OPEN CALL »Sonic Experiments« 2024

Deadline: 31 March 2024 23:45

As part of its artist-in-residence program »Sonic Experiments«, the ZKM | Hertz-Lab awards scholarships to composers from the main areas of electronic music and sound art.

The ZKM | Hertz-Lab offers five international composers and artists the opportunity to apply in three different categories/genres and submit project proposals for the realization of a new work.

Eligible to participate are persons:

  • from Creative Europe countries without visa requirements with permanent legal place of residence in one of the CE countries, but not in Germany.
  • without European citizenship with permanent legal place of residence in one of the CE countries, but not in Germany.

Up to two separate scholarships are awarded to persons

  • with permanent legal place of residence in Germany.

All works can be audiovisual. The eligible categories/genres include:

  • Analog Synthesizer
  • Experimental Spatial Pop
  • AI & Sensor Technology

The following realization and presentation modes are available for all three categories:

  • Composition for live electronics
  • Mixed Music (acoustic instruments in combination with electronics)
  • Experimental performance with a prominent electronic music or sound component
  • Live Coding
  • Acousmatic
  • Fixed Media

For multichannel acousmatic or audiovisual fixed media works that use spatial sound as a design tool and are conceived for a performance in the ZKM_Klangdom, the free spatialization software »Zirkonium« developed at the ZKM can be used as an option. For compositions in the AI & Sensor Technology category, we provide a tracking system based on LiDAR technology to determine movement and position data. Other sensor technologies can also be used, but must then be brought along.

We want to represent the diversity in the field of electronic music as entirely as possible. Thus, the competition is open to composers and sound artists of all ages from all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural, ethnic and social background. We are looking forward to a high heterogeneity of applicants.

Complete applications can be submitted via our application portal up to and including March 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CEST. Inquiries can be sent by email to with a customized email subject line along the lines of »Sonic Experiments 2024, submission category/genre, surname«. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. The results will be announced in May 2024.

*Please see link below for fruther conditions, financial and production.*