Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Composers Voice Dance Collaboration

CALL FOR NEW MUSIC WORKS - Composer's Voice Dance Collaboration

Erin Bomboy, a dance choreographer, seeks music for a new dance piece.
Inspired by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds, she plans to use the audience as
the final arbiter for the music selection. Works should be recorded for
stereo playback between 4:30 to 5:00 minutes in length and submitted as MP3
audio files.

Deadline: Monday, October 19th 2012

First Prize Award: $250 commission and premier premiere as part of Movement
Research's Open Performance series on January 23rd at 8PM

Honorary Prize: a NYC premier performance with dance at Composer's Voice
concert series November 18th at 1PM

The process will unfold in three parts.


Composers may submit 4:30 to 5:00 minutes of material using the parameters
and general outline listed below.


5 semifinalist compositions will be selected. They will premiere in live
performance at Composer's Voice on Sunday, November 18th at 1PM featuring
Bomboy's choreography. The movements of the dance will not be altered
although speed, movement quality, and performance quality may change based
on the dancers' response to the music. Videos of the piece will be made
available to the public. Interested parties may vote for their favorite
music/dance combination.


The composer who obtains the most votes wins the commission to finish the
piece (another 4-5minutes) and a $250 PRIZE! The full piece will premiere as
part of Movement Research's Open Performance series on January 23rd at 8PM.


The piece will involve two female dancers exploring the idea of a parallel
universe. The dancers will confront the ramifications of encountering your
personal duplicate. The performances will perform in pointe shoes but not
dancing in a balletic style.

You can see a link of Bomboy's choreography here:


  • :00 -:45= short bursts of sound punctuated by silence

  • :46 - 1:30 = sounds becoming more cohesive and organized

  • 1:31 - 2:20 = sounds develop into a cohesive melody, a pulsing rhythm begins
    at some point

  • 2:21 - 3:20 = melody becomes more unsettling and the rhythm intensifies

  • 3:21 - 4:10 = short bursts of sound and silence interspersed with a driving

  • 4:10 - 4:45 = Frenetic build up that stops short of a climax

All times are approximations.

A consistent time signature is requested. For example works that start in 6/8 should stay in 6/8 and not change to 4/4 during the piece. Tempo is the composer's choice.

Please submit all works to erinbomboy@aol.com by Monday, October 19th 2012