Music in Architecture - Architecture in Music - Design and Composition Competition

The purpose of this Competition is to encourage dialogue between musicians and architects world over, while offering students and professionals in these and related fields the opportunity to garner recognition for creative work that integrates their arts at the deepest levels.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage , Onymous
Genre Installation
Country Austin, United States
RegDeadline 15 April 2011 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
17 May 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility National and international professionals and students in the fields of music composition and architectural design

Entrants may choose one of two modes of exploring the music and architecture relationship in the form of a performance:
Mode 1 (Music in Architecture): asks for proposals for the design of a temporary indoor or outdoor installation that will function as an acoustical performance space for an original piece of music to be composed and played by the composer and/or musicians as needed (musicians to be provided, if necessary, by the Butler School of Music). The idea is to bring out or challenge the acoustical, visual, functional, and/or conceptual properties of a particular space (listed below), transforming the experience of that space into one that showcases the synergy between music and architecture, and brings it into the public realm. Winners of Mode 1 Stage One—six to eight in number—will be required to construct and perform their pieces at the Symposium on October 19, 2011.
Mode 2 (Architecture in Music): Here composers are asked to propose music whose compositional basis is architectural in its origin or conceptual structure, and/or in the way it creates spaces/edifices in the listener’s mind, and/or how it avails itself of the several analogies between musical and architectural phenomena (e.g. rhythm, sequence, proportionality, texture, ascent/descent, emotional tonus, transparency, weight…). The architect in this collaboration is imagined to provide experience with, and insights into architecture’s long engagement with abstract representations of itself and its context. He or she may also provide a visual component to the proposal, e.g. video projection, stage effects. Winners of Mode 2 Stage One—six to eight in number—will be required to install and perform their pieces at the Symposium on October 20, 2011. The Symposium organizers have set aside a modest amount of money to help with installation costs and equipment rentals for the twelve to sixteen final performances in October at the Symposium, and will work to help recruit proficient musicians drawn from the School of Music and the Austin music community if needed.
Some entrants to the Competition may wish to blend Modes 1 and 2. This is acceptable, and a challenge, but not necessary. In the event that a winning performance is a blend, judges will decide in which category to give the award. Judges will give no preference to any particular genre or style of music or architecture.

Judges for Stage One: Michael Benedikt, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Glenn Chandler, Edward Pearsall, Carl Matthews, Travis Weller, and Danelle Briscoe, with input from the caretakers of the Sites
Judges for Stage Two: Paul Dresher, Michael Rotondi, Michael Benedikt, Glenn Chandler, Marcos Novak, and Yevgeniy Sharlat

Mode 1:
A first prize: $1000
A second prize: $750
A third prize: $500
Mode 2:
A first prize: $1000
A second prize: $750
A third prize: $500

Entry Fee
$20 before March 22, 2011
$40.00 between March 22 and April 15, 2011

Presentation Board: One (1) Portrait format, 24" x 36" (60cm x 90cm)
A 5 minute music sample of the final score proposal
Curriculum Vitae of all team members
A printed Statement, no longer than 1000 words

Submission Address
MIA•AIM Competition
Center for American Architecture and Design
1 University Station B7500
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712 U.S.

Beginning rehearsals for Stage One winners: no later than October 1, 2011
Performances of winning entries at the Symposium: October 19, 2011, noon to 10 p.m., and October 20, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

The Center for American Architecture and Design and The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin

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