International sonic arts award

PIARS opens first edition

9 December 2012

New sound art contest from the Italian lands of Rome which opened its doors for applicants just a few days ago in what they’re calling PIARS (Premio Internazionale Arti Sonore, aka Int. Sonic Arts Award).

PIARS awards
PIARS awards

A few Italian cultural associations (SoundEX and moorroom amongst a few others) are collaborating together in this award aimed at the production and promotion of sonic arts at an international level.

A first edition structured in 4 main categories each giving the possibility to earn a 500€ cash prize and in addition there will be a LABEL PRIZE: the FRATTO9 record company will select one artist from the shortlist to release a CD on their label. So what about those 4 categories?

Starting with “Sound Art” (for sonic installation pieces, including multi-channel work, followed by “Experimental Music” (pieces that must not exceed a maximum duration of 10 min and includes works of all kind of sonic research including improvisation on acoustic instruments, electronic instruments, live electronics and computers. Then we have  “Acousmatic Music” (for sound compositions in digital form or on magnetic tape which have been composed in the studio and played through speakers without the intervention of live musicians. And finally what they’re calling “Soundscapes” (for compositions which use sound recordings created through the editing, mixing and processing of the environmental sound source).

Submissions are open until January 31st and winners will be announced next May, and while having a registration fee (int his case 25€) could be an obstacle especially for young artists, this kind of contests are always welcome. More information on their webpage and facebook page.

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