Call for Works

Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR) invites submission of compositions and sound works that will be performed and presented as part of the New Music Weekend (May 7-10, 2020). Performers include trombonist John Kenny, flutist Carla Rees, and clarinettist Sarah Watts. Electroacoustic and acousmatic works will be presented in partnership with the De Montfort University’s Institute of Sonic Creativity. There are four categories outlined below.

Eligibility: The call is open to all composers of any age or nationality that work in and outside of academia. Submitted works may have been performed previously or unperformed. Selected composers are expected to attend the performance of their where possible. Please note that composers can submit no more than two works.

We also have a Call for Papers, Demos, and Presentations, and Call for Recitals, Lecture Recitals, & Workshops

1. Rarescale

Composers are invited to submit, by PDF score with mp3 recording (if available) a work for Rarescale (Carla Rees and Sarah Watts – www.rarescale.org.uk) as follows:

  • A work for alto/bass flute and bass clarinet up to 10 minutes in duration. Use of fixed media or live electronics is permitted.
  • A work for alto/bass flute, bass clarinet and piano up to 10 minutes in duration. Use of fixed media or live electronics is permitted.

2. Solo

Composers are invited to submit, by PDF score with mp3 recording (if available), a work for soloist (see below) with/without piano accompaniment that is up to 10-minutes in duration. Use of fixed media or live electronics is permitted.

  • Flute
  • Alto Flute
  • Bass Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Contrabass Clarinet
  • Baritone voice
  • Double Bass
  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone

3. Acousmatic composition

Composers are invited to submit stereo or quadraphonic acousmatic works that are up to 10-minutes in duration that engage with the New Music Weekend theme of Deep Sounds.

4. Sound Installations

Composers are invited to submit stereo or quadraphonic sound installations that are up to 20-minutes in duration that engage with the New Music Weekend theme of Deep Sounds. Selected works will be collated and presented on loop in a listening room.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should comprise of two sides of A4 (as outlined below) in PDF format, emailed to info@nottfar.org.uk no later than Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT).

Page 1: Please provide information under the following headings where relevant:

  • Name
  • Institution
  • Postal address
  • Phone
  • E-mail Address
  • Composition catagory and instrumentation (Rarescale; Solo; Acousmatic; Installation)
  • Technical requirements (projector; audio playback; piano; whiteboard etc.)

Page 2: Please provide information where relevant:

  • Work Title
  • Duration
  • Year of composition
  • Instrumentation
  • A 200-word programme note.
  • A 100-word biography.
  • A hyper link (i.e. OneDrive or Drop box) to scores and stereo recordings
  • Installations, Electroaoustic & Acousmatic works should provide a detailed technical rider

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT). Late entries will not be accepted. Selected decisions are final, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2020.

Panel:

  • Elizabeth Kelly (University of Nottingham)
  • Duncan MacLeod (University of Nottingham)
  • Annie Mahtani (University of Birmingham)
  • Carla Rees (University of Sheffield)
  • Sarah Watts (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • John Young (De Montford University)