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Rote Hund Muzik / DawgBytes Interactive Commission Call-for-proposals

Rote Hund Muzik, the new music ensemble at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, in conjunction with DawgBytes (the UGA electronic music ensemble), is commissioning a new work for chamber ensemble and interactive electronics for premiere in March 2019. The selected composer will receive a $1,500 fee, as well as travel and lodging funds to attend the premiere on March 26, 2019 at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Deadline for submissions is July 15. There is no submission fee. The commission recipient will be announced by August 1st, 2018. The deadline for the work will be January 30, 2019.

The proposed work should integrate technology into performance in ambitious ways, and may draw from the following musician forces:

  • 3-7 musicians from the following instrumentation: violin (1), cello (1), flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute (1), clarinet/bass clarinet (1), bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, contrabass, piano, percussion (2).
  • 1-5 musicians performing live electronics: available software/hardware may include laptops, tablets, phones, various mics/interfaces, stereo or quadraphonic sound, video projection, ROLI Seaboard Rise and/or blocks (4), Korg nanokontrol/nanopads, Max, Ableton, SuperCollider, Isadora, etc. Hardware/software needs not listed may be acquired (if not prohibitively expensive) for the performance.

To apply, please create a Google Drive folder with the following materials, and share the drive folder with danczcenter@uga.edu:

  • 2-3 scores of your work (one of which should highlight chamber writing and one of which proficiency with use of live electronics). For works with no score, please include a document with any relevant details about the piece.
  • A document including your contact information and links to recordings (audio or video).
  • Links to streamed files (SoundCloud, YouTube, etc) are preferred. Upload files to the folder if you must.
  • A brief biographical sketch or resume (2 page max).
  • A 1-2 page proposal for a new work. Include details about the piece, how it will use technology, and how the performance of the piece will be a valuable learning experience for an advanced student chamber ensemble / electronic music ensemble collaboration.

The selected composer must commit to attending the premiere (we'll cover your travel and lodging). We are interested in cultivating repertoire for chamber ensemble that allows composers in an electroacoustic/interactive medium to exercise full creative freedom over the technological elements of the piece, without “scaling back” the technology to be more accessible/practical to ensembles. There are no time requirements on the completed work, but please include a rough estimated length in your proposal.

Before submitting materials, please note that the selected composer will have only 6 months to compose the piece. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of UGA faculty and students. Current and former UGA students and faculty are ineligible. Otherwise, composers at all levels of their careers are invited to submit.  

Rote Hund Muzik is a contemporary chamber ensemble made up of advanced graduate student performers at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Recent repertoire includes Shoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Melinda Wagner’s Wick, David Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Steve Reich’s Double Sextet, among others.

DawgBytes is a student electronic music ensemble at UGA, drawing largely from current and former students of the Interactive Music course offered each year. The electronic music ensemble performed at SEAMUS 2017 national conference, and regularly at the Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music at UGA.

 

For inquiries, contact Dr. Peter Van Zandt Lane at pvzl@uga.edu