Network Music Festival

Sound without Borders // 15-18th July 2020

April 21, 2020
by Charles
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Our Open Call is in progress. We’ve had some questions about it, which are answered here. If you have a question not answered here, please leave a comment or get in touch!


What is network music?

Anything using network technology! So all the techy stuff, plus anything browser based, plus anything collaborating with remote players plus things that engage with networks on a conceptual level.

What’s the difference between “project description” and “programme note”? 

project description: describe whatever technical, aesthetic, musical details necessary to explain your work and what’s interesting/unique/exciting about it to a reviewer.

programme note: a short text that we can put on our website to describe the work to festival audiences.

These could be the same text if that seems appropriate. The word counts are max words, so if you don’t need that many words to describe your work that’s fine too.


Can I lead a workshop that culminates in a concert?

Yes, this is a great idea. Submit it as a workshop and be clear about your intentions in the learning outcomes.

Can I give a series of workshops that span more than one session?

Absolutely! Make sure and mention that in your proposal.

I want my workshop(s) to happen before the festival starts. Is that ok?

Yes, but be sure to mention how far ahead and why you want this.

I’ve never given an online workshop before. Will there be help available?

We will offer optional training for anyone who gives a workshop. More details on this will be forthcoming.

Do I have to deliver my workshop in English? 

We are a global festival and are keen to support workshops delivered in other languages. We’re investigating subtitling in order to reach as wide an audience as possible.


What goes under the other category? For example, what about my amazing idea that’s not really a concert or a workshop?

Every festival we get amazing and hard to categorise submissions, which we love to programme. If you’re wonder if your idea is an other, it probably is. Please submit it!

Oh no, I think I’ve submitted my idea under the wrong category! What do I do?

Never fear. However, if you’re worried about it, please just send us an email:


Can I submit a late proposal?

Alas, once the call is closed, it’s closed. However, right now, it’s still open, so do it now!

Is the deadline going to be extended?

Probably not. We have had to extend the deadline due to a technical glitch with the submission forms. The new deadline is: 11th May 2020 23:59(UTC-12). Please get your ideas in now!

Artist Fees

Will I get paid for my performance/workshop? 

The Network Music Festival this year is running on a principle of mutual aid. We have funding to cover all of our core expenses, so all income above those expenses will be distributed to artists. We’re not selling tickets and all events will be free-to-view because audience incomes are also effected by the coronavirus crisis, but we are allowing people to pay what they can via donation links.

Each concert/workshop will have a dedicated donation link with all proceed split between the artists in that concert/workshop leaders. We also have a generic donation link on the website and all funds raised through this link will also go directly to artists. We will also happily promote your bandcamp/patreon/ko-fi links on the NMF website and during your performance.

If lack of specific artist fees is a barrier to you taking part please get in touch and we will discuss this with you.

April 17, 2020
by shellyknotts
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NMF 2020!!

After a 6 year hiatus, we’re back!!!

Responding to the mass move to online music making during the 2020 global pandemic and with increasing concern among artistic communities about the climate emergency, the festival is returning for a global fourth edition, which will take place entirely online 15-18th July 2020.

The Network Music Festival ran from 2012-2014 in the heart of the creative community in Birmingham (UK). We featured performances from more than 250 artists who explore music making via web platforms and internet connections, and we hope to build on our past festivals with this new online edition running 24 hours a day during the festival period on web streaming platforms.

The main theme for 2020 is communities near and far. As many people find themselves socially distant, the importance of community is not diminished, but rather transformed. People rely on sound to bridge physical gaps, from singing or applauding out their windows, to connecting with others online.  Our connections, then, are either intensely local, or virtually borderless. We stay in touch with friends and neighbours, but also find that collaborating across the world is not harder than collaborating across town. In this year’s festival, we want to celebrate and strengthen the musical communities people have built with networking tools, as well as exploring the aesthetics, performance practice and technologies around topics such as web-streaming, multi-location performance, collaborative music making environments, accessible and sustainable performance practice and more.

We’re happy to be teaming up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded MIMIC project, who are developing a web platform for the artistic exploration of musical machine intelligence, for a special concert of new works developed with MIMIC tools.

We are also running a VR Algorave in collaboration with TOPLAP Mexico who pioneered the VR format in 2020.

We are also launching our OPEN CALL for Performances and Workshops TODAY with a deadline of 7th May 2020. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: 11th May 2020.

As well as a general call for performances and workshops that fit under the festival themes, we also have four special performance calls: MIMIC New WorksNew to NetworkingVR Algorave and Student Works. We have an ‘Other’ category for submissions in other formats that fit with the theme and online format of the festival.

Network Musical Festival will build on past success bringing together communities of artists and researchers through the festival events to build a global community of artists for the festival period. The festival will feature an international line-up including pioneers in the field of Network Music and new and veteran performers who are turning to network music for the first time. Full programme announced in June 2020.

September 26, 2014
by Jonas Hummel
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Call for Laptop Performers

As part of the conference we will host a series of small 3 minute laptop battles.

In this anyone who is present at the conference can participate! Artists as well as audience members.

You just need your laptop, an audio setup to make some sound and you are ready to go!

Contact me or come to the conference on saturday morning 12.30 pm or contact me: Jonas // mail [AT] // 07933 183296

September 23, 2014
by shellyknotts
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Call for instrumental performers

Call for Performers to create new version of: Parallaxis for four instruments and electronics in the graphic score concert of the Network Music Festival in Birmingham UK.

Performance: SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 6pm // Rehearsals Saturday 27th time/location TBA.

Please email for more information or to get involved!

more details:

August 26, 2014
by shellyknotts
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Call for Remote Performers and Workshop Participants

Capriccio for Networked Performers

Performance // Saturday 27th September // 5-6pm

Capriccio* for Networked Performers is a workshop and performance for any number of musicians and artists, comprising live graphic scoring and semi improvised playing. The score will be generated live, performed by local and remote performers and presented both live at the festival and online.

If you are interested in being involved as a remote performer please contact Hugs Bison directly 

Workshop // Saturday 27th September // 11am-4.30pm

This workshop will focus on graphic scores, improvisation and playing in ensembles, leading to a group mind – the similarities and differences of same room and remote networked playing. There are no skill level requirements, we will collaborate as an ensemble working to everyone’s strengths! Participants are asked to bring their instrument of choice and an amp if they are playing electronically. The workshop leads into the performance so participants must attend the workshop to perform.

If you are interested in attending the workshop please contact Hugs Bison directly 

August 7, 2014
by shellyknotts
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Call for 30 second samples

Our second call is for 30 second samples to contribute to the piece “Crowd Sources” by CSMA. Call info as follows:


We are going to perform a piece entitled “Crowd Sources” in which we intend to use donated sounds as the sole source materials from which we will compose/ improvise a piece, perform it live on the 28th September 2014 at Network Music Festival,Birmingham. We will record the performance, and make this available on internet, and where possible we will credit the names of contributors

You can read about the Crowd Sources project here

We are looking for samples up to 30 seconds in length- they can comprise of field recordings, composed pieces, voice, spoken word, instrumental extracts, etc

However the recordings must:

1. be your own recording, not a third party copy

2. Copyright free to use in performance and recording

3. Allow permission for us to manipulate

Recordings can be stereo or mono but must be 44.1 KHz, 16 or 24 bit

to submit send audio file (.wav or .aiff) via wetransfer or yousendit to 


July 28, 2014
by shellyknotts
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Calls for Participants

We have a few calls for participants in projects have been selected for the Network Music Festival going out over the next few weeks… here’s the first one:



OPEN CALL for woman performers, homemakers, nomads, artists, activists, writers, thinkers. 

CRISISRUS at NETWORK MUSIC FESTIVAL in Birmingham (UK) will combine network streams of audiovisual materials with local perspectives in addressing issues of concerns. By articulating our ‘crisis’ together, we make the crisis our ‘commons’, told, shared, solved together.

Prompted by the prolonging economic crisis as manifested in global Cacerolazo (dubbed global noise) of massive street protests with pots and pans. We want to acknowledge woman work force and resilient capacity in these time of personal and general crisis.

The CrisisRus live performance remixes slogans, signals, noise and visuals in AV manifestation. CrisisRus takes on an online/offline performance format that includes live performance with online AV streams, geolocation mapping and twitter messaging.

How to get involved: SEND US AN EMAIL TO:

We’re interested in hearing from all women performers, homemakers, nomads, artists, activists, writers, thinkers for online participation (post and tweet your crisis, upload AV streams) and live participation at the performance.

About LaptopsRus:

LaptopsRus is a self-organized open-participatory platform engaged in networking woman live performers. In Spring 2009, laptopsRus launched “MEETING | REUNIÓN”, bringing woman live performers for open public meeting/performance set inside an electronically updated boxing ring.  Since its launch at Vision’R 09 in Paris,LaptopsRus has toured extensively including Madrid, Berlin, Geneva and HsinChu, Taiwan.

CrisisRus at PIKSEL Festival nov 2013:


CrisisRus is initiated by laptopsRus (since 2009)

with Maite Cajaraville, Shu Lea Cheang, Lucía Egaña Rojas


June 25, 2014
by shellyknotts
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OPEN CALL is closed!

Thanks to all submitters to the OPEN CALL! We received a total of 74 submissions which are now in the hands of our our reviewing team.

We’ll be announcing the final programme in mid-July, so check back soon for updates!!