a competition of musical composition for the moving image
The Edison Studio collective, with the support of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) for the project “SIAE – Classics of Today”, and with the collaboration of the Cineteca di Bologna (Film Archive of Bologna) and the Romaeuropa Festival 2017, announces the “Sounds of Silences” international competition of musical composition for the moving image. The aim of the competition is to stimulate musical creativity in its interaction with the audiovisual media, particularly for the reinterpretation of historical silent films and the creation of new soundtracks for them, with a special concern for timbre in instrumental, electronic and electroacoustic music of today.
In the preliminary stage of the competition entrants must submit an audiovisual work the musical part of which they themselves have composed, which must be sent by 15th May 2017. An international jury consisting by Simon Atkinson (composer and lecturer at Media School, DMU University Leicester, U.K.), Brett Battey (composer, visual artist, and reader at Media School, DMU University Leicester, U.K.), Andrew Bentley (composer and professor of Music Technology at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki), Anders Mattias Bye (composer, pianist and author of soundtracks for silent movies), Giulio Latini (Professor of Multimedia Communication at Università di Tor Vergata – Rome), Kent Olofsson (composer and professor at Inter Arts Center – Lund University, Svezia), Paolo Pachini (composer. video-artist and professor of Audiovisual composition at Conservatory of Music – Trieste), Barry Truax (composer and professor at Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada) will then select five finalists among the entrants, who will be invited to create a soundtrack for a medium-length movie from the silent film era chosen by Edison Studio in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna.
The 2017 edition is dedicated to Buster Keaton’s movies.
This work must be completed and sent by 20th of October 2017. An international jury consisting of Monique Veaute (the president of the jury and the president of Romaeuropa art and culture foundation), Alvin Curran (composer), Andrea Ravagnan (Cineteca di Bologna), Andrew Bentley (composer) and Giulio Latini (Multimedia Communication professor at “Tor Vergata” University of Rome), will award cash prizes to the finalists during a public event scheduled for 28th of October as part of Romaeuropa Festival 2017 at Macro Testaccio La Pelanda , Rome.
The total prize money to be awarded amounts to € 6,000. The competition is open to all composers of any nationality born after 31/12/1981. Participation in the competition can be either individual or collective.
The organizers of the Sounds of Silences competition hope that the finalists will make a valid contribution towards redefining the meaning, aesthetics and conceptual structures of cinema before the advent of soundtracks, not simply by “accompanying” the images on the screen, but by revealing their original hidden content, thereby giving a new voice to what was previously silent.
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