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EMPAC Announces Reembodied Sound 2024

Symposium registration is open thru Jan 19, 2024
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Troy, NY: EMPAC / the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute jointly announce Reembodied Sound 2024: A Festival and Symposium on Transducer-based Music and Sonic Art, February 2–3, 2024.

Reembodied Sound 2024 offers two days of public events at EMPAC in February for composers, sound artists, scholars, researchers, engineers, and audiences to come together to investigate issues of aesthetics, ethnography, technical design, compositional techniques, and pedagogy. Its festival is presented with the EMPAC Curatorial Program, renowned for producing ambitious new works at the intersection of art and technology, and its call for project submissions was sponsored by the Rensselaer Arts Department, a leader in multimedia arts education within a technological setting.

All activities are open to the public and take place at EMPAC, located on the campus of Rensselaer. Its keynote address is to be given by visiting scholar, composer, and sound artist Cathy van Eck. A durational performance of David Tudor’s Rainforest IV headlines the festival. Curated by EMPAC’s Amadeus Julian Regucera and facilitated by Tudor collaborators and sound artists Phil Edelstein and John Driscoll, the festival’s presentation of Rainforest IV will be performed by students of the Rensselaer Arts Department.

As part of the interdisciplinary symposium, the Department of Arts at Rensselaer invited submissions for projects that help illustrate the growing use of transducers in music and sonic art. Selected projects will align with the goals of the symposium, which are to share practical information, inspire artists with new tools and possibilities, and lay a foundation for scholarly discourse and technological investigation.

Open call is now closed. Due to the volume of submissions, selected projects will be announced on or after Tuesday, December 7, 2023.

For questions about submissions or the symposium, email

Special Thanks: Reembodied Sound 2024 is made possible with funding from the Rensselaer Department of Arts, the Vollmer Fries Lecture Series, the Rensselaer Union Kodosky Gift Fund, and EMPAC-the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

October 2, 2023