Caöll for entries
Deadline: 1 August 2011

CALL for sound compositions for a series of the sound installations “Sounding Doors,” a part of the project “Open Doors”
30 August – 10 September – Karlsruhe/Germany

We invite musicians, sound artists and engineers to create compositions for a series of the installations “Sounding Doors”. Selected compositions will be played by opening/closing the door augmented with specially integrated electronics. Selected compositions will be played according to a set schedule from the 30th of August to the 10th of September at the main door of three public buildings (the Central train station, the cafe-bar “Bento gallery” on Werderplatz, the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Participants will be featured in the OPEN DOORS publication and DVD.

DEADLINE 1 August 2011

Compositions can be written and performed with any musical instrument, equipment or voice using any technique. Programmed compositions or custom software are particularly welcome (e.g. MAX, Pd, etc.; for more details about the interface with the sensors please contact us). Please note that the real-time data of the door’s speed, acceleration and position will be used to control the playback.
 Compositions can be short (~3-6 sec) and/or long (up to 30 sec). The audio file format should be mono AIFF.
Please email your compositions accompanied (optionally) with your brief bio or/and artistic statements (max 250 words) to

Julijonas Urbonas (LT/UK), Ludger Brümmer (DE), Friedemann Dupelius (DE)

Julijonas Urbonas:, Tel. +447500142885 (UK), +37060331357 (LT)
Akvilė Eglinskaitė:, Tel. +49 176 35779538 (DE)


About the project “Open Doors”

The interactive and socio-cultural art project ”Open Doors” – drawing on hybrid forms of art – will be presented in the public space of the city Karlsruhe to the attention of a diverse audience. The main program, comprising a creative lab, discussions, various art activities and the presentation of interactive media installations, will take place on 29 August – 11 September 2011, in various venues of the city Karlsruhe.

The project “Open Doors ” is the winner of the competition 2011 – the program of the Schering Stiftung and MitOst e.V.

CONTRIBUTORS Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
 (ZKM), Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, 
Kunstraum “Morgenstrasse”

About the Sounding Doors
The sound art installation Sounding Door will explore the potential of the door’s sonic aesthetics. The special electronic equipment installed in various sites of Karlsruhe will enable composers, musicians, sound designers and artists to sonify the act of opening or closing the door and the ritual of stepping over the threshold. The participating authors will shape the door’s sonic character, created the building’s “voice”, make their contribution to the city’s soundscape or just compose music for the door. The latter will become both a musical instrument and a stage, while the composers and the “users” of the door alike will act as performers.
Sound designers create the sounds of mobile phones, crispy corn flakes and even hairdryers, while apparently leaving such essential element of daily experience as the door without due attention. Although sound design and architectural acoustics have become disciplines in their own right, the sound of architecture itself is still rarely discussed. Why are we confined to choosing a door for our home space only based on the visual characteristics of the former and not, for instance, the specific sound of its hinges?