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Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium Call for Submissions

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium 2017


Toronto, 9-12 August 2017

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC,) and the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) are pleased to announce the 11th edition of the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), and and delighted to welcome Quebec sound artist Chantal Dumas as Keynote Speaker this year. Dumas is a highly respected sound artist who explores the medium of sound through the production of audio fiction and docufiction, sound installation, composition and sound design.

The symposium will take place in Toronto from 9–12 August 2016 at the Ernest Balmer Studio and at the Michael J. Baker Studio in Toronto's historic Distillery District.

We are now inviting proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, special sessions of 2 to 4 panellists, compositions and performances to be presented at TIES 2017 (submission deadline: 3 March 2017).

TIES is a unique point of convergence for a growing international community of diverse electroacoustic (EA) practitioners. We look forward to seeing you at TIES 2017, where you can explore and share diverse perspectives on electroacoustic and sound art research and practice, while expanding your artistic and professional network.

General Information / Informations générales

In recent years, a number of themes have emerged, among them: creative and collaborative practices, curation, research and analysis, algorithmic processes, videomusic and intermedia practices, electronic ensembles and live coding.

As in preceding years, the symposium leads directly into the main concert weekend of the annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art. This 19th edition of Sound Travels explores emerging trends alongside established traditions in electroacoustic music. At the heart of TIES 2017 will be a Keynote Lecture by Chantal Dumas, one of Sound Travels’ featured artists. TIES and Sound Travels events will be presented using NAISA’s real-time spatialization system.


3 March — Deadline for receipt of proposals @ 11:59 PM EST
Mid April — Notification of acceptance
9 August — Symposium opening reception and concert
9–12 August — Symposium sessions and concerts
10+12 August — Sound Travels Festival concerts

Submissions / Soumissions

For TIES 2017, we invite submissions for paper presentations, compositions / performances, lecture-recitals and special panel sessions that are related, but not limited to, the following topics (some of which are also found in eContact!, where TIES proceedings are published):

  • Sound Art practices and perspectives
  • Sound-based creation throughout 150 years of Canada
  • Ownership and creative license
  • Live coding, laptop orchestra
  • Pedagogical issues: teaching about “sound” and “listening”
  • Experimental performance, DIY instruments, hardware hacking
  • Intermedia, interactivity and media-specific practices
  • Aural perception, psychoacoustics, hearing
  • Sound and environment, acoustics and space
  • Paradigm shifts in electroacoustic practices

Other topics that relate to some aspects of EA (in popular musics, media art, performance art and other sonic disciplines) are also welcome.

All symposium contributions will be webcast CEC’s online journal for electroacoustics, eContact!

We look forward to seeing you, your colleagues, collaborators and students in Toronto in August!

Questions and requests for information (ties@naisa.ca).