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Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, Graz

Speculative Sound Synthesis - Call for works

Speculative Sound synthesis is inviting submissions of experimental works in the fields of computer music, electronic, music, and sound art. We are seeking artistic works which question, challenge, criticize, deconstruct, re-compose, re-formulate, shift, dis-place, endanger or reject established standards in sound synthesis.

Speculative Sound Synthesis is an artistic research project by David Pirrò, Luc Döbereiner, Ji Youn Kang and Leonie Strecker. The project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and based at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.
The project challenges established patterns of interaction between technology and artistic practice. While standardized processes in computer music are analyzed, destabilized and reshaped through speculation, the project’s central aim is to create spaces for new aesthetic potentials in the practice of experimental music.

Applicants should send a proposal for an artistic work: i.e. an
electroacoustic or acoustic composition, an installation, a piece of software, a live-performance, a text, or any combination thereof. The proposed work should display aspects of artistic research by making the scientific, philosophical, technological or artistic aspects, choices and references explicit in whichever form the artists might deem suitable. In order to share their work with the artistic research community, during their working period artists will be asked to document their working process and its results in an appropriate form. The three selected artists will each receive a commission of €3000 for a new work to be completed during two consecutive months in 2024 (exact dates to be discussed individually). During this time, they will be an active part of the ongoing artistic research project Speculative Sound Synthesis and will discuss and exchange ideas with its team. Furthermore, they are offered the possibility to present their work/research in a public concert or lecture at the IEM.

How to apply:
Please send us your application via email at including:
- a project proposal (500-1000 words)
- 2 to 3 links to examples of your work
- curriculum vitae
- availability in 2024 and preferred working period

Deadline: 31st January 2024

More information about the project can be found on our website:

For any  question, please contact us via

We are looking forward to your application!

“Speculative Sound Synthesis” is funded by the Austrian Science Fund




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