Masterclasses on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition in Vienna, Austria


Sounds Around Me Festival
Ukrainian Institute, in partnership with The Acousmatic Project (Vienna, Austria), announces a call for applications for international Masterclasses on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition which will be held in Vienna on 24-28 September 2019 as part of the annual Sounds Around Me Festival, organized by The Acousmatic Project.
The programme of the Masterclasses includes a series of workshops, individual classes, public lectures and concerts by four leading composers, involved as mentors: Annette Vande Gorne (Belgium), Thomas Gorbach (Austria), Jaime Reis (Portugal), and Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine).

Masterclasses will result in a concert programme featuring works by mentors and students. The concerts will involve the acousmonium – a multichannel system that includes 40 speakers specially created by Thomas Gorbach, the founder of The Acousmatic Project, and his counterpart, Marco Schretter.

The project is aimed at creating a platform for systematic professional exchange between representatives of music sectors of Ukraine, Austria and other countries, establishing new contacts as well as presentations of music of Ukrainian composers on the modern acousmatic stage of Vienna.

The project is a part of the bilateral Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019.


Forms of participation:

  • The selected finalists will be able to join the Masterclasses as active participants or listeners. The choice has to be indicated in the application.
  • Within the framework of Masterclasses, each of the four mentors will present a certain thematic direction in which his or her students will work.
  • Each of the active participants must choose one of the mentors as a curator.

Active participation format includes:

  • Two classes with a mentor of choice. During the individual classes, participants will work on the composition that will be performed at one of the final concerts.Other participants can attend as listeners.
  • Three consultation classes with other mentors.
  • Possibility to attend classes of other participants as a listener.
  • Workshops by mentors in four thematic areas.
  • Performing the participant's composition at one of the final concerts

All active participants will have an opportunity to write a composition of up to 10 minutes which will be performed at the concerts during the Sounds Around Me Festival. It is possible to work on an already existing composition and perform it at the concerts. Optionally, participants may use one acoustic instrument in a composition. The list of available instruments will be released at the time of announcing the results.


Participation as a listener includes:

  • Possibility to attend classes of active participants as listener;
  • Possibility to take part in workshops in four thematic areas;
  • Free tickets to all concerts and all other events of the Sound Around Me Festival.
The working language of each class and workshop is English, but can be negotiated so that it were understood by all participants. The language of all public lectures is English.


Terms of participation:

  1. Participation in the Masterclasses is free for all selected finalists.
  2. Application is open to citizens of any country, nationality and age and have at least some experience in the field of electroacoustic music.English language proficiency at the B1 level is desirable but optional.
  3. Organizers will cover travel and accommodation costs in Vienna for five selected participants who are citizens of Ukraine permanently residing on its territory.
  4. The participants of the Masterclasses will be selected through an open call.
  5. Participants are selected jointly by mentors. The selection process is moderated by representatives of the Ukrainian Institute and The Acousmatic Project.
  6. Participants requiring a visa to enter the territory of the Republic of Austria may receive invitations from the organizers upon request. For such participants, the organizers will send an invitation to participate in the Masterclasses to obtain a permit document.
  7. The following categories are not eligible to participate: a) persons who are forbidden to enter the Republic of Austria; b) persons who have submitted the application after the deadline; c) persons who do not meet the requirements specified in the open call.
  8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organizers reserve the right to make changes to the Masterclasses' programme components with the obligatory public announcement of such changes and personal informing the involved participants.


How to apply:

To apply for the Masterclasses, please send an email to programmes@ui.org.ua with the subject "SoundsAroundMe_LastName_FirstName" no later than June 2, 2019, 23:59 GMT + 2.

Please attach to the letter:
  1. A filled-in application form (please find it here), titled "FirstName_LastName_Application_SoundsAroundMe". In the application form, among other things, it is necessary to specify a link to 1-3 own compositions in the appropriate paragraph.
  2. Short bio in English up to 2 pages (pdf file, titled "FirstName_LastName_CV_SoundsAroundMe").

The announcement of winners will take place on 25 June 2019 through The Acousmatic Project and Ukrainian Institute websites.
All participants will be as well personally informed.

For inquiries, please send an email to programmes@ui.org.ua with the subject SoundsAroundMe.


Venues involved as partners:

Academy of fine Arts Vienna

Lehárgasse 8 1060 Vienna
University of Music and Performing arts Vienna
Institute of electroacoustic music
Rinößlgasse 12 1050 Vienna
Klangraum Fröbelgasse
Fröbelgasse 30 1160 Vienna
Echoraum
Sechshauserstrasse 66 1150 Vienna
Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien
Schönlaterngasse 9 1010 Vienna
Mentors and thematic areas
Writing acousmatic music on fixed media and multiphony
Mentor: Annette Vande Gorne, Belgium
Working languages: French, English

Workshop topic: Energy models, techniques using montage, techniques combining sounds and transformation techniques, categories of space.
Artist Talk: Acousmatic music, historical continuity or split-up?

Annette Vande Gorne (born 1946, Charleroi, Belgium) is a Belgian composer of acousmatic music. She studied at the Paris Conservatory by Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel.
She founded the Association de Musiques et Recherches and the Métamorphoses d'Orphée studios at Ohain, Belgium.
Annette Vande Gorne also launched a series of concerts and an acousmatic festival called L'Espace du son in Brussels since 1984.
Since 1986 she has taught at leading musical academies in Liège, Brussels and Mons, Belgium. In the Royal conservatory of Mons, she founded a electroacoustic section with 14 teachers.
Spatialization. Ephemeral dynamic motion sound sculptures. Working with the acousmonium.
Mentor: Thomas Gorbach, Austria
Working language: English, German, French

Workshop topic: Creating ephemeral dynamic motion sound sculptures with the Vienna Acousmonium.
Artist Talk: The development of the ephemer dynamic motion sound sculptures with the Vienna Acousmonium.

Thomas Gorbach (born 1966 in West Austria) is an Austrian composer of acousmatic music. He studied composition, conductor's work and oboe in Switzerland.
In 1996 moved to Vienna to study Analysis, Interpretation, and Composition of Electroacoustic Music at the Electronic Music Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Since 2006 lectured in Electroacoustic Music at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2007, Thomas Gorbach started to build up Austria`s first acousmonium — The Vienna Acousmonium — with concert series specialized on Acousmatic Music.
Thomas Gorbach is a winner of the first prize for the interpretation of Acousmatic Music at the Concours de Spatialisation 2012, Musiques & Recherches, Brussels.
Electroacoustic compositions with musical instruments
Mentor: Alla Zagaykevych, Ukraine
Working languages: French, Ukrainian, English

Workshop topic: Electroacoustic composition with instruments as an interactive process.
Artist Talk: Electroacoustic music in Ukraine.

Alla Zagaikevych (born 1966, in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian contemporary classical music composer, performance artist, cultural manager, musicologist.
In 1995-1996 she attended annual course for composition and musical informatics at the Institut IRCAM (Paris).
Since 1998 she is a lecturer at the Composition and Music Information Technologies' Department of the Kyiv National Music Academy of Ukraine, where she founded the electroacoustic music studio.
Alla Zagaykevych is an Artistic Director of international projects of electroacoustic music in Kyiv: "Electroacoustics" (since 2003), "EM-VISIA" (since 2005).
Since 2010, she is the head of the Association of Electroacoustic Music at the National Composers` Union Organization of Ukraine.
Musica Nova International Competition's Winner (2011).
Mixed media electroacoustic music
Mentor: Jaime Reis, Portugal
Working languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French.

Workshop topic: Mixed music as an evolving dialogue.
Artist Talk: Mixed music in my musical practice: dialogues, 'mikrophonie' and 'sound beams'.

Jaime Reis (born 1983, Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese composer. During his studying, attended seminars with Karlheinz Stockhausen and worked with Emmanuel Nunes.
His music has been presented over more than 20 countries, both instrumental and electroacoustic.
He has collaborated with institutions and ensembles such as IRCAM, KCMD, Musik Fabrik, ZKM, Aleph Guitar Quartet Musiques & Recherches. Since 2003 Jaime Reis is an artistic director of the DME Festival – Electroacoustic Music Days (having 60 editions). Now, he's Professor in the Superior School of Applied Arts Castelo Branco, Portugal and in the Superior Music School of Lisbon. Director of art space "Lisboa Incomum".