SPLICE Institute

Application Deadline

February 1, 2022

Application Fee

$0

SPLICE Institute

SPLICE is an organization dedicated to the performance, creation, and development of music for performers and electronics. SPLICE is comprised of an annual Institute designed for performers and composers to study the integration of performance with electronics, an annual two-day Festival of concerts that blend engaging live performances with new technologies, and the Ensemble, a trumpet, piano, and percussion trio focussed on cultivating a canon of the most important works composed for instruments and electronics.

SPLICE Institute is a week-long, intensive summer program for performers, composers, and composer-performers interested in music that combines live performance and electronics. Applications are now being accepted for SPLICE Institute 2022, which will take place in-person June 26–July 2, 2022 in Kalamazoo, MI. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022, 11:59PM Eastern Time.

Each year, SPLICE Institute faculty and participants present up to nine concerts featuring some of the most exciting contemporary music involving live performance and electronics. Since 2015, hundreds of works for live performance and electronics, including 123 world premieres, have been programmed at SPLICE Institute.
PROCESS

Please be prepared to submit contact and biographical information, answer questions about your previous experience with electroacoustic music, and submit composition or performance examples for review.

  • For sound files and videos, please provide links to Google Drive (with non-expiring links that are shared with anyone with the link), Soundcloud, YouTube, etc…

  • For scores, please provide non-expiring links to files that are openly available (ex.: Google Drive, Dropbox, a download link from your own website). Since our adjudicators will not use the same account, do not share files with any specific account (share with anyone with the link).

ADMISSIONS AND PAYMENT TIMELINE

February 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST: Application Deadline

February 7, 2022: Rolling admissions begin. We hope to notify all applicants by March 1, 2022.

Ten-days after acceptance notification: Deadline to submit the non-refundable $200 program fee deposit and to confirm attendance.

May 15, 2022: Deadline to submit remaining balance of tuition, housing, and meal fees.

PARTICIPANT COLLABORATION TIMELINE

Friday, May 6, 2022: Deadline for composers writing a new work to send the collaborating performer a draft score of the work. This can be provided earlier, but not later than this date.

Friday, May 20, 2022: Deadline for composers writing a new work to send the collaborating performer a FINAL SCORE.

Monday June 6, 2022: Deadline for composers writing a new work to send performer FINAL ELECTRONIC SUPPORT materials (sound files, Max patch, etc.) and any other necessary materials required for rehearsal prior to the meetings that will occur at SPLICE. Composers should only expect minor changes to be possible after the start of SPLICE, since all participants will be busy during the week. This will also be the deadline for all participant composers to send all necessary performance materials and technical information via a Google Form to SPLICE.

Sunday, June 26, 2022, by noon: You must arrive at SPLICE Institute by noon on Sunday in order to have your collaborative meeting.

Workshops and Collaborations

EACH YEAR, SPLICE INSTITUTE EXPLORES A SPECIFIC THEME. THIS YEAR’S THEME WILL BE INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA PRACTICES, WITH WORKSHOPS FOCUSING ON MULTIMEDIA, INCLUDING VIDEO EDITING, PROCESSING, AND LIVE VIDEO MANIPULATION.

COMPOSITION WORKSHOPS

Composition workshops will be offered at all experience levels, with workshops in beginning and advanced SuperCollider, Interactive Video, Improv with Electronics, Interactive Controllers, Open Music, and Orchidea (computer-assisted orchestration). A beginning Max workshop will introduce newcomers to this powerful application, while advanced Max workshops will explore topics including Jitter, gen~, synthesis, and more.

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

Performance workshops for beginners will cover working with electronics in rehearsal and performance without the aid of a composer or sound engineer. Workshops focus on setting up equipment, learning about mixers and microphones, studying the musicality of electronics, and introductions to Max, Logic, and Supercollider. There are also advanced workshops that specifically include content for performers with significant previous experience, including those who have previously attended SPLICE Institute.

CONCERT COLLABORATIONS

Composers and performers selected for a concert collaboration are paired to collaborate on a new work that will be premiered at SPLICE Institute. Composers will be paired with Vicki Ray, SPLICE Ensemble, or participant performers to write and premiere a new work at the Institute. Composer-performers can present a work that they write for themselves to perform. And, new this year, select participants may take part in the inaugural EA-chamber music program. Participant-performers would play a new work with the SPLICE Ensemble written for the quartet by a participant-composer.

Community building and collaboration form the core of SPLICE’s mission and activities. Attendees become part of a community that continues to grow and develop beyond the Institute.

While SPLICE Institute allows participants to find a collaborative process that works for them, composers and performers agree to adhere to the collaboration deadlines indicated here. Communicating and figuring out how to work together is largely the responsibility of the participants; however, each collaborative team will be assigned a faculty member who will provide mentorship during the collaborative process. Additionally, all individuals collaborating on a new work will meet with a faculty member during the afternoon on the first Sunday of the Institute between noon and 6 pm. We are dedicated to facilitating these collaborative processes and hope that attendees at SPLICE Institute will form relationships that result in future collaborations and projects. We suggest the following regarding the collaborative projects that will premiere at the Institute:

  1. As soon as you are paired with someone, begin communications regarding creating a plan that works for both collaborators, including more specific deadlines, aesthetic considerations, and technical concerns.

  2. Make sure that you are being clear regarding your preferences, while also being responsive and open-minded to the ideas and concerns of your collaborator.

  3. If something is not clear to you, continue to ask questions until it is clear.

  4. We recommend that, given the time restrictions inherent in this type of process, these collaborations and premieres be viewed as works-in-progress; however, a number of collaborations from previous years resulted in final products that went on to be presented at conferences including SEAMUS, NYCEMF, ICMC, EMM, and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium.

The requirements regarding these works are as follows:

  • Technology required can not exceed the equipment that we have available.*

  • The program note must include a statement that the work was written to premier at SPLICE Institute.

  • The work may not exceed 8 minutes in duration, unless special permission is provided and both members of the collaborating team agree to the duration.

  • Composers must write pieces that the performers can perform in the composer’s absence. This requires clear performance materials that facilitate the presentation of the work.

*SPLICE has access to music technology equipment at Western Michigan University during the week. This technology is quite robust and includes numerous microphone options, a 5.1 speaker configuration, software, and all other equipment common in these performance situations. For anything that is exceptional, please inquire about your tech needs early on in the process.

2022 Institute Costs and Scholarships

Participant with concert collaboration: $670

Participant: $470

HOUSING

The room and board accommodations are very reasonably priced. The rooms are in a relatively old dormitory. There are rooms available with air conditioning.

The following prices have been updated to reflect the current cost for 2022:

Single-Occupancy Double-Occupancy
Room with no air conditioning $28.50/night or $199.50/week $23.75/night or $166.25/week
Room with air conditioning $60.00/night or $420.00/week $46.25/night or $323.75/week

You are not required to stay on campus and there are various hotels in the area.

MEALS

The meals are cafeteria-style meals similar to what is found at most state universities.

Meals in the university cafeteria: $29.75/day (includes three meals)

The above price has been updated to reflect the current cost for 2022.

Though it is not required, we recommend participants eat meals in the cafeteria; faculty eat nearly all their meals at the cafeteria, and the communal mealtime is part of the community-building feature of SPLICE.

2022 INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIPS

SPLICE Institute 2022 fee for collaborating composers and performers is $670, and for participants is $470. SPLICE Institute offers numerous scholarship opportunities including scholarships specifically for individuals who identify as woman, non-binary, genderqueer, black, person of color, or indigenous to the Americas. Additional scholarship opportunities are available and may be contingent on the recipient assisting with production and/or administrative tasks. The application form contains an area to indicate your interest in being considered for these scholarships.

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

SPLICE will offer complete program reductions ($670) to five participants who identify as a woman, non-binary, or genderqueer and who participate in concert collaborations..

COMPLETE SCHOLARSHIP OFFERINGS

Scholarship Description and Requirements Amount
Diversity Scholarship
  1. Identify as a woman, non-binary, genderqueer, black, person of color, or indigenous to the Americas
  2. Participate in a concert collaboration
$670
Concert Tech Assistant
  1. Help setup and manage technology for concerts
$50-$200
Stage Management Assistant
  1. Help manage stage items during concerts
$50-$150
Primary Sound Tech Assistant
  1. Help setup technology spaces and help with concerts during the week
  2. Must arrive in Kalamazoo by Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 11 AM
$400