25 Feb 2018

Spectra 2018 is back in October, Shah Alam

After Spectra 2016 at Publika, Spectra 2018 is back and will be held on 24-26 October, featuring immersive sound performances with visuals and movements from local and international sound / digital artists.

This year's event will be held at the UiTM Faculty Of Music in Shah Alam, Selangor.

About the event:

SPECTRA is an international biennial event, which aims to promote and provide an alternative platform of expression for composers and musicians alike.

It encourages technologically based interaction between the musician (music performers, sound artists, composers), visual artists and the music aficionado while reaching out and establishing networks within the arts industry.

The festival will be used to promote and foster the innovative and creative contemporary culture through experimental and explorative techniques with technology while at the same time introducing and spreading information about the potentials of technological-science applicability within the realm of composition-performance-education in music, digital media production and creative entrepreneur sector.

From Malaysia Electronic Music Festival – SPECTRA 2014, we had rebranded the festival into Malaysia Music Technology Festival, which offers a wide range of music technology based activities and artistic components. The recent festival was held over the course of two days, beginning on 22 until 23 October 2016 at White Box Publika Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur.

With the support from our local and international partners such as Goethe Institute, Birmingham Conservatoire, INTEGRA Lab, Silpakorn University, Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, UNIMAS, Roland Asia Pacific, Yamaha Pro Audio, Redbull Malaysia, Shure Malaysia and Toccata Studio,  SPECTARA offers three core activities;
1) music performance consists of electroacoustic-visual art performances, electronic or synth-visual art performances and sound installations for fixed media featuring works from around the world such as Thailand, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, UK, US and local;

2) exhibition on latest music technology products showcased by music companies and;

3) workshop on music technology based production by professional musician from the industry such as CEE Bass Sekolah and the Venopian Solitude (Red Bull Music Academy alumni).

For more information visit https://spectrafestival.weebly.com


1 Feb 2018

Call for scores: ACL Taiwan festival 2018

Taiwan will be hosting the 35th ACL Festival and Conference in October, 2018. The festival is inviting a call for scores for various sections as detailed below:

Orchestra: 8~12 mins.  Usual instrumentation; may be concertos, but the composers should invite and fully support their soloist(s).

Chinese Orchestra: 8~12 mins.  Instrumentation should be limited within:
4 Gaohu, 4 Erhu I, 4 Erhu II, 6 Zonghu, 4 Gehu, 2 Beigehu, 2 Xiaoruan, 3 Zhongruan, 2 Daruan, 2  Pipa, 2 Yangqin, 1 Guzheng, 1 Gaodi, 2 Zhongdi, 1 Xindi, 2 Soprano Sheng, 1 Alto Sheng, 1  Bass Sheng, 1 Soprano Suona, 1 Alto Suona, 1 Tenor Suona, 4 Percussion

Choral Music: within 8 mins. Chamber Choir with 18 singers:
5 Sopranos, 4 Altos, 4 Tenors, 5 Basses.  With or without piano accompaniment.  Prepared piano is not possible.

Chamber Music for Chinese and Western Instruments: within 10 mins.  For 6~10 players.
Chinese instruments should be limited within: 1 Erhu, 1 Pipa, 1 Di, 1 Sheng, 1 Zheng
Western Instruments should be limited within: 1 Flute/Picc, 1 B♭/A Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Piano.  Prepared piano is not possible.

Chamber Music: within 10 mins.  Instrumentation should be limited within:
1 Flute/Picc, 1 B♭/A Clarinet, 1 Alto Saxophone, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Piano.  Prepared piano is not possible.
A: For 4~5 players
B: For 1~3 players
May include traditional instruments, but the composers should invite and fully support the musician(s).

Percussion Ensemble: within 10 mins.  Up to 6 percussionists.

Electroacoustics/Multimedia: 5~10 mins, works more than 10 mins. will be less considered.
Category: tape music/acousmatic music (up to 8-channel), solo instrument/voice + electronics, ensemble+ electronics (no more than 3 instruments), audio-visual work.

Submission material: recording (CD,DVD), score (if with instrument(s)), technical specifications.

Deadline: all the required material should be RECEIVED by ACL-Taiwan BEFORE March 31, 2018.


Each applicant can submit up to 2 compositions. When a composition is selected to be performed in the festival, the applicant needs to provide a score and parts at no charge, and is responsible for clearing all the performance-related rights of the piece. If the composition includes traditional instruments that cannot be found in Taiwan, the applicant needs to provide the instruments for rehearsal and performing use, and to invite instrumentalists when needed.

2) The 35th ACL Conference and Festival Young Composers Competition
Within 8 mins. A work written for a duet of two heterogeneous instruments, from the following two groups respectively:

Group A: Violin, Viola, Violoncello and Double Bass
Group B: Flute/Picc, Oboe, B♭/A Clarinet and Bassoon

Each ACL country shall select a Young Composer Representative under the age of 30 (born after Oct. 19, 1987), and the score should be received by ACL-Taiwan BEFORE July 1, 2018.

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