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Biennale College Musica 2023

10 musicians, composers, performers, sound artists, and programmers

Biennale College Musica 2023

Selection of up to a maximum of 10 musicians, composers, performers, sound artists and programmers for a program of residence, research and production of a new project for the Biennale Musica Micro-Music Festival in Venice (16 > 29 October 2023).


The selection is dedicated to young musicians, composers, performers, sound artists or programmers interested in the production of a new musical project related to one of the following areas of digital music research and creation:

Computer Composition, Algorithmic Composition, Experimental Performance, Generative Music, Sound Installation, Biotechnology applied to Music, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality Sound Projects, Electronica.


The Biennale College Musica 2023 project will involve up to a maximum of 10 young composers, performers, sound artists or programmers selected from all over the world, aged between 18 and 30, who will be in residence for research and musical creation in Venice at the CIMM Studios (La Biennale di Venezia Centre for Computer Music and Multimedia) for 8 weeks divided into three two-week stays during the 2023 and two-week stay during the festival Micro-Music, dedicated to the diffusion and treatment of the digital sound (October 16 -29,  2023).

The group of tutors is made up of leading artists and programmers of digital sound: Miller Puckette, Gerfried Stocker, Kyoka, Thierry Coduys, Brigitta Muntendorf and Oscar Pizzo.

The selection will be made considering the research areas of the different tutors so that each tutor can be the direct supervisor of one or two selected projects.

The selected musicians will follow lessons and conferences proposed by the tutors and will work in residence to create new projects that will be programmed within the Micro-Music Festival.

Each stay will be organized with common and individual lessons of the tutors, different periods of supervised work in the studios and individual work in dedicated spaces of La Biennale di Venezia.

The work in the studio will offer sessions for programming, elaboration, recording and sound diffusion under the supervision of different tutors and the technical staff of the Biennale Musica.

The Biennale College Musica team will be in contact with the participants throughout the whole process of creation and production (from March to October 2023).

Tutors and areas of interest

Miller Puckette
Algorithmic composition
Miller Puckette is one of the most important innovators of real-time music elaboration, creator of Max, currently developing Pure Data, an open-source real-time multimedia arts programming environment. He obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986). Puckette is professor at the music department of the University of California, San Diego.


Gerfried Stocker
Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology applied to Music
Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. Since 1995, has been artistic director of Ars Electronica. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.


Experimental Performance
Kyoka is a Japan-born and Berlin-based, electronic producer, DJ, installation artist and field recorder, with an extraordinary capacity to explore and experiment with her pioneer type of approach to sound for her chaotic and direct musical approach and a heavy-rough sound, resulting in a broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms.
Kyoka is the first solo female artist signed to what it used to be iconic German experimental label Raster-Noton (posteriorly split into raster-media and NOTON), home to artists like Alva Noto (a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai), Byetone, Frank Bretschneider, Ryuichi Sakamoto, William Basinski and Ryoji Ikeda.


Thierry Coduys
Sound diffusion
Thierry Coduys, composer of electronic music and sound engineer, has collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Reich to produce electroacoustic and computing systems. After a few years at IRCAM, Coduys became an assistant to Luciano Berio and launch the technology platform La kitchen in 1999. In 2007, Coduys began to collaborate independently with Le Hub to pursue his research in a new, flexible and open format. Over the last fifteen years Coduys has also developed a new graphic interface, IanniX, a software inspired by Iannis Xenakis’s UPIC.


Brigitta Muntendorf
Digital Composition
Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
The German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf has created a multi-layered web of analog-digital modes of expression in her works. Her settings range from instrumental, choral and orchestral music to transdigital music/dance theater and 3D sound/AR installations. She is the founder of Ensemble Garage and artistic director of the FMN Festival; since 2018 she has been professor for composition at the HfMT Cologne and director of the Institute for Contemporary Music.


Oscar Pizzo
Sound dramaturgy
Oscar Pizzo is a pianist, dramaturg and artistic director. During the last two decades was artistic director of Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Fondazione Musica per Roma Auditorium of Rome, Eur Culture per Roma/La Nuvola, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and several collaboration with Theatre and Modern Art Museum. In 2013 received the Honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, from the Ministry of Culture of France.


Ali Nikrang
Creative intelligence
Ali Nikrang is a Key Researcher & Artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. He has his background in both Technology and Art. He studied Computer Science at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and composition with focus on new media at the university Mozarteum in Salzburg. Besides, he obtained a diploma in piano performance at the same university. Before he joined the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 2011, he worked as a researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna. His research involves the interaction between human and AI systems for creative tasks with focus on music. It includes the investigation of creative outcomes of AI systems and how it can be leaded, enhanced and personalized through interaction with human user. As a classical musician and AI researcher, he has been involved in numerous projects combining artificial intelligence and music. He is the creator of the research tool Ricercar, an AI-based collaborative music composition system that can be used to compose classical music. In addition, his work has been featured in various conferences and exhibitions around the world (and has also been part of several TV and radio documentaries on artificial intelligence and creativity). In 2020, he has received the RFT Young Scientist Award of Upper Austria.


Yoko Shimizu
Symbiotic Creativity
Yoko Shimizu is a researcher and artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, with a background in biology and chemistry. She was born in Japan and raised in the United States, where she was inspired by the art scene in New York as a child.Her career started as a creative director and consultant for technology companies in Japan. Later, she started her own lab, receiving awards for biology-inspired installations, and has given exhibitions, talks, and performances worldwide. Yoko currently develops innovative technologies, methods, and installations that combine science and art, and works with companies, government entities, museums, and universities around the globe. Yoko has experience in managing and directing corporate as well as government projects and also provides talks and lectures in international events and conferences.

Data sheet

Workshop dates:
March 27–April 7, 2023
May 2 – 12, 2023
September 11 – 22, 2023
[Tutor’s lectures, studio work, design, realization of the projects]

Micro-Music Festival
October 16 -29, 2023
[Projects production and presentation]

Venue of the workshops: Venice

Venue of the performances/installations/concerts: Venice (to be defined)

Number of possible participants: up to a maximum of 10

Nationality: the call for applications is open to all nationalities

Age limit: +18 > 30 years (as of January 31, 2023)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2023

Announcement of selected artists: by February 28, 2023

Project Deadline: September 23, 2023

Production phase: October 2023

Presentation of the new projects: during the Biennale Musica (16 > 29 October 2023)


Applicants must register by filling in the online form and submit, by the deadline of 31 January 2023:

Detailed CV in English, brief description of the project in English (each candidate can present one or two projects), 1 or 2 PDFs of scores, audio and/or video documentation concerning past projects.


Candidate selection:
The selected musicians/composers/performers/sound artists or programmers will be chosen by the Artistic Director after close scrutiny of their CVs and documentation of artistic production.

Registration fee:
There are no application fees.

The selected musicians only will be required to pay a registration fee of € 80.00 (VAT included, non-refundable) to be paid exclusively by credit card following the announcement of their acceptance.

Travel and accommodation:
La Biennale di Venezia provides travel and accommodation for the participants.

Each participant will receive a fee for his/her performance/composition/installation of € 1,000 gross.



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