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»Short Cuts: Beauty«
ZKMís International Competition for Electroacoustic Music

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The World New Music Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an international forum for the latest artistic projects and technologies in the field of new music. In 2006 the festival bears the title »Grenzenlos/ Without Borders«. It will take place from July 14 till 30, in Stuttgart, Germany. »Grenzenlos« will focus on the unlimited possibilities of communication in todayís globalized world, namely cross-cultural dialogue and world-wide communication through new media. The German institution for new music Musik der Jahrhunderte is organising the festival in collaboration with the German Society of Contemporary Music and several national and international partners such as the Institute for Music and Acoustics of the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. For »Grenzenlos«, the ZKM is putting on an international competition in electroacoustic music entitled »Short Cuts: Beauty«.

»Short Cuts: Beauty« should deliver an insight into the multiple concepts of beauty from different cultures. The competition is directed towards musically creative people throughout the world dealing with computer music. There is no age limit. The ZKM looks for short pieces of 3 to 8 minutes in duration. The works should represent the artistsí concepts of beauty through three of their favourite sounds which can be arranged in any way. The artists are invited to give their fantasy free reign. They can use everyday sounds, voices, instrumental sounds and whatever they like.

The works can be directly uploaded per Internet in the form of AIF, WAV or MP3 files (128 kbps or more) or sent by CD-ROM (for files larger than 15 MB we recommend to send it by mail) to:

Short Cuts
ZKM | Institut für Musik
Lorenzstr. 19
76135 Karlsruhe

Upload: http://www.ima.zkm.de/shortcuts/
The deadline is June 15, 2006. To provide for a smooth flow, it is recommended to upload the material before June 15. There is usually a high concurrency in the last days before the deadline which can affect the uploading capacity. There is no recourse to legal action.

The submission or upload should be accompanied by the following materials:
1. name, email and address of the composer
2. short biography of the composer
3. short text about the composition and the sounds used
4. photography of the composer, if available
All files should be marked with the composerís name.

It is planned to present all submissions throughout the festival from July 14 until 30, 2006.
There will be special audio stations at the ZKM Karlsruhe and the festivalís media center at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Moreover, the Museum of Art in Stuttgart will exclusively open a late night lounge to present a selection of the most inventive »Short Cuts: Beauty«. Other works will be broadcasted through the internetreadio of the German Society for Electroacoustics.

The competition »Short Cuts: Beauty« aims at presenting not only the different aesthetic biases of individual artists, but also the cultural concepts and artistic visions beyond. Thus, the compositions reflect the festivalís topic: »Grenzenlos« refers to the existing and diminishing borders between people from different cultures and singles out the significance of art as a central theme. Is it possible for art to overcome existing borders or to negotiate between them? How do artists in different parts of the world react to the challenges of media, mobility and cultural tradition? Which kind of access do they have to new technologies? How do they define their cultural identity?

More information about »Grenzenlos« on: www.wnmf2006.de

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