OSEMP 2014

osemp-blue-smallOXFORD/SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRIZE

The Music Faculty at the University of Oxford and leading audio specialist Sennheiser UK are pleased to announce the first Oxford/Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize [OSEMP]. OSEMP has been developed as an annual event to help promote innovative and communicative electronic music composition in the UK.

Sennheiser, known for their long-standing support of various educational bodies, have provided generous prizes for first, second and third place. Finalists will be notified in October 2014 and will then be invited to take part in the OSEMP showcase event in Oxford on 8th November 2014, with the three winners being announced at the conclusion of the concert, partly on the basis of their performances.

Finalists will also receive a vinyl copy of patten’s ESTOILE NAIANT, kindly donated by Warp Records.

Confirmed jury panel members for the event include notable electro-acoustic composers, Natasha Barrett, Martyn Harry and Trevor Wishart.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDE:

  • The competition is open to composers based in the UK.
  • Deadline for submission is 31 August 2014.
  • Entrants must be under 35 years of age on 31 August 2014.
  • Submission can be made for either fixed media (studio composition) or live electronics (performance).
  • All submissions should consist of a stereo .wav recording of the complete piece, accompanied by a programme note of no more than 500 words that explains the specific aesthetic, formal and technical ideas that shaped the composition, and should explain how it’s sounds were created. This text is needed simply to enhance the adjudicators’ understanding of the piece.
  • The composers selected for the OSEMP final must supervise the diffusion of their composition in the concert at the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building in Oxford on 8th November 2014. The pieces can at this stage be presented in either stereo or multi-channel formats (up to 8 channels, inc 5.1 and 7.1).
  • Compositions must not exceed 10 minutes in duration.
  • Only one submission per entrant.
  • All applications must be sent via www.wetransfer.com (or equivalent web file transfer service) in 1 single ZIP file to the email: osemp@music.ox.ac.uk
  • The ZIP file title should be the Title of the Piece.
  • The ZIP file should contain 3 files inside a single folder:

i.     1 Text file (.doc, .txt, .rtf or .pdf) with a short biography, contact information, as well as information about the piece (methods used, concept, etc.)

ii.     1 Proof of Age and their status as a UK resident/student(a scanned image of student ID or other document containing this information)

iii.     1 Audio file:  .WAV format 16bit 44,1kHz containing the stereo version of the piece

iv.     In case of works with more than two channels and works involving live electronics, please submit a .wav stereo version and a programme note alongside a plan that presents the set-up for your piece.

 

 PRIZES:

Sennheiser UK have generously provided the following:

  • 1st Prize: HD800 Headphones + Neumann TLM 103 Microphone + HD25 monitoring headphones with LimitEar® HDM® Pro.
  • 2nd Prize: HD25 monitoring headphones with LimitEar® HDM® Pro + MK4 Microphone + MKS4 Cradle.
  • 3rd Prize: HD25 monitoring headphones with LimitEar® HDM® Pro.

Finalists will also receive a vinyl copy of patten’s ESTOILE NAIANT, kindly donated by Warp Records.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • All initial submissions must be: stereo, .wav, 44.1kHz, 16-bit format.
  • For multi-channel works and works involving live electronics, please submit a .wav stereo version and a programme note alongside a plan that presents the set-up for your piece. If your piece is selected for the final, we will ask you to provide multi-channel stems. Composers working with live electronics should use their own equipment for generating live sonic material for the concert. In each case, we reserve the right not to select a composition for the final showcase if we judge that it is impractical to put on.
  • Composers retain all copyright of submitted works, but by participating they concede the right for OSEMP to utilize the work free of charge for the purposes of promotion.  This may include transmission of said material via Internet channels but will not include the commercial exploitation or distribution of the work.
  • Any television, radio and broadcasts of the OSEMP award submissions, for the promotion of the artists or the prize itself through marketing and communication are authorised by the artist without any additional obligation for the organization and without prior request of consent from the artist.
  • Submission by participants attests to the originality of the composition.
  • The University of Oxford and Sennheiser UK reserve the right to make changes to the competition guidelines as necessary.

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