5th European Competition for Live-Electronic Music

The ECPNM – European Conference of Promoters of New Music hosts the fifth European competition for the composition and interpretation of live-electronic music projects.
The organising partners of this competition are members of the ECPNM such as:
EULEC in Lüneburg / Hamburg, Germany; MISO Music, Portugal; Gaudeamus Music Week,
the Netherlands, and ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music

The organizers of this competition are looking for project proposals that demonstrate in an innovative way new possibilities for the combination of instruments and live-electronics as well as innovative use of live-electronics with the composer as a performer. A maximum of two projects in each category will be selected by a jury (representatives of the above-mentioned organisations); these projects should be pre-produced by the applicants and will then be premiered at a final concert during the ISCM World New Music Days 2012 on 3 or 4 November at De Singel in Antwerp, Belgium. Further performances will take place during events of the organisations mentioned above in 2013.


Deadline: 1 April 2012

1.        Entry of projects.

  • Entries are possible into 2 categories:
  1. works involving double-bass or electric bass guitar and live-electronics, to be performed by the German double bass player John Eckhardt www.johneckhardt.de the live-electronics part should be developed in a way that the pieces can eventually be performed without the composer being necessarily present; a sound engineer with experience in programmes such as Super collider or Max MSP should be able to perform the piece) . Works for electric bass guitar and live-electronics should first be co-ordinated with the performer John Eckhardt.For more information concerning the instruments or concerning questions of technical requirements/sound engineering please contact John Eckhardt at john.eckhardt@gmx.de
  2. works for live-electronics only or with any traditional instrument and live-electronics, in which composer and performer are the same person
  • The competition is open only to composers with a European citizenship or composers and interpreters living in Europe since at least 10 years.
  • The maximum age of the composer is 40 years.
  • Entries consist of a musical and technical description of the project. The project descriptions should be in English, German or French.
  • The duration of the entered projects should be between 8 and 12 minutes.
  • The projects should be fit for performance using a stereo or quadraphonic loudspeaker system (PA- and video equipment is provided by the concert hall); furthermore the composers should be able to bring their own performance material / instrument / equipment.
  • The use of video or image is allowed.
  • The proposed project should be a new work. The entry however should include a presentation of previous work(s) of the composer (by means of live-recordings on CD or DVD or in another digital version).
  • Furthermore the entry should include a biography of the composer, address, date of birth.


Entries which do not fully apply to the conditions mentioned above will not be considered by the jury.


2.        Selection of projects

A jury, consisting of representatives of the above-mentioned organising partners, will study the proposals and will select a maximum of six projects for performance. The selected projects will be pre-produced by the selected composers and premiered at one of the ECPNM-members’ festivals in the fall of 2012 (to be confirmed). After the performance one project will be selected as prize winner.

During the seasons 2012/2013/2014 the prize-winning project will be programmed by the organising partners; further performances (possibly also including those of the other selected projects) may be possible at activities of other members of the ECPNM.



Deadline for entry of projects is: 1 April 2012.


Entries should be sent to:

ECPNM, Loevenhoutsedijk 301, 3552 XE Utrecht, the Netherlands

Tel.+31.30.8200111, e-mail info@ecpnm.com, www.ecpnm.com