NoiseFloor 2021 Call for Works


We are delighted to announce that NoiseFloor will be returning to the Music and Sound department at Staffordshire University in May 2021.

Key Dates

  • NoiseFloor – Tues 11th and Weds 12th May 2021
  • Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday 29th January 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday 29th March 2021
  • Deadline for registration: Friday 16th April 2021

Our theme for 2021 will be Collaboration

As we begin seek ways to emerge from the global pandemic, the arts have rarely been so threatened or so important in people’s lives. Throughout 2020, and into 2021, we have all had to learn new ways of working together and of reaching our audiences. How important have collaborations been to this process and to what extent does collaboration play a role in your work more generally? Contemporary music frequently brings together practitioners from very diverse backgrounds: composers, performers, programmers, and multimedia artists can all find themselves working towards common goals. What are the challenges and rewards of such collaborations? Collaborations can also involve working with local communities, or with academics and industry professionals from other disciplines. What insights and experiences can we bring to these situations to ensure their success?

Compositions, performances and other works addressing our theme are particularly welcome; as are proposals for presentations, lecture recitals, panel discussions, workshops and other ideas. As always, proposals for other relevant topics will also be considered. We welcome submissions from composers, researchers, academics, postgraduates and any other interested parties.

Submissions should fall into one of the following categories:

  • 20-minute paper presentations (with 5 minutes for questions)
  • 35-minute lecture recitals (with 5-minutes for questions)
  • Fixed acousmatic works (up to 8 channel)
  • Acoustic instruments (with or without electronics)
  • Music and interactive systems (2 channel audio with video)
  • Audiovisual music (2 channel audio with video)
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussions

Please note that we are unable to provide performers or instruments. Contributors will be expected to make their own arrangements.

With the continuing uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, the organisers have taken the decision to move the event online for 2021. However, this decision will be reviewed periodically and, if it is safe, legal and responsible to do so, we may move to a blended approach nearer the date. An online event will impact on the format of the intended concerts, but we shall review all submissions and decide how best to proceed closer to the event date. Any changes will be announced on this website.

Registration: The fees are £45 for presenters and for attendees, £20 for students. Concessions will be available for students of Staffordshire University. There is no submission fee. Contributors are expected to attend the event.