Oxford University launches electronic music competitionBy Editor
A nationwide contest has been commissioned by the prestigious Oxford University, which aims to focus a bringing to light the significance of the electronic music genre.
Known as the OSEMP or Oxford Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize, the competition is being backed by the audio product manufacturers, Sennheiser (as you may have gleaned by the contest’s name). In addition, WARP Records, a record label responsible for putting out the work of acts like Aphex Twin and Mount Kimbie.
The university has also made note that the project is open to any UK-dwelling composers, and can submit any type of sound piece in any music genre.
Daniel Hulme, who acts as Electronic Music Studio Manager at the university’s Faculty of Music, remarked on the importance of the electronic process:
The rise of electronic music has allowed composers to use new techniques to produce sounds that were previously impossible and extend the range of traditional acoustic instruments
However, the studio manager also believes that the dependence on computer software can be detrimental to the creativeness when making music, but is positive the project will help combat this issue.
“Competitors can submit entirely studio-based compositions, or hybrids of acoustic instrumental performance with live electronics and processing, and we are calling for submissions to be both innovative and communicative.”
The competition is now open for submission and will close on August 31st. Anyone entering a project must be under the age of 35. For more information click here: http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/osemp-2014/