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22 September 2009

New music forums - 'fill this page with sound' calls for submissions

Detail from the 'Fill this page with sound' brochure Image: Detail from the 'Fill this page with sound' brochure  

'Fill this page with sound' is a new initiative curated by Brisbane-based flautist and new music specialist Janet McKay. The project consists of three forums, to which composers may submit a work of any length and in any stage of development, including works in progress. The chosen works will be performed at the forum, and then discussed by a leading compositional figure. The discussion will then be opened up to include performers and audience members.

'Basically I saw this as an opportunity to do a few things: to bridge the gaps between composers, performers and listeners; to give emerging and/or isolated composers the opportunity to have their ideas performed and workshopped outside of a "formal" environment such as university or conservatorium. And also to strengthen the supportive network of musicians and music consumers in Brisbane, and hopefully beyond', explains McKay.

The forum dates and submissions deadlines for the forums are as follows:

Forum 1 (20 October) will feature Brisbane sound artist Lawrence English and is calling for sound art and electroacoustic works. Submissions close 6 October.

Forum 2 (24 November) will feature composer and bassist Robert Davidson from Topology, and is calling for works for small ensembles (2 to 6 players, no keyboards). Submissions close 12 November.

Forum 3 (late January 2010, date TBA - rescheduled from 2009) will feature composer Erik Griswold and is calling for works for solo instrument (excluding keyboard). Submissions deadline to be confirmed.

Further details, including guidelines and applications forms, can be found on Janet McKay's Random Overtones website.

Further links

Random Overtones (www.randomovertones.com)

Rachel Orzech is a Melbourne-based writer, teacher, musician and dancer. This year she is undertaking a music journalism internship in Sydney, and she plans to continue her studies in musicology in 2010.


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