60x60 is calling for works for its tenth performance season!
Vox Novus is inviting composers/sound artists to submit recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in its tenth annual 60x60 project. 60 compositions will be selected to be played continuously in a one-hour concert.
60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today ( http://www.60x60.com ). 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries, produced radio shows, created multimedia and multidisciplinary events, and released several albums.
During the concert each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long will be "padded" with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition. Please note that the total duration of the work including silence may NOT exceed sixty seconds.
The 60x60 project's definition of a record work is as follows: any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media, which does not require live performers for its production in broadcast at concert halls, radio, multi-media, etc. Its creation can include but not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, MAX MSP, MIDI, C Sound, ProTools, etc.)
All works submitted should be with the understanding that it is their recording that is of prime importance and is what will be used to determine its selection.
60x60 is a project of "signature works" and short works created specifically for the 60x60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs,) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer's own work are acceptable.
In addition to the 60x60 International Mix, Vox Novus is planning to create at least 10 mixes to celebrate 60x60's tenth call for works. Planned mixes include the Canada Mix, Athena Mix, UnTwelve Mix, UK Mix, Northeast Mix, Europe Mix, Presenters Mix, and more.
The call is open to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage.
Deadline for 60 second compositions for 60x60 is May 31, 2012.
There is no admission fee.
All submissions must be uploaded online at:
DO NOT EMAIL AUDIO FILES! All submissions must be upload online via http://www.60x60.com/submission Email support@Voxnovus.com for any problems or difficulties with the submission process.
Audio submissions must be in either FLAC, AIFF or WAV file format.
Multiple submissions are accepted from a single composer/sound artist; however, only one submission will be allowed per email address submitted.
All submissions must be uploaded by May 31st, 2012 - 12:00 Midnight
Works selected for the 2012 60x60 project will be announced on September 15th, 2012.
Composer will be notified of the results by email or they can visit:
Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to :
60x60 plans to present and promote more than 600 composers in at least 10 different music mixes.
60x60 has always had ambitious and far reaching goals. For its tenth year anniversary 60x60 plans to promote more composers than it has done before in its past decade of existence. It will do this by create as many mixes as it can muster from the submissions the project receives. The more submissions the better! With more submissions it is easier to create an alternate mix. Each mix needs at least 60 submissions from 60 different composers/sound artists/musicians. You can find a list of past mixes the 60x60 project has produced at the following link: http://www.60x60.com/mixes/ The following are mixes that 60x60 is planning, but we are by no means confined to the following and always looking for more.
The 60x60 2012 International Mix is 10th mix of the project.
There has been an International mix every year of the 60x60 project which is created form the entire pool of submission that is received for the project in that year. Any and all submissions to 60x60 are considered for the International mix. The 60x60 International Mix is created from compositions from composers all around the world with the most diverse selection of aesthetics that can be presented to create a fluid hour performance.
In celebration of John Cage's 100th anniversary, the Electronic Music Foundation and Vox Novus invite composers, sound artists, and any interested person around the world to join us in the creation of 60x60 John mix that are based on recorded sounds of natural and urban environments.
Creativity and originality are certainly central to John's legacy. So there are absolutely no guidelines except for the use of recorded environmental sounds as an important component of your composition and that the composition must be 60 seconds or less for 60x60. ( For the submission of longer works see the 100 x John call at EMF)
*Any composers/sound artists who wish to be considered for this mix should check the Ear To the Earth box on the submission page
The Electronic Music Foundation with its Ear to the Earth Festival and the Vox Novus 60x60 project are getting together to creat the 60X60 North American Soundscape mix. Focusing on urban soundscapes throughout North America, the 60X60 North American Soundscape mix is looking for 60 one-minute works which are sonic signatures of urban landscapes throughout North America.
*Any composers/sound artists who wish to be considered for this mix should check the Ear To the Earth box on the submission page
The 60x60 2012 Canada Mix is 4th mix of the project.
The 60x60 Canada mix is the first mix to be coordinated and compiled by a composer other than Robert Voisey. Eldad Tsabary has lead and mentored the 60x60 Canada mixes and the have been presented all over Canada in audio performances, as well as with multi-media performances which included video and dance. Eldad Tsabary also compiled the order of Magnitude mix which included the Canadian Mix and hundreds of past composer submission in a huge 10 hour music minute dance marathon at Concordia University.
*Any composers who are currently living in Canada will be considered for this mix. If you are not currently living in Canada, to be considered for this mix you need to state in your bio that you are a citizen or born from Canada and put "Canada" in the Theme/Concept box on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 Europe Mix is the second mix of this theme for the project.
Vox Novus in collaboration with UnTwelve created a special microtonal mix of the 60x60 project. In this particular instance, the 60 works will have an "UnTwelve" slant, as the emphasis will be on music which explores tuning or microtones.
For the 60x60 UnTwelve mix the work MUST be microtonal, meaning that there is prominent use of pitches outside the standard 12-tone equal temperament.
Examples of acceptable entries would include pieces in any division of the octave which is NOT 12...(e.g. 7, 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, etc., for scales which have a recognizable 5th, so are capable of recognizable yet novel diatonic scales, with varying degrees of 'exotic resources'; and 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, etc., for more exotic scales WITHOUT good 5ths, and thus much less capable of traditionally recognizable diatonic scales), various just (pure) intonation or rational intonation systems, non-just, non-equal tuning systems, and non-octave based systems (e.g. Bohlen-Pierce scale, Wendy Carlos' Alpha, Beta or Gamma, etc.)
You should not feel the need to use every pitch in a given tuning system's gamut; feel free to construct scales from subsets of a given 'larger' system. The overall sound of your piece should reflect a contrast to the standard tuning of 12-tone equal temperament in color and mood, and ideally should be a model and inspiration to others of the yet under-explored possibilities and beauties of expanding the 'pitch palette'. The goal is to excite others about the freshness and possibilities for composition and production values outside of a default pitch norm.
*Any composers who wish to be considered to this mix should submit a microtonal work and select the "UnTwelve" check box on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 Athena Mix is second mix of this theme for the project.
Coordinated and presented by Sabrina Pena Young, the Athena Mix will be compiled completely of female composers/sound artists/bands/musicians. This special 60x60 Athena Mix will be comprised of 60 electronic compositions 60 seconds (or less) in length by 60 women composers and sound artists. The mix gets its name from the first all women mix which was a collaboration between Vox Novus and the Athena festival.
*Any composers who indicate they are female will be considered for this mix. All composers who wish to be considered for this mix must indicate their gender in the place provided on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 UK Mix is second mix of this theme for the project.
Coordinated and presented by Elainie Lillios, the UK Mix will be compiled completely of composers/sound artists/bands/musicians from the United Kingdom.
*Any composers who are currently living in the United Kingdom will be considered for this mix. If you are not currently living in the U.K., to be considered for this mix you need to state in your bio that you are a citizen or born from the United Kingdom and put "UK MIX" in the Theme/Concept box on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 Europe Mix is first mix of this theme for the project.
Coordinated and present by Robert Sazdov, the Europe Mix will be compiled completely of composers from and/or related and/or related to European countries.
*Any composers who are currently living in Europe will be considered for this mix. If you are not currently living in Europe, to be considered for this mix you need to state in your bio that you are a citizen or born from Europe and put "Europe" in the Theme/Concept box on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 North East Mix is first mix of this theme for the project.
The North East Mix will be compiled completely of composers from and/or related to the North Eastern United States.
*Any composers who are currently living in the U.S. North East will be considered for this mix. If you are not currently living in the U.S. North East, to be considered for this mix you need to state in your bio that you are a citizen or born from a state in the North East and put "North-East" in the Theme/Concept box on the submission form.
The 60x60 2012 Presenters Mix is first mix of this theme for the project.
The 60x60 Presenters mix will be contain only works from composers who have presented 60x60. Everyone included in this mix will have presented 60x60 at one time or another either past, present or future. Everyone who agrees to be part of this mix must also present the 60x60 Presenters Mix at least once. This unique mix will garner at least 60 performances worldwide.
*To be considered for this mix you must have presented a 60x60 mix (or agree to present a mix) as well as present the 60x60 Presenters Mix yourself. To indicate that you wish to be part of this mix you must check the Presenter's mix box on the submission form.
60x60 presents to the largest audience possible.
60x60 actively seeks to find that listener unaware of the treasure which is found in the 60 one-minute miniatures. 60x60 has been presented in places where audiences would expect mainstream programs and offers the 60x60 program to be discovered by the listener. Performance of various incarnations of 60x60 have been presented in concert halls, theater stages, museums, art galleries, public atriums, bars, nightclubs, building facades, and street windows in New York City; not to mention radio airplay, television and Internet broadcast around the world. 60x60 has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in venues across the globe.
"The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm.
He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever - and yes, it is spreading."
"We live in a compressed world. Executive summaries, plot synopses, speed dating, pecha kucha, sound bites,Wikipedia, and Sesame Street tell us all we need to know, and in very little time. Since 2003, NewYork composer Rob Voisey has given us a musical version with his 60x60 Project. ... 60x60 is not about scores, but about recordings. The submissions are the music; definitive, in final form - trapped, as it were, in amber. ... The project design permits a large number of composers to put representative samples of their music in front of audiences. I trace project success to the composers who form its collaborators, hosts, and director. The grass-roots, all-volunteer philosophy translates into an eclectic blend of styles, genres and aesthetics. The result: a representative survey of today's music on the cutting edge."
- By Richard Arnest, Sounding Board Spring 2011
60x60 is a project of Vox Novus
60x60 was created and founded by Robert Voisey to inspire, produce, promote, and disseminate the vast aesthetics and styles of contemporary composers being written by today's living composers.
More about Vox Novus and Robert voisey can be found on their perspective websites: