Speculative Sound Synthesis Symposium 2024 - Call for Contributions

Speculative Sound Synthesis Symposium 2024
26 - 28 September 2024, Graz, Austria
Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Deadline: 2024-05-03

Speculative Sound Synthesis deals with the relationship between technology and artistic thinking in computer music. It attempts to productively destabilize this relationship by artistically questioning the standards of sound synthesis.

The symposium program will feature two keynote presentations by invited speakers M. Beatrice Fazi (Contingent Computation, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and You Nakai (Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor’s Music, Oxford University Press, 2020)

Call for Contributions

We are looking for artistic research contributions that investigate speculative approaches to sound synthesis, computation, and music technology. These contributions should explore aesthetic positions that offer alternative perspectives to standardized ways of thinking and creating. The symposium aims to unite speculative approaches that make computational processes perceptible and address the tension between contingency and control in artistic practice.


Registration to the Symposium is free and open to all. Authors, artists, and composers of accepted submission must register before 2024-06-16. General audience can register until 2024-09-01. Register by sending an email to speculative@iem.at. In case of need for family services and/or childcare, please indicate your interest when registering.

Contribution Formats

We welcome proposals that use a variety of formats, such as (but not limited to) live-performance, lecture-performance, paper presentation, fixed-media, installation, workshop, exhibition of objects/sounds etc.

All submissions will be published online in a dedicated section of the project’s webpage. A selection of authors will be invited to contribute to an edition of “ECHO - journal of music, thought and technology” (https://echo.orpheusinstituut.be/) dedicated to Speculative Sound Synthesis, co-edited by organizers of the symposium and members of the Orpheus Institute.

All information on how to submit is available at: Call for contributions | Speculative Sound Synthesis Symposium 2024 .

Important dates

Registration open: 2024-02-14
Deadline call for submissions: 2024-05-03
Notification of acceptance: 2024-05-31
Registration closes: 2024-06-16
Camera-ready submissions: 2024-06-30
Symposium starts: 2024-09-26
Symposium ends: 2024-09-28

The symposium will take place in Graz as part of the artistic research project Speculative Sound Synthesis, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) within the program for Arts-based research PEEK (AR 713-G). It is hosted by the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG).

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