Call for One Page Scores

On the occa­sion of the Cana­di­an New Music Net­work Forum 2012 Jan­u­ary 19 — 22 in Van­cou­ver, BC, the Van­cou­ver New Music will facil­i­tate a per­for­mance involv­ing the Van­cou­ver Elec­tron­ic Ensem­ble (VEE) and VNM Com­mu­ni­ty Ensem­ble on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 20, 8pm at the Djavad Mowafaghi­an World Art Cen­tre, SFU Woodward’s, 149 Hast­ings Street, Vancouver.

In an effort to stim­u­late col­lab­o­ra­tion and dia­logue between dif­fer­ent music com­mu­ni­ties, we invite musi­cians, com­posers and sound thinkers who plan to attend Forum 2012 to sup­ply us with just one page of mate­r­i­al con­ceived for a mix of unde­ter­mined acoustic and elec­tron­ic instru­ments. The two ensem­bles will then use the mate­r­i­al to elab­o­rate each sub­mis­sion into a per­for­mance piece.

Each of the two ensem­bles includes musi­cians from very diverse musi­cal back­grounds — clas­si­cal­ly trained, self-taught, impro­vis­ers, etc. Not all of the ensem­ble mem­bers are West­ern nota­tion read­ers. The one-page score can be any­thing fromgraph­ic to notat­ed and beyond and in between, while con­sid­er­ing the nature of the ensembles.

With­in the ensem­bles, exper­i­men­ta­tion is ful­ly embraced as a pri­ma­ry activ­i­ty toward estab­lish­ing cre­ative prac­tices that imply the con­struc­tion of mod­els of pos­si­ble music (s). Both groups should be defined as the instru­ment for explor­ing and expe­ri­enc­ing an idea of knowl­edge and for inves­ti­gat­ing per­cep­tion and rep­re­sent­ing philo­soph­i­cal sys­tems or mod­els of nature with­out fix­ing any a pri­ori def­i­n­i­tion. These activ­i­ties are based on an inter­ac­tion­al and process-ori­ent­ed approach of sound mak­ing and music prax­is where­in style-ele­ments are cre­at­ed con­tin­u­ous­ly in func­tion of time and con­text and beyond any kind of sen­ti­men­tal or aes­thet­ic approach.

A ran­dom selec­tion of one-page scores from artists reg­is­tered to attend Forum 2012 will be per­formed Jan­u­ary 20, 2011. VEE will gen­er­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for pre­sen­ta­tion, per­for­mance or instal­la­tion of pos­si­bly all the sub­mit­ted one-page scores beyond this ini­tial presentation.

Submission Guidelines

  1. one-page score should be sub­mit­ted on one let­ter size (8.5x11) black and white page via email as PDF attach­ment with the sub­ject head­ing “one-page score” score title, com­pos­er full name and loca­tion to be includ­ed in email body
  2. Email to
  3. Dead­line: Decem­ber 30, 2011 at mid­night (PST)

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