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The UMBC Department of Music announces its second annual LIVEWIRE Festival and Symposium (Oct. 27-29, 2011). Livewire 2: On Fire focuses on controversies, developments and trends in contemporary music in the first decade of the 21st century. We are soliciting proposals for paper presentations, lecture recitals, and demonstrations related to music-making in the first decade of the millenium, including but not limited to uses of technology, performance practice, specific works or composers, trends in any and all musical genres, issues of documentation and dissemination, or issues related to under-represented groups. In collaboration with Vox Novus, the Livewire Festival is also soliciting 60” electroacoustic works with or without video for a festival installation.

Interested participants should send an abstract of 250 words or less, audio documentation and a proposed program (for lecture recitals), a short bio, and a complete list of technical requirements to: Dr. Anna Rubin, FA 519 UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250. Digital submissions are encouraged, and should be sent to airubin@umbc.edu with a subject of “livewire”. If submitting an audio work for 60x60 ONLY, you may post your work at voxnovus.com. If submitting a video work for 60x60, send it directly on DVD to Anna Rubin. Alternatively, you can send an online link to your audio and/or video submissions. All submissions must be postmarked by March 18, 2011.