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    The Psychology of Music

    November 30, 2012 · Posted in Classical / Modern · 2 Comments 

    There’s more to why we like music than just a catchy beat or an easy karaoke tune. In this article by the University of Florida, we learn how our brain reacts to music and the importance of music education in our lives.

    Via: University of Florida

    The 2010 Shure Songwriting Award

    January 7, 2010 · Posted in Songwriting · Comment 

    The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) and Shure are delighted to announce the launch of the 2010 Shure Songwriting Award. Previously known as the Shure Creative Award and supported by Amy McDonald and K.T. Tunstall, the competition will be judged this year by the sensational singer/songwriter, Paloma Faith.

    Paloma has taken the music world by storm this year releasing her debut album “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?” With the release of her first single ‘Stone Cold Sober’ being brought forward a month early after UK radio leapt on it with such enthusiasm, she is proving herself to be a major new star!

    So, if you are a singer/songwriter looking to emulate Paloma and make a career out of your talent, why not take part in this year’s award competition? First prize is a unique opportunity to attend, free of charge, the fantastic one-year Professional Diploma in Songwriting course at the ICMP, Europe’s leading school of modern music, worth over £5,000! And in addition, two runners up will win some amazing Shure gear.

    Studying at the ICMP, you will be able to take part in regular live showcase events, professionally develop your talent and have direct access to leading industry professionals. The winner of last year’s award, Zemmy, has already played and performed at a range of high-profile London venues and has supported talented singer/songwriter Amy Studt on part of her UK tour.

    To enter, all you have to do is upload an original song to the award website before April 2nd 2010. A combination of an expert panel of judges plus public voting will select a top 8 and then Paloma will be making her selection for this year’s winner! Commenting on the award, Paloma said:

    “I’m really excited to be involved with the judging of the Shure Songwriting Award with the ICMP. I think that competitions like this are important to help nurture and support new talent!”

    This could be your chance – it could be your song chosen this year! For further details on entry guidelines, terms and conditions or for further information visit the award website or contact the ICMP directly on:

    ? 020 7328 0222

    The 2010 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

    November 29, 2009 · Posted in Classical / Modern, Electronic Music · Comment 

    The University of Illinois School of Music presents:

    The 2010 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

    Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality.

    Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble in November of 2010 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

    Judges: A panel of judges consisting of University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the award concert/reception and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide a stipend for lodging). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.

    1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for one to fifteen performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for tape, electronics and/or mixed media with or without instruments/voices are eligible.
    2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum
    3. Limit: One entry per composer
    4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of fifteen U.S. dollars ($15.00) must be included with each submission. Payment must be in US Dollars in the form of a check, international money order or credit card (preferable). All checks and money orders must be payable to the University of Illinois, and must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Please make sure to print the credit card authorization form (clik here for form) and sign authorizing the use of the card for the amount specified, the type of card, card number, and expiration date (incomplete authorizations will be rejected).
    5. Anonymous Submission: The composer’s name must not appear on the score itself or on any item (tape, CD, etc.) submitted in supplement to the application. A sealed envelope must accompany the score and contain the composer’s name, address, telephone number/e-mail (if applicable) and a brief biographical sketch. If a recording of the work is available, it should accompany the score and be identified only by the title of the composition.
    6. Return of Materials: Scores will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the proper size is enclosed.
    7. Previous winners and faculty and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

    Send submissions to:
    2010 Martirano Composition Award
    Attn: Zack Browning, Director, Martirano Award
    2136 Music Building
    University of Illinois
    1114 West Nevada
    Urbana, IL 61801 USA
    All submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2010
    Zack Browning

    Sundance Institute Announces Six Fellows for the 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab

    July 15, 2009 · Posted in Film Scoring · Comment 

    Fellows Span the Musical Spectrum with Unique Backgrounds in Jazz, Funk, Big Band, and Classical

    Creative Advisors Include Three-Time Academy Award Winner Walter Murch and Golden Globe Winner Harry Gregson-Williams

    Los Angeles, CA — Today, Sundance Institute announced the six musicians selected for the 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs from July 15 – July 29 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. This year’s Composers Lab Fellows are Kim Carroll, Chanda Dancy, Magda Giannikou, Lili Haydn, Christopher Lord, and David Poe. The selected composers bring an eclectic range of talent to the two-week lab, which focuses on the process of writing music for film with the support and guidance of the industry’s leading film composers and film music professionals.

    To give the composers first-hand experience, the Lab Fellows also collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. The Composers Lab Fellows will explore the process of writing music for film by creating accompanying scores for scenes shot during the Feature Film Program’s Directors Lab, held earlier this summer.

    The Composers Lab is a major component of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, dedicated to supporting emerging film composers and to enhancing the role of music in independent film. First offered from 1986-1989, the Composers Lab was re-introduced in the summer of 1998 to provide a collaborative and supportive environment in which composers experiment and expand their musical language. The Lab Fellows have a wide variety of experiences — some have never scored a film while others have composed quite a few scores for independent film.

    “During their time at the lab, we create a place where the composers can focus on stretching their unique musical voice,” said Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Music Program. “By pairing composers with filmmakers, we initiate dialogue and explore the important role music plays in storytelling. We are thrilled that this year’s fellows bring a diversity of backgrounds and of genres, and their time at the Lab will certainly be a time of exploration and growth.”

    The Fellows for the 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab are:

    Kim Carroll

    Irish-born, Carroll has distinguished himself by taking an organic approach to film composing, using live instruments and employing discrete textured guitar. His credits include the thriller The Colony (Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival); the dark comedy webseries Hellholes; the 2009 Sundance Film Festival acclaimed film The Horse Boy (co-composed with Lili Haydn); and the documentary Survival of the Wildebeest. As a guitarist, he can be heard on the soundtracks of Gone Baby Gone, The Chronicles of Narnia, Veronica Guerin and others.

    Chanda Dancy

    Dancy, a composer of music for film and video games including Arabian Lords and Code Orange, is a graduate of the University of Southern California Advanced Studies in Scoring for Film and Television. She is the winner of 2002 BMI Fellowship in Film Scoring and the 2004 Associated Production Music/Young Musicians Foundation Music Business Fellowship. Dancy has had the opportunity to score several films including the critically acclaimed documentary What Are We Waiting For? and the award-winning feature Chandler Hall. Music by Chanda has been heard around the world at festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, L.A. Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, and L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.

    Magda Giannikou

    Born in Athens, Greece, Giannikou studied piano and musical theory at the National Conservancy of Greece and Nakas Jazz School. After working as an in-house arranger/producer for Legend Recordings’ children’s division, Giannikou attended Berklee College of Music, where she received the Georges Delerue Award for Achievement in Film Scoring. In addition to film composing, Giannikou has explored big band music, and she has performed as an accordionist and vocalist, including for her own band, Mellow Bellow.

    Lili Haydn

    Before launching her solo career, singer-songwriter-violinist Lili Haydn established herself by playing with such diverse artists as Porno for Pyros, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and the Los Angeles Philharmonic,. She has released four solo albums with major labels; her most recent album, Places Between Places, was featured on NPR. A sometime member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Haydn has been called by George Clinton “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” She also co-composed the score to the critically acclaimed 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Horse Boy.

    Christopher Lord

    As a graduate of UCLA and Berklee College of Music, Lord is the top-10 winner of the 8th Annual Young Film Composers Competition (Turner Classic Movies) and was chosen to participate in the mentorship program at the Society of Composers and Lyricists. Recent credits include At the Movies (ABC), Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), and the feature Blind Ambition. As an orchestrator, he has worked on numerous studio films, including Transformers 2VG, The Dark Knight, Hairspray, Evan Almighty, and The Mummy 3.

    David Poe

    Originally from the Midwest, Poe was transplanted to Manhattan where he ran the soundboard for the legendary CBGB’s gallery before he signed onto Sony/Epic. A songwriter, producer and composer for film, theater, and dance, Poe has scored the films Chapter, Dare, Harvest and Little Spirit, created premiere musical works for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and released four albums and a live performance DVD. He has collaborated with numerous artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Regina Spektor and Duncan Sheik.

    This year’s Creative Advisors include George S. Clinton (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery); Osvaldo Golijov (Tetro, Youth Without Youth), Harry Gregson-Williams (Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Taking of Pelham 123); music supervisor and head of music at Lionsgate Tracy McKnight (The Groomsmen, Wordplay, Friends with Money); film editor/sound designer Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, Cold Mountain); David Newman (Death to Smoochy, Ice Age); Doreen Ringer Ross (Vice-President, Film/TV Relations at BMI); Ed Shearmur (The Merry Gentleman, Charlie’s Angels); and film-music agent William “Vasi” Vangelos (First Artists).

    The Sundance Institute Composers Lab receives major support from BMI. Additional support for the 2009 Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab is generously provided by Apple, The Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Hewlett Packard Company, H.P. Marketing, JBL Professional, LaCie, Mackie, Mark of the Unicorn, Native Instruments, Sony Business and Professional Products Company, Sony Media, Sony ProAudio, and Soundcraft.

    Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents the annual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Angels in America, Spring Awakening, Boys Don’t Cry, Sin Nombre, Born into Brothels and Trouble the Water.

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