Missouri Experimental Sonic Arts Festival

MOXsonic (March 5-7, 2020) is three days of concerts, research presentations, workshops, installations, and conversations. Our goal is that academic and independent artists and groups, music/sonic technologists, and more will gather for an exploration of sonic possibilities.

We welcome a wide variety of applications and believe that a diversity of voices, perspectives, gender, genre, age, and identity will make for a positive and strong event. Make no presumptions as to what projects we will select: surprise us with your submission.

MOXsonic focuses on programming concert events with experimental music involving LIVE performance with LIVE interactive technologies, fixed media events, live coding, and more. Improvisers, composer/performers, and teams of composers and performers are especially welcome: as are performers who would like to present new or recent works. MOXsonic is interested in a variety of musics, installations, and research presentations. In addition to our daytime activities, there is a nightlife component where musicians can stretch out and explore longer forms while other participants socialize.

We have added THREE new events this year!

  1. Thursday night, live coding concert: 20-30 minute sets, the first half of the evening: experimental and ambient; the second half of the evening: algorave
  2. A collective improvisation with mobile devices…in a cave! Open to 50 people at a time. No pre-registration, but this will be amazing.
  3. Five minute lightning video research presentations. Following the “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” format. This is intended to be an opportunity to present your scholarly, technological, creative research to many people over the weekend. We want to hear MORE about what people are doing to expand their creative, technological, and scholarly work. We want to hear about what inspires you. We have had *excellent* research presentations at MOXsonic. The goal is to have more!
    • All you need to submit at this time for your application: a brief abstract. (200 words or so.)

    • If accepted, you will create a (maximum) 5-minute video for your research presentation. This can be a screencast, talking head, or more. It can be poetic, scientific, creative, scholarly…or all the above. It can include words…or not.

    • Friday morning, at MOXsonic, we will present all those accepted in one of our studios, followed by a brief question and answer with the author/creator/researcher.

    • The videos will then be accessible and selectable in the studio for the remainder of the festival if people are interested in viewing them again or missed the presentation.

    • Surprise us with your research, we want to hear about it!

Individual and group submissions are expected to be mostly self-contained: we supply the space(s), technical crew, the organization, the community, and PR. Participants supply all else: i.e., people who do it all themselves or people who propose teams and collaborative efforts. For the current MOXsonic adventure, we are unfortunately unable to provide travel funding or honoraria, but we guarantee that a good time will be had by all. We are happy to help with language and/or letters of commitment for grant applications to support your participation. A list of what we are able to supply—along with details of our performance and installation spaces—is available at moxsonic.org/tech-and-space

There are no application fees or registration fees, and there will be no ticket fees for all events.

You are welcome to submit proposals in multiple categories, but please, only one submission per category. Each submission must be on a separate form.

The deadline to apply has passed. Applicants will be notified in December.

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