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Call for Proposals

SPLICE is excited to announce a call for proposals for its third annual SPLICE Festival, taking place at Miami University in Ohio, Thursday-Saturday February 20-22, 2020. SPLICE welcomes proposals from performers, composers, composer/performer teams, and composer-performers for works that feature human-driven live performance (on traditional or nontraditional instruments) and electronics (fixed or live), one-hour hands-on workshops, and fifteen-minute lectures. 

SPLICE Festival will include five concerts, along with presentations and hands-on workshop sessions. Concerts will feature performances selected from submitted works and a curated concert by the SPLICE Ensemble. Presentations and workshops will serve Miami University students and festival attendees.

Proposal Suggestions

Proposals may include (but are not limited to):

  • Participant performances of works

  • A new piece composed for SPLICE Ensemble

  • Hands-on workshops

  • Lecture presentations

Concert Submission Guidelines

  • All works must include a live performance component 

  • All works must include electronics, either fixed or live 

  • Works less than 20 minutes are preferred 

  • Due to the collaborative spirit promoted by SPLICE Festival, we strongly prefer that the performers listed on the application be those who will perform at the Festival

Guidelines for SPLICE Ensemble Proposals

  • Pieces do not need to have been composed at the time of the proposal 

  • Proposals may be for arrangements or already composed pieces in addition to new works

  • Works less than 20 minutes are preferred 

  • Any combination of instruments (trumpet, piano, percussion) is welcome, though preference will be given to works including all three performers 

  • Preference will be given to works whose electronic component can be operated by the Ensemble (ie: pieces do not require a fourth person running electronics) 

  • All three members of the SPLICE Ensemble can perform electronics (instead of their instruments) 

  • Include a written statement proposing the nature of the collaboration 

  • Pieces should involve only one computer/interface 

  • Percussion instruments are limited to a drum set consisting of:

    • Kick drum 

    • Snare drum (can substitute Frame drum) 

    • Rack-mounted Tom toms (2)

    • Floor Tom

    • High hat 

    • Crash cymbals (2)

    • Ride cymbal 

    • Trap table of various small percussion objects (prayer bowls, wood blocks, coffee cans, toys, etc.)* 

*) The Ensemble is open to various small objects, but asks that these be determined in consultation with SPLICE. 

Presentation and Workshop Proposals 

  • We encourage proposals for 15-minute lecture presentations and for one-hour hands-on workshops.

  • Lecture presentations may focus on the technical and/or aesthetic features of a submitted work, including performance, creative practices, and/or technology. 

  • One-hour hands-on workshops will take place in the Miami University Department of Music’s 15-seat Macintosh computer lab. Sessions should engage participants in active learning activities focused on technology. Software available in the lab includes Max, Ableton Live, and Logic Pro. Other shareware/freeware software may be installed for workshops provided ample notice is given. Limited locations other than the computer lab may be available for workshops. Please contact Per Bloland directly (festival@splicemusic.org) if you wish to submit a proposal that requires software other than that listed, or if you intend to propose a hands-on workshop that would take place in a location other than the computer lab. 

General Submission Guidelines

  • There is no application fee

  • Submissions must be received by September 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST 

  • Please note that the site for the festival, Miami University, is located in Ohio

  • Individuals can be involved in no more than two submissions

  • The primary submitter of the work must attend the entire festival and remit a $20 registration fee 

  • Submissions must include a list of tech requirements, including what the presenter is asking SPLICE to provide. SPLICE Festival will have a 5.1 surround sound system for all concerts.

  • Only online submissions will be considered 

  • Supporting materials must be provided as links to files; file uploads are not permitted. 

  • Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2019

  • Please direct all questions to festival@splicemusic.org 

  • Please to submit a proposal via the link at the top of the page.

Required with Submission

  1. Contact information 

  2. List of performers and instruments

  3. Links to stream or download a recording of the work; mockups are acceptable

  4. Links to view or download a score, if applicable 

  5. List of equipment you will provide 

  6. List of equipment you will need SPLICE Festival to provide 

  7. Short Bios (150 word maximum) for all individuals involved 

  8. Program Notes 

  9. A two to four sentence proposal for a fifteen-minute presentation on the submitted work (optional) 

  10. A four sentence proposal for a one-hour hands-on workshop (optional) 

  11. An agreement to attend the entire event