Frequently Asked Questions

What is SPLICE Institute?

SPLICE Institute is a weeklong, intensive program for performers and composers to experience, explore, interpret, and create music for live performance and electronics. Composers and performers participate in workshops, masterclasses, private lessons, and performances. Faculty members work directly with attendees to provide feedback and guidance. Attendees select from a variety of workshops and activities depending on their specific interests and previous experience with electronic music and technology. Participant composers write a new work to be premiered by a member of the SPLICE Ensemble or a participant performer. Participant performers will play one to two works at SPLICE, including the opportunity to collaborate with a participant composer and premiere a new work at SPLICE Institute. Community building and collaboration are at the heart of SPLICE: attendees will become part of a community that will continue to grow and develop beyond the event.

Who is SPLICE Institute for?

SPLICE Institute is designed for performers and composers who are interested in contemporary music that integrates performance with electronics. Performers engage in workshops that provide them with the knowledge to setup and problem solve technology required to perform with electronics. Participant performers perform one to two works at SPLICE. Composers with previous experience in electroacoustic composition receive higher-level instruction in areas such as interactive systems and programming, while composers with limited previous knowledge learn techniques to improve their creative capacity with digital media, including basic programming. Each participant composer will have their work featured on a concert in a performance by one of the participant performers, SPLICE performance faculty,  guest performer, or staff performer.

What happens at SPLICE Institute?

Attendees engage in workshops, lessons, discussions, and collaboration meetings. A typical day includes two workshops in the morning, with rehearsals, master classes, ensembles, and presentations in the afternoon. Each day ends with a concert by members of the SPLICE Ensemble, guest faculty, and guest performers.

Performers engage with faculty in workshops that introduce the concepts of electroacoustic music performance. These include sessions introducing common hardware and software, basic programming, troubleshooting, and repertoire exposure. Performers with sufficient previous experience with electronics will participate in workshops that cover more advanced material.

Composers with limited experience with electroacoustic composition will participate in workshops that expand their current knowledge and skills with digital audio workstations and basic programming. Composers with significant previous experience will participate in workshops involving more advanced programming and discussions that relate aesthetic outcomes to creative process and programming structures. There are workshops in both SuperCollider and Max at various levels.

What specific workshops are offered?

Information on specific workshop are detailed on the Workshops page.

Attendees choose from a variety of workshops and activities depending on their specific interests and previous experience with electronic music.

Composition Workshops

Composers with previous experience in electroacoustic composition receive higher-level instruction in areas such as interactive systems and effects processing. Composers without previous experience learn the fundamentals of creating electronic music in a digital audio workstation and basic programming. We offer a beginner Max and SuperCollider workshop each year, and intermediate and advanced Max workshops that change focus each year.

Performance Workshops

Performance faculty lead performance workshops geared towards working with electronics in rehearsal and performance without the aid of a composer or sound engineer. Workshops focus on setting up equipment, learning about mixers and microphones, studying the musicality of electronics, and introductions to Max, Logic, PD, and Supercollider. There are also advanced workshops that specifically include content for performers with significant previous experience, including previously attending SPLICE Institute. 

Is there any difference in the program if I do not do a concert collaboration?

All participants attend the same workshops, concerts, discussions, and masterclasses. These activities are the majority of what happens at SPLICE Institute. However, only Participants doing a Concert Collaboration present in masterclasses, and will perform or have a work performed on a concert. Every participant will gain hands-on experience working with audio software and hardware, engage in aesthetic discussions, attend concerts, refresh or extend technical knowledge, participate in ensembles as available, and experience the community-oriented and collaborative environment which is the core of SPLICE Institute.

What do you participant-performers perform at SPLICE?

Participant Performers doing a Concert Collaboration will premiere a work by a Participant Composer on the final day of SPLICE Institute. These participants will be paired prior to the event in order to collaborate on the creation of the new work. These works will be created before SPLICE Institute, and meetings and rehearsals will occur at SPLICE Institute. If a performer does not want to be paired with a composer, this can be indicated in the application, and they can play a preexisting work. A few participant performers will be given the option of participating in two Concert Collaborations.

What if you are both a performer and a composer?

If you are a performer and a composer who is interested in doing aspects of both programs, you should submit two separate applications. There is no application fee and there is no increase in cost for participating in various aspects of both programs.

How do you apply?

What do you need to bring?

SPLICE Institute is intended for students of all levels of familiarity with electroacoustics. It is strongly encouraged for every student to bring a laptop. For performers this is less significant. For composers if you do not have a laptop, you can still learn by taking notes and watching others. If you own an audio interface, please bring it. However, ownership of equipment is not required for participation, and students will be provided opportunities to work with this equipment.


When are all of the important dates?

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