Sounds of Power / Listening of Fear . Call for electronic sound works
Call for electronic sound works for Zeppelin 2009 – Sounds of Power /
Listening of Fear
We dedicate Zeppelin 2009 – Sounds of Power / Listening to Fear to
thinking about issues that have been insidiously encircling us for
some time. We are concerned about signs that might suggest we're going
backwards in terms of hard-won social and intellectual achievements
and freedoms. This concern led us to pose the following series of
questions, which we hope will go some way to inspiring the pieces
1. What does it mean to receive and/or give an order?
2. The verbs 'obey' and 'hear' are known to be closely linked. How,
then, should we view a society that appears increasingly ready to obey
without stopping to think? What link is there between obeying and
3. Why do we have a need for absolute truths, even where we know it's
impossible? Why do we think we already know everything? Do we need to
learn techniques or not? Why do we think anyone can do anything?
Shouldn't we respect the ability to do things? To what extent is the
term 'art' relevant or not?
4. In what sense have we moved from alienation at work to alienation
in every, or almost every, sphere in life? Are we losing our awareness
5. What does it mean to talk about control in the name of security?
Don't we feel safe? Why do we allow things to be done in the name of
democracy that we'd condemn in a dictatorship?
6. Does a welfare society mean a growth society? (Cage said: "I don't
know if life is characterised by progress.") Why do we think we live
in the best of worlds?
7. What role or roles do sounds play in a welfare society and a growth
society? Are they related to a loss of privacy? To what extent have
neighbours become a new system of control in the hands of the state?
8. How do we view the fact that our instruments for organising sounds
are linked to instruments designed to control? Is there a relationship
between organising and controlling?
9. At a time when words are being chipped away at until they have a
new meaning set down by law, and people who disagree with the criteria
of others risk being branded as intolerant, how can we unmask this
warped language without discrediting things further?
We invite people interested in sound to think about these questions
and send us their sound works.
The pieces will be played through a system of eight loudspeakers on
10, 11 and 12 December 2009 at the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All works received will be accepted provided they meet the following
1. Pieces should be NO LONGER than ten (10) minutes.
2. The format for the pieces should be WAV or AIFF at 44.1 kHz and 16
bits. Pieces may have up to eight tracks. Each track should be in a
separate file (so a piece with eight tracks should have eight files
each containing a single track).
3. The following documentation should be included:
3.1. Comments on the piece.
3.2. An artistic biography of the author.
3.3. A document signed by the author either giving or refusing
explicit authorisation for the piece to be posted on the internet.
3.4. A document signed by the author giving authorisation for the
piece to form part of the Sonoscop sound art archive.
4. The pieces and documentation should be sent on a CD/DVD by 15
November 2009 to:
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
For more information : firstname.lastname@example.org
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