Deadline: 13 April 2016
Call for entries


Based on the reproduction process of the wave field synthesis, speaker arrays generate a sound field in which the sound source can be located much steadier in comparison to conventional audio systems, thus creating a realistic acoustic environment. For this a IOSONO CORE audio processor from Barco will be deployed. This fascinating technology enables artists to place virtual sound sources in space – independently of the speaker system – and for the audience to perceive the sounds accordingly. These object-based, spatial audio mixes were created in the Spatial Audio Workstation (SAW) in Nuendo. On the basis of the original Nuendo project the winning artist of the competition will stage a spatial production of his pre-recorded audio materials in collaboration with experts from IOSONO.


All interested artists can submit their audio concept ideas for the Genius Loci Weimar Festival from 16 March 2016 up to the deadline of 13 April 2016. The winning project will be realised with a prize money of 5,000 Euros and presented during a festival to take place from 12 to 14 August 2016.

Venue Spatial Audio Installation 2016:

Hafiz Goethe Memorial

Contestants are invited to submit an artistic concept by 23:59 h (CET) on 13.04.2016, including:

a thirty-second audio clip (stereo WAV)
an explanatory text (max. 300 words) describing the design and components of the spatial acoustics.
a cover letter from the participant or group, including self-description and appropriate references. During processing, this text will be professionally edited to produce a definitive self-description (max. 300 words)
a specification of the support team and of designated representatives
an image as visual representation of your project (1280 x 900 px)

The best submission will be awarded the commission:

To create a 10-15 minute acoustic production that can be performed during the festival weekend.
A budget of 5,000 Euros will be provided for the artistic realisation of the work.
The production will be of the highest technical and artistic quality.

The key requirements for the Genius Loci Weimar competition:

An innovative design in the form of an acoustic audio production with special consideration of the genius loci.
An individual, original and sophisticated handling of the spirit of the location with respect to history and architecture, as well as to the people who were active there and who have influenced the surroundings, and to historical events that have left visible or invisible traces
The conscious omission of erratic gimmickry and showmanship, intrusive clichés and careless historical retelling.

Find the detailed competition tender under GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS