Sound Thought 2018 - Call for Submissions

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24 October 2018

Sound Thought 2018: Signal


Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

November 15-18, 2018


Sound Thought is an annual festival of music and sound research, composition, and performance run by postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow. Sound Thought presents a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers by providing them with a platform to present their research in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment alongside the work of contemporary practitioners. 

The theme, Signal, will 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

The Sound Thought committee 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 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 www.soundthought.co.uk and send to soundthought2018@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is October 24, 2018.



Submission Guidelines

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

– an excerpt from, or the complete work you are proposing 


– an example of your previous work

Please include a link to a website where the work can be streamed or sent as an attachment via Dropbox or Google Drive.



Please submit for consideration proposals for any of the following:



This year, Sound Thought has the unprecedented opportunity to utilise the Centre for Contemporary Art’s main exhibition space. We are looking to programme installations which take full advantage of this opportunity. You will have access to a multichannel sound system and equipment for projecting visual elements. Please let us know in your submission of any additional requirements.


Live performances of works of any style (acoustic, audiovisual, acousmatic, etc.) are encouraged, especially those which will exploit the gallery spaces. Performances should not exceed approximately thirty minutes (multiple shorter works are also welcomed).


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. Additionally, we will able to present works which can be looped on individual monitors with headphones.

Venue Technical Specifications

Please feel free to get in touch regarding the CCA’s technical specifications. Sound Thought 2018 will take place in Galleries 2 and 3. There are opportunities for installations to be placed throughout the building; please get in touch to discuss this with the committee. Any questions can be sent to soundthought@gmail.com.

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