60x60 project
60x60
"...one of the planetís most coveted contemporary music events..."
-Tobias Fischer
60x60 Project
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60x60 contains 60 works from 60 different composers. Each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration sequenced together to create a one hour performance. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting the diverse array of styles, aesthetics and techniques being used today.

Debuting in New York City November 2003, 60x60 started as an electroacoustic "tape" concert with its 60 short electronic works synchronized with an analog clock to mark the passage of each minute. since then 60x60 has received thousands of audio submissions from more than 30 countries around the world, produced radio shows, colaborated with multimedia (including dance, video, sculpture, and photography) and released several audio albums on CD.

The 60x60 project starts with a call for 60 second audio work on recorded media. The project has receives works from around the world from a large variety of musical aesthetics. In 2008, the project received more than 1000 works from composers.

After all the works are received 60x60 produces the Radio Request Extravaganza. This is where the project finds a radio station to host a special show where composers and their fans can call in and request submissions to 60x60 to be played over the airwaves. The objective is to give opportunity to composers to have their work involved in the project regardless to any selection process. In 2008, 60x60 held a Radio Request Extravaganza on WKCR in New York City, Kalvos & Damianís radio show on WGDR, and max Sheaís Martian Gardens on WMUA.

The selection process is held and the mix for the current year is selected. During this time strategic and aesthetic decisions are made to the order of the mix and whether or not an alternative mix is created. Depending on the submissions and venues alternate mixes are created to present and promote morel than the 60 pieces selected for the International mix. In 2008 two brand new mixes were created, the 60x60 Canadian Mix and the Evolution Mix. These were in addition to the annual International mix and the Pacific Rim Mix, Midwest Mix, and UK Mix which the project has produced in the past.

The first performance season is mostly audio concerts with the inclusion of a clock or minimal visuals. Every year 60x60 collaborates in a multidisciplinary effort with video artists, photographers, film makers, sculptors, or choreographers to create a multimedia event. In 2008 and 2009, 60x60 is collaborating with the choreographer Jeramy Zimmerman who assembles 60 different choreographers to create dances for each of the 60 audio works present in 60x60.

In the end of the multimedia season a CD is created to archive and preserve that yearís selection. The CDs represent another mix of the projectís submission and have been released on the Capstone and Vox Novus labels. A current discography includes the 60x60 (2003) on Capstone, and two double albums 60x60 (2004-2005) and 60x60 (2006-2007) released with Vox Novus.