Phonurgia Nova Awards 2005
Phonurgia Nova has announced the winners of their annual radiophonic arts competition for 2005. The competition targets independent radio producers, musicians, composers, sound artists, and production teams, with prizes of monetary awards and residencies.
The winners of the monetary award for Radio Arts were Marcus Gammel and Viktoria Tkaczyk for Europas Wahn (Insane Europe). The award in the Media Arts category went to the collective LIGNA for Radio Ballet. Pierre Couprie was awarded the GRM residency in Paris for a project using the archives of Radio Libertaire. Béatrice Brociner and Cristophe Modica were awarded a residency with the Groupe de Musique Vivante de Lyon (GMVL) for their proposed project flux-reflux based on a poem by Mallarmé. A residency with the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB) was granted to Claire Moutarde for her project Comment en suis-je arrivée là?
Stockhausen in London
Karlheinz Stockhausen made a rare appearance at a concert of his music at Billingsgate Market in London, UK, on 25 October 2005. The composer worked the levels at the control desk for two tape pieces: Kontakte (1960) and Oktophonie (1991) (an excerpt from his week-long opera Licht).
The Oscillations Music Society hosted a weekend festival including five concerts of electroacoustic music on 18–20 November 2005 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The guest artist was Robert Normandeau, who presented his compositions and led workshops. The festival also celebrated Atlantic-region composers and performers.
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CIMESP 2005 Winners
The winners of the 2005 Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo competition have been announced. There were 185 compositions by 130 composers from 32 different countries submitted for the biennial event. The jury consisted of Flo Menezes, Hans Ulrich Humpert, Gilles Gobeil, and Jorge Antunes. The first place winner was David Berezan for the acousmatic piece Styal. Second place was awarded to Kyong Mee Choi for Sublimation, a piece for marimba and electroacoustic sounds. The second prize "ex aequo" was awarded to João Pedro Oliveira for Time Spell for clarinet and electroacoustic sounds, and a "public prize" was granted to Diana Simpson for the acousmatic Broken Nerve. There were also three honorable mentions:Roger Cochini for La Schiuma dei Rumori, Fancis Dhomont for Vol d'arondes, and José Manrique for Historias.
Sound Installations for Commonwealth Games
A series of sound installations, "Empirical Soundings; Soundscapes from the Commonwealth," was part of a cultural festival held in conjunction with the 2006 Melbourne Common-wealth Games held on 15–26 March 2006 in Victoria, Australia. Sound artists from Commonwealth countries submitted soundscape installations that reflected aspects of their home countries and the sports that are included in the Commonwealth Games.
Women in New Music Festival
Voices on the Edge: Fifth Annual Women in New Music Festival was held on 9–12 March 2006 at California State University in Fullerton, California. The festival schedule included concerts, lectures, master classes, and lectures featuring Pamela Z, the Ethel string quartet, and Chen Yi, composer in residence. The annual festival features the International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project, eight hours of a diverse sampling of electroacoustic music by women composers from around the globe. The festival will also be traveling for presentation at various venues throughout the United States and Europe.
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A proposal for High-Definition MIDI protocol (HD-MIDI) is under discussion by the MIDI Manufacturers Association [End Page 6] (MMA). The update is to include greater resolution in data values, increase the number of MIDI channels, and support the creation of new messages for the 20-year-old protocol. MMA Technical Standards board members have been meeting and introducing the proposal at audio-related conferences and trade shows since October 2005.
Sonorities Festival in Belfast
The Sonorites Festival of Contemporary Music was scheduled to be held 25 April–1 May 2006 in Belfast, Ireland. Sonorities is the longest-running new music festival...