Project (Matteo Milani & Federico


*Call for multichannel works*

*U.S.O. Project* is pleased to invite submissions of fixed media sound works
for the second edition of “Sonic Screens”, a journey among different
electroacoustic Soundscape compositions.

*Sonic Screens* is an annual event that will take place during two
acousmatic evenings in Milan during Fall 2011.

*Sonic Screens* aims to render the endless possibilities of life and its
surroundings experienceable in our conscious activity, trying to deal with
the possible infinites of the listening experience, both in their objective
and manufactured dimensions.

*“Listening to the environment, contextualizing it objectively and
creatively has always been a priority of the work of U.S.O. Project.
Free from any pseudo-environmental or socio-political implication, the
continuous work on sampling, processing and transfiguration of found sound
and carefully preserved in memory of a digital recorder, has always played a
central role in our compositional practices.
U.S.O. defines Soundscape as the expressive and narrative richness that
comes from the reciprocal and continuous interaction of multiple sound
sources from the real world, and other phenomena which are perceptible and
measurable only through proper and adequate transduction (electromagnetic
signals, for example).
A Soundscape is also an opportunity for reflection and imagination that has
little to share with the real world.
A Soundscape can be a place of the mind, a reminiscence of a future
experienced in dreams, lands far away in space and time.” – Matteo Milani &
Federico Placidi<>


Composers and sound artists are invited to submit multichannel works, up to
8 channels. The assignment of channels to speakers must be clearly indicated
in the submission. Works of any duration will be considered although pieces
of under 16 minutes will be given preference.

The performance will take advantage of Ambisonics sound diffusion practice,
creating an immersive and uninterrupted sound flow between different works
from selected international artists.

The material will be transcoded in real time to *2nd Order B-Format* (via *
ICST* Ambisonics Externals for

The recordings of the concerts will be available for streaming and released
in binaural format for headphone use. The ownership of the tracks remains to
the authors.

*Submissions need to include:*

1. a stereo version of the piece
2. individual mono files for each channel
3. channel configuration
4. sample rate
5. program notes
6. brief biography

While the composers of the selected works are encouraged to attend the
event, attendance is not required for a work to be presented.

There is no registration fee.

The deadline for submission of works is October 31st, 2011.

*Material Submissions*

Please send download links to your work using one of the many file delivery
services (,,,, etc)
in .zip or .rar format. Please do not email file attachments.

Electronic submissions should be sent to:

*[submissions at synesthesiarecordings dot com]*

For more information, email contact:

*[info at usoproject dot com]*

*Terms and Conditions*

Each participant may submit up to two works.

[Date and Venue To Be Announced]


*“The essential difference between an electroacoustic composition that uses
pre-recorded environmental sound as its source material, and a work that can
be called a soundscape composition, is that in the former, the sound loses
all or most of its environmental context. In fact, even its original
identity is frequently lost through the extensive manipulation it has
undergone, and the listener may not recognise the source unless so informed
by the composer. In the soundscape composition, on the other hand, it is
precisely the environmental context that is preserved, enhanced and
exploited by the composer.” – Barry Truax*

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The Foundation Destellos, COMPETITION 2011 – CALL FOR WORKS



The Foundation Destellos ,
call for works for the Forth Competition of Electro-acoustic
Composition and Visual Music, open to composers and artists of any
nationality, age and gender.

The objectives of this competition are the
promotion and development of the artistic creation in relation with new
technologies. Likewise, it is an intention of the Foundation Destellos
to stimulate the creativity of the young generations of artists and to
provide them new routes of diffusion of their works.

    The first prize will be attributed by
Destellos and will consist of 500 American dollars and the performance
of the piece into the two years after the competition.

  The second two prizes, consisting of collections of CD of electroacoustic music, offered by:

    • The organization Akusma<Motus , of France
    • The foundation Phonos of Barcelona, Spain.

The institutions participants will offer
likewise the diffusion of the winning works, through concerts, festivals
and broadcasting.


1. Composers and artists of any nationality age and gender.

2. Entry fees of 20U$A must be paid by Pay Pal, through the “donate” button on the web site:

3. Will be accepted stereophonic works of electro-acoustic music up to 11′ duration.

4. Will be accepted works of
electro-acoustic music with video, up to 6′ duration. The work must
follow an abstract esthetics and to be interrelated in musical and
visual languages, either in their technical and esthetical
characteristics. In case of works in collaboration the prize will be
considered ex-æquo and the authors will have to determine a
representative to receive it.

5. Are excluded pieces using instruments, live electronics and improvisations.

6. Each candidate can send only one work, not been edited or prized before.

7. The participants will have to register before, sending by e-mail :

a. the submission form due completed by computer. Manuscript forms will not be accepted.

b. a certificate of the PayPal payment.

c. send both as attached document to:

8. Each candidate will receive an e-mail of confirmation and a Code of inscription .

9. The materials must be sent by :

            a. You Send it, Next Send or similar to:            

            b. Ordinary mail, (with mention “For educational use, no commercial value” to :

         Dr. Elsa Justel

         Fundación Destellos

         Gral. Rivas 3963

         7600 Mar del Plata


10. Admitted supports: .aiff/ .wav/, without compression.

11. The files must be labeled with the Code Number+Title of the work (ex.: “DC11-21_Mypiece”)

12. The works will not be returned and will be kept in the archives of the Foundation.

13. Prize winners of earlier Destellos
Competition cannot participate (first and second prizes), neither
members of the jury and their families.

14. The works must be sent before 15 April 2011 .(postmark)

15. The jury will be integrated by members of recognized international prestige.

16. The jury has the right to declare the
prize deserted and give one or more mentions, also to design an
“ex-æquo”   prize to works of the same quality level. Jury’s decision is
unquestionable and definitive   and will be   published after August 30 th , 2011.

17. The foundation has the right to
postdate, to annul or to modify the rules of the competition at any
moment. All changes will be published at the time.

18. Candidates are asked to accept all the conditions of these regulations.

19. The prizewinners are engaged to write
the mention “Prix Destellos 2010” in all concert programs that include
the work. The authors must inform the Foundation of the public
presentations of the prized work.

Submission Form

More info: