CTM, the festival and platform for adventurous music and art, is inviting applications for two open calls: the CTM Radio Lab, and Kontinuum 2022.
CTM Radio Lab
Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has commissioned new works that explore the intersection of radio with live performance or installation within the context of the festival’s yearly theme.
The call is open to artists worldwide whose work relates to fields of experimental music, sound art, radio art, new radio drama, and performance. The commissioned works will premiere at CTM 2022 Festival in Berlin (21 January – 6 February 2022), and will be subsequently broadcast in Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme in spring 2022 in the form of a 40–55 minute radio show. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Service) will also present the works via one or more of its platforms.
Projects must clearly explore the potentials of combining radio and live performance / installation; proposals that simply mention the creation of a radio version following a live showing will not be given priority. Projects must equally respond to CTM 2022’s theme of Contact, and to the special Covid-19 conditions with alternative formats which work remotely or maintain social distancing.
Two selected works will be supported by a production budget/fee of 5000 EUR each. Technical/staging costs for CTM and for possible presentations at ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival will be covered additionally, upon discussion with the organisers. Should an in-person presentation be possible, additional travel expenses to Berlin and lodging during the festival period will also be discussed.
Reflecting the heavy influence of digital and social media in our daily lives, the Kontinuum commission by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, and CTM Festival departs from the multiple and contradicting streams of information that shape increasingly complex and contested realities by offering one artist (or a team of artists) the chance to modulate a single audio stream over the period of one year.
The Kontinuum open call invites composers, musicians, and sound explorers to submit proposals for a generative audio stream to be streamed 24/7 over the period of 365 days. The call is open to artists from all over the world, with proven experience in generative music composition and streaming/broadcasting technology. The term ‘generative music’ is meant in the sense of an audio work that is constantly evolving and created by a system (e.g. algorithms, machine learning, automation, or other autonomous processes that run and evolve independently over time).
The stream should have a narrative quality in the broadest sense of the term, with special attention paid to how the stream/sound piece develops over time in a compelling way; priority is given to works with an interesting sonic evolution over time. We encourage applicants to submit sonic sketches that give an idea of how the work will sound, as this will greatly enhance the quality of your application. The work should also refer to the CTM 2022 Contact theme.
The selected Kontinuum commission will begin streaming in conjunction with CTM Festival 2022 (21 January – 6 February 2022), and will run until the end of the year. The artist(s) might present their work in the form of a talk and listening session at CTM Festival. Further artistic presentations and formats within CTM (e.g. sound installation, performance, or similar event) may be discussed with the organisers but are not a condition of the commission, nor guaranteed.
The selected work will be awarded a 7000 EUR honorarium, which includes the presentation at CTM, and any costs related to collaborators, materials purchase, software maintenance, etc.