Winners announced for The Engine Room

Last night saw the opening of The Engine Room International Sound Art exhibition at Morley Gallery and the announcement of the winners of the first international sound art competition.

The winners were announced by the judges, Professor Simon Emerson, an electroacoustic music composer; Ray Lee, artist composer and performer; Mira Calix, an award winning composer, artist and performer; and Janek Shaefer, artist.

The winners are as follows:

  • 1st prize: Andrea Byrne (UK), Twinkle
  • 2nd prize: Thilo Schoelpen & Robert Schleisieck (Germany), Feedback Plant
  • 3rd prize: Oliver Carman (UK), Piano Fragments 
  • Janek Schaefer prize: Andrea Byrne, Hush Hush Cecilia

First place prize was £500 and a DPA 4090 microphone; second place, £250 and a Tannoy Reveal 402 active studio monitors; third place, £100 and a TC Electronic BMC-2 monitor controller. The Guest Artists Prize awarded by Janek Schaefer wins £50, a Mogami Cable and a 12-month Sound on Sound subscription.

Due to the high standard of the work on display the judges decided during deliberation to also award honourable mentions to two artists, awarding them £50 each. Honourable mentions went to Archie Leigh-Jones (UK), Tan-annoy and Barbara Bartos (Italy), Soundscape instrument.

The competition attracted over 130 works from 33 countries a far afield as the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Germany, Nigeria, Canada, Finland, India and Brazil. From these twenty-two works were selected for the exhibition from emerging sound artists from Singapore, Russia, Germany, Colombia, Italy, Canada, France, the United States and the United Kingdom. Alongside these works will be Aerial Aria in the aviary, a newly commissioned installation by established sound artist Janek Schaefer.

The Engine Room is an initiative by Morley College, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art. The competition is supported by Sound on Sound, HHB, Academia, TC Electronic, Tannoy, Mogami, Bigger Boat and Genelec.

The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition 2015 runs from 12 May – 12 June 2015. Entry is free. 

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