«Sounds of Matter»

Composition Competition

«Sounds of Matter» is an international composition competition that encourages composers to find creative new ways to convey scientific ideas through their music. The focus is set in the field ofmaterial physics, specifically seven different research projects (nano carbon-metal hybrids,nucleationpolymers2D-materialsmetallic glassferroic materialsdiffusion) currently carried out in the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna.

For that purpose, every research team has provided imagesvideossoundfiles or datasets that should spark inspiration and serve as as source material. An overview of all available materials can be found at matter.soundsof.net/materials. Composers are invited to submit pieces that are somehow connected to or inspired by one chosen material (image, video, dataset etc.) together with a short text that explains this connection. It is the relevance and originality of your explanation that, together with the quality of the music submitted, will be the main evaluation criteria. 

The competition is hosted by the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, in cooperation with the University of Music and performing Arts, and is divided in three different categories:

  • Open to composers of every age and nationality.
  • Pieces written for violin, violoncello and piano (preferably the whole setup, with or without electronics)
  • One selected composition will be awarded €4000.
  • Deadline extended: 15.3.2018

  • Composition students at the mdw and recent alumni
  • Solo or duo works for any instrument(s) of your choice
  • Three selected compositions will be awarded with €1500 – €750 – €500 respectively.
  • Deadline extended: 15.3.2018

  • Open to composers of every age and nationality.
  • You can submit ‘sound works’ of any kind and genre. (In the form of a sound file, with a length under 10 minutes)
  • The piece winning a public online voting (beginning after the submission deadline) will be awarded €2000.
  • Deadline: 15th February