60x60 - calling for one-minute recorded works

Grace Bailey

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The project is back! 60×60 is calling for works!

Vox Novus is inviting composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in this special edition of the 60×60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour concert. After a long hiatus, founder and creator Robert Voisey was inspired by the continuous dedication of Slippery Rock University to 60×60 Dance. This call for works is dedicated and created specifically for a new 60×60 mix for a multimedia dance performance at Slippery Rock University.

60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today.

60×60 mixes have received more than 350 performances in more than 30 countries including venues such as the Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place, NYC; Stratford Circus London for Opening Day Festival for the 2012 London Olympics, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. 60×60 collaborates with multimedia including dance, video, photography, fine art, and theatre arts.

60×60 Dance was described by the New York Times as “…60 new pieces of music, each lasting no more than 60 seconds – is quite mad. But it’s this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round…”

During the performance each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long will be “padded” with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition. Please note that the total duration of the work including silence may NOT exceed sixty seconds.

The 60×60 project’s definition of a record work is as follows: any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media, which does not require live performers for its production in broadcast at concert halls, radio, multi-media, etc. Its creation can include but not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, MAX MSP, MIDI, C Sound, Ableton, Audacity, SuperCollider, Puredata, ProTools, etc.)

All works submitted should be with the understanding that it is their recording that is of prime importance and is what will be used to determine its selection.

60×60 is a project of “signature works” and short works created specifically for the 60×60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs,) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer’s own work are acceptable.

The call is open to composers of any age, gender, race, sexual preference, nationality, or career stage.

Deadline for 60 second compositions for 60×60 is June 30th, 2023

There is no admission fee.

Audio submissions must be in either AIFF or WAV file format.

All submissions must be uploaded online at www.60×60.com/calls/


All submissions must be uploaded by June 30th, 2023

Works selected for the project will be announced on the Vox Novus mailing list and on the website.

Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to: Support@VoxNovus.com

More information can be found at: www.60×60.com

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