Sound Thought 2019 - Call for Submissions

Sound Thought 2019: Signal
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
February 15 – 17, 2019

Sound Thought is an annual festival of music and sound research, composition, and performance run by postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow.

Following from our event in November, the theme, “Signal” will continue to be explored by exhibiting works contextualised by the following subthemes:

Signs of change
Signalling new forms of expression in music and the arts; cultural trends

Communication and protest
New methods of communication and collaboration in the face of adversity

Analog and digital signals
Developments in technology and their integration into practice and research

Sound Thought draws artists, researchers, and practitioners from across the UK and internationally, and is particularly concerned with establishing dialogue and collaboration between academic institutions and broader arts communities.

Call for Submissions and Proposals

Sound Thought welcomes submissions from postgraduate researchers, academics, professionals, and practitioners of music, sound art, and electronic and audiovisual media, as well as from artists in other fields.

Submission of papers, lecture-recitals, workshops, installations, performances, and fixed-media works are welcome. If you have an additional form or idea, please feel free to contact us to discuss your idea. We also welcome the submission of works currently in progress.

Please complete an application form available from and send to Multiple submissions are welcome – please submit a form for each individual submission.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is January 14, 2019.

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Submission Guidelines

Please complete a submission form in order to provide us an idea of your work and how it relates to the theme. Proposals should include:

- An excerpt from, or the complete work you are proposing OR
- An example of your previous work

Please include a link in the body of your email to where the work can be streamed or send as an attachment via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Please submit for consideration proposals for any of the following:

Individual or joint papers should be approximately twenty minutes, allowing an additional ten minutes for questions. Lecture-recitals can be up to forty-five minutes in duration.

Interactive workshops up to one hour in duration.

Audiovisual and sound works which can be looped on individual monitors or media players with headphones as listening stations in the CCA foyer. There is a corridor which could also house an installation – please get in touch for further information about this space.

Live performances of works of any style (acoustic, audiovisual, acousmatic, etc.) are encouraged. Performances should not exceed approximately thirty minutes (multiple shorter works are also welcomed).

Please note that we do not have access to an acoustic piano.

Acousmatic/electroacoustic works, audiovisual works, and field recordings of up to 15 minutes’ duration are welcomed. A variable sound diffusion system is available for electroacoustic works, as is equipment for presenting audiovisual work.

Venue Technical Specifications
Please feel free to get in touch regarding the CCA’s technical specifications. Sound Thought 2019 will take place in the theatre and cinema spaces.

Delegate Fee
Please note that if you are accepted, there is a delegate fee of £10 to help cover technical costs and documentation, as this is a student-run festival. We are unable to provide artists fees or travel and accommodation expenses, but are more than happy to provide letters of acceptances for funding purposes.

15 Jan 2019