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 Dublin Sound Lab
Summary:Piano and electronics call
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: Dublin Sound Lab invites composers of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in Music Current Festival, 12–14 April 2018.

Participation & Commission Opportunity

Composers are invited to submit new or existing works for piano in combination with fixed-media, computer or live electronics. As many as eight composers will be selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses with the renowned Belgian composer Stefan Prins (

Selected works will be performed in concert on the final day of the festival, when one of the participating composers will be awarded the Music Current Commission of €2,500 for a new work to be premiered at Music Current 2019.

Participating composers will attend all festival concerts, and will take part in a programme of masterclasses and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Composers will receive an audio recording of the concert performance of their own work. Irish composers can apply for a Contemporary Music Centre Travel Bursary to cover travel costs within the island of Ireland.

Masterclasses and Workshops

Thursday 12 April, 4–5pm: Welcome and Presentation by Stefan Prins Fox (CMC Library)
Guest composer, Stefan Prins, presents on his recent work, with special reference to the festival theme, 'piano + electronics'.

Thursday 12 April, 6pm: Music Current Festival Launch (CMC Library)
Festival launch with invited guests, festival composer Stefan Prins, participant composers, festival performers, and composers and technicians from Dublin Sound Lab.

Friday 13 April, 10am–12.30pm: Masterclass workshop with Stefan Prins (CMC Library)

Participating composers present on their work in round-table discussions moderated by Stefan Prins. Composers will discuss technical and performance-related issues relevant to the selected works in a friendly discursive session involving all participant composers.

Friday 13 April, 1pm–2pm: Presentation with Silvia Rosani (CMC Library)

Silvia Rosani, recipient of the 2017 IMRO/Music Current Commission, presents on her recently completed work.

Friday 13 April, 3pm–4pm: Masterclass with pianist Xenia Pestova (CMC Library)

Pianist Xenia Pestova offers observations on participant composers' compositions, focusing on technique, presentation, style and performance-related issues.

Friday 13 April, 4pm–5pm: Technical Review with Alexis Nealon (CMC Library)

Senior sound engineer, Alexis Nealon, discusses practical sound engineering issues concerning computer-based mixed music, focusing on participant composers' works. Topics will include: scalable performance, studio audition versus concert reproduction, distribution and portability of electronic music, understanding sound levels and engineering terminology.

Friday 13 April, 6pm: Public Panel Discussion, 'Are we there yet?' (CMC Library)
Public discussion on current composition trends, performance practice, critical perspectives, and new directions, featuring festival composers Stefan Prins and Ann Cleare, pianist Xenia Pestova, sound artist Sven Anderson and musicologist Adrian Smith (DIT). Moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC.

Saturday 14 April, 10am–2pm: Technical workshop (Smock Alley Theatre)
Rehearsal of works by participant composers for this afternoon's concert. Open to all participating composers.