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MISSION STATEMENT

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association is an organisation that brings together practitioners integrating fields of music, sound, science and technology based in Ireland. It serves musicians, researchers, scientists, engineers and artists by promoting the art, music and research in Ireland, especially in international communities.

FUNCTIONS

Currently, ISSTA is a fledgeling organisation with the aim to one day provide the following services:

¥          Bringing together all practitioners who work in the merged fields of music and science or technology for collaboration and development.

¥          Encouraging collaboration in order to grow the sonic arts in Ireland with a focus on new and innovative technologies and research.

¥          Providing a membership directory to serve the purposes above.

¥          Promoting members' activities with a focus on international exposure.

¥          Performing complementary functions to other music, arts and education associations and organisation in Ireland.

¥          Providing grants and scholarships for study in integrated fields of music, science and technology.

¥          Presenting an annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC), a hybrid conference and festival including paper presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, concerts, performances, workshops and installations.

¥          Publishing conference proceedings and journals for the presentation of Irish research.

¥          Producing CDs, DVDs or other media for the distribution of Irish sonic arts.

¥          Recognising extraordinary work by Irish and Irish-based practitioners through awards and publications.

¥          Maintaining a web presence that will serve the function above.

ISSTC 2015 Call for Submissions

Resonance and Recapitulation: Echo of a Renaissance

In 2011, the first ISSTC was held in Limerick. In 2014, Limerick was the City of Culture, regenerating the diverse and exciting arts practices in the city. In 2015, ISSTC returns to Limerick. In a moment of reflection and on returning to the city of the first convocation, next yearÕs theme of resonance, recapitulation and renaissance asks contributors to consider past works, old ideas unused, re-birthing projects through new ears and experiences.

Resonance can be something quite specific in sound, from filter design to physical modelling. But we also use resonance metaphorically. We can say something "strikes a chord" with us, or resonates within us.

Recapitulation within music tells the story of origin, departure and return. But the return is never exact; it becomes something else in its story. Recapitulation also asks for different representations of an original idea. Slight changes occur with each iteration, which marginally alter the first conception.

Renaissance means more than just rebirth. It implies that a culture has had new life injected into it. Limerick is experiencing its own renaissance despite the economic woes of the past few years. Artists are engaging across all domains, integrating into the fabric of the city. 

This year's ISSTC welcomes works, papers and workshops that explore these concepts. In the process of making sense of our experiences, memories are re-evaluated and re-worked, allowing us to create something that is both new and a recapitulation of what has gone before. An echo exists like a memory, but is it an artefact or a new object in its own right?

 

ISSTC2015 will be held at the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick City, August 12-13, 2015.

 

Call for Musical Works | Call for Sound Art/Installations | Call for Papers & Posters | Call for Workshops

 

CALL FOR MUSICAL WORKS

This category is reserved for compositions or performances intended for a concert hall paradigm. The musical work must include science or technology in some way. Examples of acceptable submissions include but are not limited to:

The selected works will be performed in a series of concerts during the Convocation. If a work requires performers, the submitters must provide them. We cannot provide performers/artists fees at this time. The composer must register and attend for the piece to be performed. The Convocation will also host workshops, paper and poster sessions and curate sound art/installations. Works straddling domains may be submitted to multiple Calls but will be scheduled with the successful submission category.

Successful works will also be published on the ISSTA website, issta.ie.

Pieces should be no longer than 12 minutes.

To submit:

  1. 1-page Programme Notes with no identifying information
  2. Link to downloadable stereo mix of work. Multi-channel works are acceptable, but submission must be a stereo mix.

Selection will be made double-blind. Therefore, it is essential that no identifying information be included in the file of the programme notes or recording of the work.

All materials must be received by 1 March, 2015

Submit on EasyChairhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isstc15

 

CALL FOR SOUND ART/INSTALLATIONS

This category is reserved for works within the Gallery or Site-Specific paradigm. The work must include science or technology in some way. Examples of acceptable submissions include but are not limited to:

The selected works will be installed in locations around the Convocation. If a work requires performers or special technology, the submitters must provide them. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for site-specific work involving the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College or spaces in Limerick City. We will also have partnerships with local galleries. More information will be provided as we receive it. We cannot provide performer/artist fees at this time. Artists must register and attend for works to be included. The Convocation will also host workshops, paper and poster sessions and musical concerts. Pieces straddling domains may be submitted to multiple Calls but will be scheduled with the successful submission category.

A representation of successful works will be published on the ISSTA website, issta.ie.

To submit:

  1. 1- to 3-page document with a description of the work with no identifying information. Description must include space and technical requirements. IMPORTANT: Please be clear what technical requirements you can provide. Not all equipment may be available, so the more you can provide, the better.
  2. Link to downloadable video and/or sound recording of work (if available).

Selection will be made double-blind. Therefore, it is essential that no identifying information be included in the description of the work.

Descriptions/artistsÕ statements of successful works will be published on issta.ie.

All materials must be received by 1 March, 2015

Submit on EasyChairhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isstc15

 

CALL FOR PAPERS & POSTERS

This category is reserved for papers or posters exhibiting current research in any domain involving sound with science or technology. Examples of acceptable submissions include but are not limited to:

The selected papers will be presented in a series of presentations during the Convocation. Posters will be on display. Authors must register and attend for papers/posters to be presented. The Convocation will also host workshops, musical concerts and curate sound art/installations. Pieces straddling domains may be submitted to multiple Calls but will be scheduled with the successful submission category.

Selected papers and posters will be published on the ISSTA website, issta.ie.

To submit:

  1. 1-page abstract (approx.. 500 words) including whether paper or poster submission.

Selection will be made double-blind. Therefore, it is essential that no identifying information be included in the paper abstract.

All materials must be received by 1 March, 2015

Submit on EasyChairhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isstc15

 

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

This category is reserved for workshops pertaining to current activity in any domain involving sound with science or technology. Examples of acceptable submissions include but are not limited to:

The selected workshops will be offered at various venues in Limerick city. Workshop leaders must register and attend to be included. Workshop fees cannot be provided, but equipment costs may be budgeted with advance notice. The Convocation will also host poster & paper sessions, musical concerts and curate sound art/installations. Pieces straddling domains may be submitted to multiple Calls but will be scheduled with the successful submission category.

To submit:

  1. 1-page description including space or technical requirements.

Selection will be made double-blind. Therefore, it is essential that no identifying information be included in the paper abstract.

All materials must be received by 1 March, 2015

Submit on EasyChairhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isstc15