Call for Submissions: WATER MUSIC

waterMusicLOGOThere is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal. –Lord Byron

Salisbury University Art Galleries and LORD C presents are calling for audio works for a curated show titled Water Music. The goal of Water Music is to present a raw experience of sound anchored in the concept of water.

Composers and sound artists are invited to submit audio works 2 to 4 minutes in length. Entries may include any work created as a musical composition which is captured on recorded media and does not require live performers for its production. Its creation can include but is not limited to acoustic instruments, voice, environmental sources, and computer (Sampling, Max/MSP, Ableton Live, MIDI, C Sound, ProTools, etc.).  All submissions will be reviewed according to their interpretation of the concept, compositional make-up, and approach to sound recording.

Works selected for Water Music will be presented as a listening event on Thursday, April 24 in downtown Salisbury, Maryland at the Salisbury University Art Galleries Downtown Campus. The listening event will take place at 7:00pm and again at 8:00pm.

Deadline for submissions for Water Music is Friday, April 18th.

There is no admission fee.

Works selected for Water Music will be announced shortly following the deadline.


LORD C presents is a music series dedicated to exploring innovative or unfamiliar work by emerging and established artists of various perspectives.

The SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus is supported in part by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Maryland State Arts Council, the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, and Salisbury University.

Submission guidelines and other information:

1) Audio playback for the exhibit will be through a 2-channel system. Any work between mono and stereo 2-channel is eligible.

2) Files have to be delivered as up to 2 mono files, or as interleaved files. If you send individual stems, name them according to the following conventions: L, R.

3) The audio quality should be 48 KHz, 16 or 24 Bit. Do not send compressed formats. The work will be distributed on a video DVD, so if you send 44.1 KHz Sample Rate, we have to convert it to 48 KHz.

4) Send the audio files through a delivery service such as YouSendIt, Dropbox, Droplr, SendBigFiles – or include the links for downloading the materials from your site. Include a text file with the title of the piece, name of the composer, your email address, plus a descriptive text about your work and bio. Please do not exceed 1000 characters.

5) Send the materials to DO NOT ATTACH AUDIO FILES. Send the audio files through a delivery service such as YouSendIt, Dropbox, Droplr, SendBigFiles – or include the links for downloading the materials from your site.

6) Up to three works may be submitted.

Any questions can be addressed via email. Please use “Water Music” for the subject line.

Questions regarding the call for works and and submission directions should be addressed to Eric Shuster at

Questions regarding technical aspects should be addressed to Juan Soto-Bown at

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