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[UTEMS] Call for Works for Quarter-Tone Disklavier

Electronic Music Studios


The University of Texas at Austin Electronic Music Studios (UTEMS)

at the Butler School of Music

announces a call for

Works for Quarter-Tone Disklavier

To mark the inauguration of our Quarter-Tone Disklavier, UTEMS announces a call formechanical  and microtonal works.

This is not a competition, but rather an invitation to experiment for enthusiasts of microtonal music, from seasoned veterans to beginners. The call is open to all composers, regardless of age, nationality, gender, or experience. The only requirement is a work for MIDI-driven pianos in quarter-tone tuning. Works with a prior performance history are eligible.

The Quarter-Tone Disklavier is not a newly-constructed instrument, but simply two Yamaha disklaviers tuned a quarter-tone apart, piloted by Yamaha DKC-850 controllers, which connect to external devices via USB. Disklavier A (left) is at concert pitch (A=440 Hz); Disklavier B (right) is tuned a quarter-tone lower (A=428 Hz). More information about the disklavier and MIDI guidelines can be found on the UTEMS website.

All submissions that conform to MIDI guidelines and arrive in playable condition will be recorded, and these recordings will be provided to the composers.

Selected works will be featured on an upcoming EARS (Electro-Acoustic Recital Series) concert on December 5th, 2019 on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Pieces of any length will be accepted. Shorter submissions or sketches are fine; these could potentially serve as the starting point for further work after the December concert.

Submissions should be in the form of a MIDI file with an accompanying score (engraved using notation software, or handwritten), a patch (in Open Music, or using the bach library in Max), or a piano roll file within a DAW. These accompanying files will be used primarily to ensure that the disklaviers are correctly interpreting the composer’s intentions; they need not be extensively edited, and will not figure in evaluation of the submitted works.

Submission deadline: November 29th, 2019 at high noon (12pm CST).

Send all submissions by email.

For any questions, please contact UTEMS Interim DirectorChristopher Trapani.

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