[ 1. September 2015 ]

CALL – BEAST FEaST 2016 Call for Works/Talks

Subject: CALL BEAST FEaST 2016 Call for Works/Talks

Von: Scott Wilson

Datum: 1. September 2015

BEAST FEaST 2016 – Real/Unreal

Thursday 28 – Friday 30 April 2016

The University of Birmingham, UK


BEAST invites you to three days of music, meeting, and ideas. As part of

this event, we invite submissions in the form of musical works and

presentations. These may include anything to do with electronic music or

related fields, but in particular we invite submissions relating in some

way to the following theme:


Electronic music exists across the boundary of the physical and the

virtual. The word electroacoustic highlights this contrast, with analog

and digital signals necessarily making the transition between electrical

representation and acoustic reality. Dualities of this nature are

central to practice and thought: concrete/electronic,

insubstantial/solid, acousmatic/synthesised, imaginary/real,

natural/synthetic, abstract/representative, truth/lies, etc., etc.

BEAST FEaST 2016 invites contributions which in some way explore,

exacerbate, blur or dissolve all of these intriguing, challenging,

(ir)relevant, and potentially false oppositions.


Works/performances of electronic music of any style are welcome. Of

particular interest are works for large numbers of channels, but we will

try to accommodate the technical requirements of any accepted work.

Works involving video are welcome, as are works involving live

performance (including instrumentalists), but note that any costs or

fees arising from including performers may need to be borne by the

submitter. Installation submissions are also welcome. While there is no

hard limit on duration, submitters should understand that for practical

reasons, we will be more likely to be able to include shorter works than

longer ones. As well, since we feel that community is a crucial part of

BEAST FEaST, we will prioritise works by artists who can commit to

attending the festival. Works not programmed in BEAST FEaST 2016 may be

included in other BEAST events in this or future seasons.

Online submission system (includes sample system schematics):



For this year we are inviting informal talks in the tradition of TED.

Academic topics are welcome, as are intellectually demanding ones, but

should be pitched for the festival audience rather than a group of

scholars. Talks should be 20 mins in duration, or multiples thereof. The

BEASTdome system (30+ channel periphonic setup) will be available for

these presentations, so multichannel demonstrations are possible and


Online submission system:


DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: Saturday 30 September 2015

Info: beast@contacts.bham.ac.uk (submissions sent to this address rather

than the online system will not be accepted)