Call for Proposals for Audio Podcast in Germany

Deadline: 30 August 2013
Open to: artists in the field of experimental music, sound art, new radio drama, and performance
Grant: The selected work will be equipped with a production budget/fee of  5000 EUR


The call for proposals is open to artists in experimental music, sound art, new radio drama, and performance fields. The organizers seek unusual ideas for coupling the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation. The commissioned work will be presented both as a Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcast and as a performance or installation at CTM Festival in Berlin (24 January – 2 February, 2014). Furthermore it will be presented at ORF musikprotokoll Festival in Graz, Austria, and as a broadcast within the ORF Ö1 program, with possibilities for further exposure at events presented by ECAS/ICAS partnering members.

Project proposals should be built around the theme, “Ubiquitous Art and Sound”. Today, digital technologies are revolutionizing the treatment of sound and opening up new dimensions of acoustic space. Technically-designed sounds are increasingly prevalent in both music and everyday life, gaining mobility and increased relevance in all fields and becoming available everywhere, at any time.

Contemporary developments in media not only assign technical and cultural sounds a stronger presence than ever before; they generally direct new attention toward everyday sound signatures originating from natural, technical, and cultural sources alike. This new attention also manifests in a growing interest in sound ecology and the protection of certain environments from invasive sound. A consciousness of the power of the acoustic in the ways we experience specific spaces, environments or socio-spatial relations is emerging, as is an attunement to the irritating effects arising from the disruption of such normative acoustic spaces and their interactions. Radio has been crucial in paving the way for the omnipresence and mobility of sounds today. It is now time to challenge these foundations from a contemporary perspective and explore their productivity in new ways.

The organizers are interested in artistic works and experimental approaches to sound that reflect critically and creatively on these developments, analyzing and manipulating the compositional elements of individual or collective sound environments – from various media spheres to urban and natural areas, concert halls, clubs, living spaces, and the imaginary – and exploring their interconnectivity in performance.

Proposed projects should explore the artistic potential of hybrid formats, inspiring dialogue between the creative possibilities of live and radio forms. The radio version of the work should ideally allow for a length of 40-55 minutes.

Schedule for submission, selection and implementation:

  • Deadline for submission: August 30, 2013;
  • Announcement of jury decision: September 10, 2013;
  • Production phase with intermediate working period in Berlin (negotiable): September 2013 – January 2014;
  • Performance at CTM.14 Festival: January 24 to February 2, 2014;
  • Deutschlandradio Kultur / Klangkunst radio broadcast: February 2014;
  • Presentation at ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and ORF Ö1 broadcast: autumn 2014.

The selected work will be equipped with a production budget/fee of EUR 5000. CTM Festival performance implementation costs are also provided. Coverage of travel expenses to Berlin, as well as lodging for artists/projects, will be provided if necessary. Deutschlandradio Kultur and CTM Festival will provide support, counseling, and general assistance in the production of the work.


This competition is open to any artist from any country who are producing experimental music, sound art, new radio drama, and performance . The purpose of the competition is for people worldwide.


The call is not subject to geographical restrictions. The submitted work must be new and as of yet unrealized. A comprehensive description of the project facilitates the assessment by the jury. All interested artists can apply online HERE. Submissions should be written in English and include the following materials:

  • A CV (PDF);
  • A project description (PDF) with reference to the subject of the call;
  • Sketches, images, audio material if possible (please provide online);
  • A brief outline of the technical requirements for the realization of the project.

For more information you can see the official call HERE.

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