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The Extensible Electric Guitar Festival
Clark University, Worcester MA USA
April 4-5, 2008

Call for Music and Performers

POSTED: 08/01/07

Since its development in the mid-twentieth century, the electric guitar has had a profound influence on many aspects of music, creating new sounds, spurring the development of new musical styles, and reshaping concepts of musicianship. In the early twenty first century, despite retaining its iconic status as a symbol of innovation and transgression, the electric guitar and its uses now seem commonplace, almost routine; in short, the instrument may be in danger of losing its edge.

The Extensible Electric Guitar Festival aims to rediscover and showcase the electric guitar's spirit of innovation and exploration. To that end we are looking for music and musicians that use the electric guitar in innovative ways and extend its capabilities. Music which uses the electric guitar as a controller, with electronics and computers, as a sound source in electroacoustic improvisation, and with other media in performance are encouraged. We anticipate having two evening concerts on the Clark University Campus, one in a concert hall setting, another in a club setting.

Supported technology resources include:

  - A playback system of eight channels (arranged around the periphery of the concert hall)
- Cycling '74's Max/MSP
- Kyma X with Capybara 320
- Proposals for other technologies will be considered

Submissions can be considered in the following audio formats (16bit/44.1k only for submission; performance quality may be 24-bit/96k):

Audio Only:


- CD
- Alesis ADAT
- ProTools session: multi-channel works require explanatory notes for channel placement.
If submitting a data CD, there should be one soundfile per channel; all soundfiles should start at time zero in the mix.

Video (NTSC only):




Materials should be received by January 1, 2008 at:

The Extensible Guitar Festival
Clark University
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610 USA

Materials should include (as necessary and appropriate):


- score/recording of composition
- written description
- program notes & a brief composer/performer biography (max. 200 words each)
- SASE for return of materials (otherwise materials will not be returned)


Contact information:
Project directors:
David Claman <davidclaman@yahoo.com>
Matt Malsky (Clark University) <mmalsky@clarku.edu>



The Extensible Electric Guitar Festival
Clark University, Worcester MA USA
April 4-5, 2008

Call for Presentations
SYMPOSIUM: ‘Instruments of the Post-Prohibitive Age’

POSTED: 08/01/07

Our symposium begins where Kyle Gann’s keynote to the Extensible Toy Piano Festival (Nov. 2005) left us — with a consideration of the ‘post-prohibitive era’.** Listeners have access to music from every historical era, social context and geographic location, and it’s all accessible instantaneously. Musicians can synthesize all previous musical thought. Every musical style, unusual sound, revolutionary impulse or aesthetic ideal can be incorporated into new music. If modernism's relationship with mass-culture was marked by a fear of contagion, our post-prohibitive era might be thought of in terms of information-overload. And how do we go about making sense of it all?

Matt Malsky and David Claman, the directors of the Extensible Electric Guitar Festival, invite paper proposals for a symposium as part of the Festival on April 4-5, 2008. This symposium will provide a forum for an open and far-ranging discussion on themes and issues complementary to the Festival. Presentations will be 30 minutes long. Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):


- instruments vs. instrumentality: guitars and other expressive objects and formation of listening subjects
- pleasurable sounds: entertainment & music’s relationship to mass culture
- music and technoculture: musical means, creativity and technological possibility
- gendering instruments
- racial perspectives on guitars and guitar music
- historical perspectives on musical performance and social practices
- multimedia and new music:the intersection of new musical instruments in diverse media
- the political economy of contemporary composition: the composer and our division of musical labor
- the (impossible) concert: music in everyday/public life
- the live and the canned: performance and listening in the age of the studio
- post-literacy in music: aurality vs. orality

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and include audio-visual requirements. Please submit your proposal by January 1, 2008 via email to <mmalsky@clarku.edu> or by surface post to:


The Extensible Electric Guitar Festival
Clark University
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610 USA

** [Listen to audio of his talk at: <http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/mmalsky/gann_speech.html>
and read Gann’s blog: <http://www.artsjournal.com/postclassic/2005/09/when_does_the_postprohibitive.html>.]

For more information on the festival, please see <http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/mmalsky/xeg/xeg.html>.