Unmasking. Experimental Sonic Practices.
The newly formed MediSouP Community is seeking soundworks and experimental audio compositions to be included in the first edition of MS Concerts: “Unmasking. Experimental Sonic Practices” which will be held online, on 11th March 2021.
This open call is addressed to all composers, sound artists, ethnographers, sound recordists, and any other individual/s working creatively with audio, who wish to contribute by submitting their work on the theme of a reimagined sound of their respective Mediterranean habitats as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many countries have been experiencing severe lockdowns and curfews relational to the COVID-19 pandemic that have affected the local, private and public soundscape and the sonic spatial politics of their respective natural or urban environments, creating a new obscured ecology or agency in the mapping of sonic space and materiality. Some places sound quieter and less active, and certain people have had no difficulty to adapt to the new reality, while others find it unnerving: empty streets, closed stores, regular mask-wearing and adhering to social distancing can suggest an uncanny reality and perception of space. Human and non-human interaction has changed, filtered through a mask, muffling dialogue and obscuring faces, which is making it harder to recognise people who were once so familiar.
From a critical conceptual perspective, this strange, temporary era seems to form intensive affective and vibrant dynamics regarding subjective interpretations of our ever-changing world. How do we feel during this period of such uncertainty? What is our relationship with society in these circumstances? How is our physical and sonic space now transformed, transgressed materially, and under what kind of affected conditions? And what does the present, or future now sound like? Elaborating on the above, we encourage participants to re-imagine the sound that they envision in this new on-going reality with audio works that could range from acousmatic compositions to soundscape recordings and from spoken word to experimental noise works. All selected audio works will be hosted in the “MS Concerts: Unmasking. Experimental Sonic Practices” concert series.
The concert will be held online as a main event to kickstart the MediSouP community which will set the ball in motion for future meetings, festivals, concerts and sound research initiatives.
Each participant is invited to submit:
- A sound work in Stereo format WAV or AIFF file, and a maximum duration of 10 minutes.
- a title and short description of the work – up to 200 words.
- a short biography of the artist/creator (up to 150 words).
- a visual image that formally represents the sound work, which will be posted on screen during the performance of the soundwork.
All submissions must be sent to the MediSouP curatorial team by the 11th of February 2021, 23:59 EET, through this dedicated link.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any further questions about submitting your work, please contact us at: medisoup[at]cut.ac.cy