Call for contributions

Call for Contributions #

We are looking for artistic research contributions that investigate speculative approaches to sound synthesis, computation, and music technology. These contributions should explore aesthetic positions that offer alternative perspectives to standardized ways of thinking and creating. Speculation as an artistic practice is understood as a situated oscillation between experience and imagination, bringing forth new forms of knowledge and opening up to new kinds of aesthetic thinking.

At the core of this speculative oscillation is the question of how computational technologies’ generative potential can be made aesthetically experienceable and productive. The symposium aims to unite speculative approaches that make computational processes perceptible and address the tension between contingency and control in artistic practice. What are the implications of considering sound synthesis as a form of composition and musical composition as a form of sound synthesis? What are the specific potentials of sound as a trace of computation and as a perceptual object in this constellation of technology and aesthetics?

Contribution Formats #

We welcome proposals that use a variety of formats or hybrids of formats, such as (but not limited to) live-performance, lecture-performance, paper presentation, fixed-media, installation, workshop, exhibition of objects/sounds etc. Any format suitable to the submitted work is possible. However, we highly encourage and seek submissions that engage in exchange and offer points of discussion with all participants about the central themes and questions of the symposium, as the central aim of this symposium is to promote the communication and production of artistic knowledge.

All submissions will be published online in a dedicated section of the project’s webpage. A selection of authors will be invited to contribute to an edition of “ECHO - journal of music, thought and technology” ( dedicated to Speculative Sound Synthesis, co-edited by organizers of the symposium and members of the Orpheus Institute.

Contributions will be allotted 10, 25 or 40 minutes time for presentation during the conference depending on their content and format.

Submissions #

Submissions have to be in Word .docx format and have to make use of the following template.

Submissions should include:

  • For paper format contributions, the manuscript should have a maximum of 3000 to 6000 words, excluding citations.
  • In all other cases (performance, work, installation, etc.), a text (600 - 6000 words) should be submitted that describes the contribution and how it relates to the central themes and questions of the symposium.
  • An indication as to what length the presentation should be. Three choices are possible: 10, 25 or 40 minutes. We reserve the right to suggest a different duration when scheduling the various contributions.
  • Further documentation media (video, images, sound, text, etc.) to download (video: MP3, preferably using H.264 or H.265 codec, audio: mp3 320 kbit/s, images: PDF, PNG, TIF of JPEG, 72 PPI, maximum download size: 250 MB). These media will be used for the online publication.
  • Links to additional online resources, if available.
  • An indication as to what length the presentation should be. Three choices are possible: 10, 25 or 40 minutes. We reserve the right to suggest a different duration when scheduling the various contributions.
  • A detailed technical description. The document should clearly indicate what equipment is to be provided by the local organization and what is to be brought by the applicant, describe the setup, estimate how much space and time will be needed for setup, and suggest what space would be suitable for the project.

Please note that the Symposium is planned as an on-site event only. All contributors have to be present in Graz in person.

Deadline: 2024-05-03 #

Acceptance of a submission will depend not only on the reviews, but also on its technical requirements and feasibility. Keep in mind that Speculative Sound Synthesis has a limited budget, and therefore works that require excessive resources on the part of the organizers may not be accepted. It is essential that applicants are willing to bring their own equipment and minimize their dependence on the local organization. Furthermore, in exceptional cases, the organizers may ask for adjustments to the submitted proposals in order to ensure the feasibility and overall balance of the event. If in doubt, you can also contact us in advance to discuss equipment availability. We can be reached at