Composers and sound artists have only got a few days – until May 31st – to answer the annual Vox Novus call for 60-second recorded works for the 60×60 Project.  What started as a gleam in the eye of composer and impresario Robert Voisey is now celebrating its tenth season of providing international exposure and multiple performances to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage.

60×60 was designed to showcase the diversity of the contemporary music scene by getting as many composers as possible before the largest possible audience.  And it’s succeeded — 2000 composers have had their works heard in more than 250 performances in over 30 countries to audiences in the tens of thousands.  Over the years 60×60 mixes have been presented in concert halls, theaters, museums, art galleries, public atriums, bars, nightclubs, building facades, and storefront windows in New York City; not to mention on the radio, TV and netcasts around the world.  Each 60×60 “mix” is one hour long, made up of 60 pre-recorded pieces a minute long or less, by 60 different composers.  During concerts each of the 60 pieces selected begins precisely at the beginning of the appropriate minute.  Works that are less than 60 seconds long are “padded” with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition.

In addition to the traditional 60×60 International Mix, Vox Novus is planning to create at least 10 mixes to celebrate 60×60’s tenth call for works. Planned mixes include the Canada Mix, Athena Mix, UnTwelve Mix, Northeast Mix, Europe Mix, Presenters Mix, and more.

 The call is open to composers of any nationality, age, or career stage and the deadline for submissions is, once again, May 31, 2012.  There is no application fee. Audio submissions must be in either FLAC, AIFF or WAV file format.  For full details, visit www.60× , and with any questions email support at voxnovus dot com .

By Polly Moller

Polly Moller is a composer, performer, improviser, performance artist, and curator based in Oakland, California, USA. She practices a lot, writes many grant proposals, drinks a lot of mochas, and serves on the Board of Directors of Outsound Presents.