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Call for Electronic Music: 1-4 channels of subwoofers

Call for Electronic Music: 1-4 channels of subwoofers

April 18, 2018

The Canadian Music Centre is collaborating with artist and organizer Matt Horrigan to present a concert of works for subwoofers. Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit electronic music that has been created for subwoofers—1-4 channels of audio. Half of the program will consist of a new composition, Heavy Traffic, written for electric guitar and subwoofers which is about outside noise coming through the walls into private space. The other half of the program will be selected through this open call.

To be presented at: the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto) in mid August 2018 as part of a concert called Heavy Traffic: The Music of Intrusion. The exact date of concert will be determined. We will do our best to distribute the subwoofers symmetrically around the room; however, they'll also be hidden from the audience to the best of our ability, so the sound will seem like it's coming through the walls.

Compensation: $200 CAN to each selected composer


  • Pieces between 6 and 12 minutes in length preferred, though longer and shorter works will also be considered
  • Previously composed works specifically for low electronic sound are welcome.

Deadline: July 1, 2018 (11:59 pm PST)

Selection: works will be selected by concert organizer Matt Horrigan in consultation with the Canadian Music Centre on the basis of complementarity with the rest of the program.

Aesthetic prescriptions: the audience will be seated and/or otherwise mostly stationary during the show and will lack the opportunity to dance, so pieces centred on thumping beats or otherwise intended for a dancing audience would probably not play as well at this concert as at other venues.

How to submit: Fill out the online form available here (this same form is embedded below)

Send questions to: matthorriganmusic@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!