Composer residency available with the Music Hackspace

The Music Hackspace is teaming with Sound and Music to host a composer residency from September 2012.

“Embedded is Sound and Music’s artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Embedded places a selection of artists from a range of disciplines into real-world artistic contexts with leading national creative organisations. Aimed at talented artists at an early stage in their career, Embedded is a bespoke programme, providing practical hands-on experience and significant creative opportunities. “ (From Sound and Music call)

This residency will offer an opportunity for an early career artist to develop their skills through connecting with and contributing to the work of the Music Hackspace, and allowing both partner organisations to benefit from a sustained relationship with a music/sound creator.

The selected artist will spend time engaging with the members of the Music Hackspace, their projects, research and outreach work, before using the context and resources of the organisation as a starting point/inspiration for the development of new music or sound-based work for a range of contexts.

This residency does not dictate working process, prescribe sources of inspiration or predetermine platforms for outcome, which will be agreed by the partner organisations in conjunction with you. Agreed facilities of the Music Hackspace together with the expertise of staff there, and at SAM, will be at your disposal, along with mentoring from an experienced artist chosen in collaboration with you and in response to the needs ofyour project. A bursary (£2000) will be given for your time and some budget is available for materials and work development. A travel and accommodation budget is available if required.

The Residency

The residency will last approximately 10 months, beginning in September 2012 and requiring a total commitment of 10 weeks across the duration of the project. The scope of the residency and details of the timetable are flexible and will be discussed and agreed with the selected composer/sound artist, the Music Hackspace and Sound and Music. This can include:

– Participating in the life of the Music Hackspace through engagement with a broad spectrum of their work, including the development of new instruments, sensors and software for music production

– Utilising the Music Hackspaceʼs diverse resources and knowledge of engineering as a starting point for developing new works, performances or installations

– Working closely over an extended period with the Music Hackspace to develop a context and potential platform for new work resulting from the partnership

– Working with a mentor throughout the year chosen in conjunction with you

– Workshop and/or development time on agreed work

– Attending two Embedded professional development days over the course of the residency. This will provide an opportunity to meet with artists from other disciplines who are taking part in concurrent Embedded projects to share ideas and work

Who will this residency suit?

We are seeking an artist

– Whose work engages with music and/or sound

– Who has interest in collaborating closely over an extended period with active members of the hacking culture, benefiting from the input of project partners and their associated teams and fellow creators

– Who has an interest in creating work with new technologies and to innovate in ways to engage audiences

– Whose work forefronts creativity and bridges the gap between traditional musicianship and technology

– Who has an interest in enhancing public engagement through public facing work, including outreach

– Who has an interest in site specific performance or installation

– Who will embrace the challenge of working with engineers and technology and lead development of solutions to enhance musical expression

– Who has an interest in and is prepared to reflect on and share their own practice

– We are particularly interested in supporting artists whose practice will develop through inclusion in the programme


– you must be a British Citizen or a resident in the UK

– you cannot be in full time education during the residency period (research based PhD candidates will be considered) – you must be at an early stage in your career

How to apply:

To be considered for the opportunity:
– You must have time during the period September 2012 – Summer 2013 to spend up to 10 weeks on site and to create agreed new works

A selection panel, including representatives from the Music Hackspace, SAM and an independent artist will shortlist applicants for interview

If you wish to apply, please supply three DVDs or CDs of data. The three DVDs/CDs must each contain the following documents and information:

– your CV and worklist

– your completed application form

– two contrasting examples of your work in the following formats: e.g. PDF of a score, MP3, Quicktime movie, .WAV file, Word file, JPEGs etc. Please include recordings where possible.

Applications should be sent to:

Sound and Music Embedded Residency – Music Hackspace
3rd Floor, South Wing
Somerset House Strand
London WC2R 1LA

Hand delivered applications should be delivered to the West Water Gate entrance to Somerset House (on the Victoria Embankment)

For any queries please contact Richard Whitelaw at Sound and Music, or come to the Music Hackspace on a Thursday evening.

Deadline for applications 15:00 on Monday 13 August 2012. Your application must arrive by this date and late applications will not be considered. We will acknowledge receipt of your application when the call closes.

Please do not send originals, as we will not be able to return work. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 3rd September 2012. You must be available for interview during the week commencing 10th September 2012, interviews will take place at Somerset House in London.

Sound and Music promotes challenging contemporary music and sound art through a range of projects, incorporating live events, learning, artist development, and digital platforms. We embrace complexity and risk-taking and invite the audience to listen in new ways. Embedded, Sound and Musicʼs artist development programme, partners a selection of ambitious artists with pioneering arts organisations and ensembles in the UK. This rolling programme encourages professional development for artists alongside the opportunity to create new work in close collaboration with high quality partners over a sustained period. For further information please visit

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