Jon Howard Appleton (USA), composer, inventor, Professor of Digital Music of the Dartmouth college.




Paul Jorge Botelho (USA), composer, inventor, singer, Professor of Music Composition at Bucknell University.





Elisabeth Schimana (Austria), composer, directorof the IMA Institute of Mediaarcheology (Hainburg).





Josef (Seppo) Gruendler (Austria), composer, tinkerer (hard- and software), head of the master program communication, media and interaction design at University of applied sciences FH JOANNEUM (Graz).




Larisa Vakar (Russia), musicologist, musical and theatrical critic, journalist, main expert in the Culture Management of Ekaterinburg Administration.



International Festival/Competition of electroacoustic music and the multimedia

31 October – 3 November, 2013 Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Festival/Competition devoted to 100-years anniversary of the musical direction ‘Bruitisme’

The Federal state educational institution of the higher vocational training “M.P.Moussorgsky’s Ural state conservatory (academy)” and Independent nonprofit organization of culture “The Yekaterinburg EelectroAcoustic Music Studio” spend the International Festival/Competition of electroacoustic music and multimedia >SYNC.2013 from 31st October till 3rd November 2013 in Ekaterinburg.

Support of the Festival|Competition: Ministry of culture of Russian Federation, Department of culture of the City Administration of Ekaterinburg.

The Festival/Competition >SYNC.2013 has the purpose revealing and public demonstration of the most talented, highly artistic and highly technological products and the projects showing professional possession by various technologies and corresponding to aesthetic criteria of electroacoustic music. Besides, the major factor of the project is stimulation of development of a new educational direction in the musical high schools, connected with specialisation in the field of electroacoustic music. This direction in a sphere of education is represented extremely actual as is on a joint of musical art and new musical technologies. The main Festival/Competition subject – electroacoustic music as sound art in the operated multispatial acoustic environment in synthesis with possibilities of multimedia.


Shedule of events

Ural State M.P.Moussorgsky Conservatory

Yekaterinburg ElectroAcoustic Music Studio


The International Festival/Competition of Electroacoustic music & Multimedia


30 October – 3 November 2013

Ural State Conservatory (Lenin av., 26)

schedule of events

30 October / Wednesday

11:00     – Prof.Paul Botelho(USA, Bucknel Univercity). Lecture:   “Computer software in use by composers today” with examples from his own work(USC, aud. 206 / 42)

13:00 – Josef Gründler, head of the master program communication, media and interaction design at University of applied sciences FH JOANNEUM(Austria, Graz). Lecture:   "Interactive Sound Objects ( rapid prototyping of sound ineterfaces with pure data/max.msp in design education)" (USC, aud. 206 / 42)

15:00– Professor Jon Appleton(USA, Dartmouth College). Lecture: “The relationship between composing instrumental and electroacoustic music” with examples from his own work. - USC, aud. 206 / 42


31 October / ThursdaySingular 

10:00 – 10:50     – Josef Gründler, head of the master program communication, media and interaction design at University of applied sciences FH JOANNEUM(Austria, Graz). Lecture: Extending the electric guitar with realtime electronics (using the guitar as an interface to control live electronics) - USC, aud. 101-а

11:00     – Elisabeth Schimana, Director of the Institute Media Archeology (Austria, Hainburg). Lecture: "Digital Nirvana" ( USC, aud. 101-а)

15:00– Competition: I. Section – Electroacoustic Music.  (USC, aud. 209, Studio)


1 November / Friday

10:00 – Denis Perevalov (Russia, Ekaterinburg, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Ekaterina Zharinova, dancer, organizer of the small-format Festival of contemporary dance. Express Lab 'Movement and Sound' research capabilities of generating sound from the body  motion. (USC, Hall 3 fl. before the Concert Hall)

13:00–14:00       – Press conference. (USC)

14:00 – 16:00     – Elisabeth Schimana (Austria). Master class on Pure Data and MAX/MSP. (USC, aud. 209, Studio).

16:00 – Professor  Jon Appleton, professorPaulo Botelho(USA). Master class on electroacoustic composition (USC, aud. 209, Studio).

19.00     Large Concert Hall            

Opening the Festival.  Dedication Luigi Russolo (Tatiana Komarova, Alexey Vokhmyakov, Eugeny Kormiltsev). Competition: Section II. Electroacoustic Music & Multimedia. 


2 November / Saturday

11:00 – Eugeny Kormiltzev,NIM_b Group (Russia, Yekaterinburg). Master class on modular analog synthesis (Eurorack). - USC, aud. 206 / 42.

14:00Hall of the Academic Council

Performance “AroMusic” – Olesya Rostovskaja & Vadim Sultanov  (Russia, Moscow)

16:00 Large Concert Hall

1 part – Live-project «Scharlotta & Mr. Stone» - Sophie Tassignon & Simon Vincent (Germany)

2 part – Olesya Rostovskaya(Russia, Moscow). Multimedia Program (theremin & video). Joe Reinsel (USA). Multimedia interactive projects: ThresholdCircuit. ThresholdCircuit2. Deck. Lim.1   

19:00  Large Concert Hall

1 part – “Hour of the American Electroacoustic Music”: Jon Appleton & Paul Botelho

2 part – “Hour of the Austrian electroacoustic music”: Josef Gründler & Elisabeth Schimana


3 November / Sunday 

11:00 – Igor Vasilyev,developer of programs for processing a sound, sound-designer, musician (Yekaterinburg). Master class: «Postprocessing of tracks on iPad»  – USC, aud. 209, Studio.

12.00– Alexandr Zolotov, musician, demoscener, the author a software-synthesizers, trackers and pixel-focused programming language Pixilang.  Master class: «Cross-platform sound applications: tracker SunVox, a simulator of synthesizer ANS» – USC, aud. 209, Studio.

14:00–  Alexey Vokhmyakov, Russia,Yekaterinburg. Demostration of electroacoustic instruments of his own invention ( “Ad Lux Tenebrae”) – ауд. 209, Studio.

16:00  Large Concert Hall

«Electroacoustic music in Russia»: Roman Stolyar (Novosibirsk), Aleksey Vohmyakov, group TMA-3: V.Anufriyeva, A. Meister, M.Prosvirnikova, N.Chupriyanov, D.Kolmakova, group NIM_b: Eygeny Kormiltsev, Alexandr Nesterov, Dave Salvo (USA); Alexandr Zolotov & Igor Vasilyev.

19:00 Large Concert Hall

Gala-concert of guests of the Festival and winners of the Competition:  Felipe Otondo  (United Kingdom), “Night Study #1”; Nadezhda Sumina (Russia), “Tremoli & Glissandi”; Frederick Szymanski (USA), “TENSUS”; Igor Lutkov, “Virus”; Caroline Profanter (Austria), “Ciclo”; Pavel Chigarskikh (Russia), “Landscape”;  Daniel DominguezTeruel (Germany), “Untitled-7”; Yang Xiting, “Planes and sounds hover in the air”. Festival guests: Sophie Tassignon, Simon Vincent (Germany), “Improvisation”. Closing of the festival.



Winners of the Competition

Section I. Electroacousitc Music

Nomination “Acousmatic”

Category «A» (students)
I place shares between the two participants:

Caroline Profanter (Austria). Ciclo.

Caroline Profanter is a composer / performer in the fields of electroacoustic and electronic music: tape music, acousmatic music, soundscape works, live electronics, no-input-mixing and sound installation. Born 1985 in Bolzano (Italy), studied Computer Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and is currently studying Acousmatic Composition at the “Conservatoire Royal de Mons” (Belgium). Several collaboration in the fields of improvised music and public sound intervention (Vienna Noise Orchestra). Active member of VELAK (Viennese Association of Electroacoustic Music) and Elektronik Teatime.

The technical idea of ‘Ciclo’ is based on an aleatory process to accumulate and deaccumulate sounds temporally and spatially and creating movements inherent in the motphology of the sounds. Art idea: sounds and noises of objects from everyday life and from vocal experiments were the basis for creating special textures and unusual rhythmical structures.

The special diploma “For preparation of the student” – to teachers Katharina Klement (Austria), Annette Vande Gorne (BE).


Pavel Chigarskih (Russia). Landscape.

Paul Chigarskih studies on musical theory and composition branch of Sverdlovsk musical college. He takes a great interest in an electro-acoustic composition, is interested in programming languages, especially in Pure Data.

The special diploma “For preparation of the student” – to teacher TatianaV. Komarova (Russia).


Category «B» (professionals)

I place

Felipe Otondo (United Kingdom). Night Study # 1.

Felipe Otondo studied acoustics in Chile where he started composing and performing music for experimental theatre developing several performance projects with actors and musicians. In 1999 he moved to Denmark to do post-graduate studies in sound perception at Aalborg University focusing on spatial sound and timbre perception. He studied composition at the Carl Nielsen Academy with Anders Brødsgaard where he composed and premiered various compositions and took part in several interdisciplinary projects with visual artist. In 2005 he pursued his composition studies at the University of York in England with Ambrose Field and Roger Marsh focusing in electroacoustic composition and music theatre. His music has been widely played in festivals across Europe, North and South America, as well as in Australia. He composed the music for the BAFTA-award winning radio drama The glassman in collaboration with Neil Sorrell and has received awards in competitions in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, England, France and Italy. Felipe is currently a lecturer at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University in England and his music is released by the British label Sargasso.

The work “Night Study # 1” was composed mostly using environmental recordings captured in various urban and rural locations in the North West of England and synthesized rhythmic sequences generated using samples of gamelan sounds. The synthesized material for the piece was created using the software Metasynth and Max/MSP. The piece was assembled using Logic Pro.


II place

Nadezhda Sumina (Russia). Tremoli & Glissandi.

Nadezhda Sumina has finished the Ural conservatory on two specialities: "composition" and “electronic and computer music”. After that it has continued training in postgraduated-training, also on two specialities. She works as the teacher on faculty musical sound-producers of the Ural state conservatory. She works also in the Ekaterinburg ElectroAcoustic Music Studio.

Nadezhda participated in various Russian both foreign festivals and competitions of electroacoustic music.

Three sections of the composition «Tremoli and Glissandi» are three different stages of progress of the same images which unity is emphasized by uniformity of a sound material. Glissando and  tremolo is a way of creation pitch and emotionally unstable sound texture.


III place

Frederick Szymanski (USA). TENSUS.

Frederick Szymanski is a multi-discilinary artist who has most recently been investigating relations between sound and image through multi-screen installations with multi-channel sound diffusion. He has also worked for many years as a composer and sound designer for film and television in New York City.

Szymanski’s image and sound works have been performed at many festivals, including the Mutik Festival’s CineChamber 2012 (Montreal), Club Transmediale 2011 (Berlin), SYNC.2010 (Ekaterinburg, Russia), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the ICMC Festival, SonicLIGHT (Amsterdam), Abstraction Now (Vienna), the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany), the 9th Biennale of the Moving Image (Geneva), and the VideoRom program at the Valencia Biennial. His pieces have been exhibited at the Diapason Gallery for Sound (New York), the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology (New York), and the Whitney Museum of Art.

Szymanski has releases with Asphodel Recordings, JDK Productions, Soleilmoon, and Staalplaat (Netherland). His piece “Flume” was included in the third a-chronology “An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music” released by Sub Rosa (Belgium).

The piece ‘TENSUS’ requires system for 8-channels diffusion set for octophonic – equal distribution of loudspeakers. Art idea: TENSUS is a multichannel piece for extended strings and percussion. The title is derived from “Tensile”, which means to stretch, to spread, to extend. The piece was created using material taken from recordings of stringed instruments being bowed, scraped, hit and rubbed. It also includes percussive piano effects.



Igor Lutkov (Russia). Virus.

Igor Lutkov has finished the Ural conservatory on a speciality « musical sound-producer » in 2011. After the termination of a conservatory he works in a studio as the sound producer, arranger and composer. Igor works as the concert sound producer from time to time, too.


Section II. Electroacousitc Music & Multimedia

Nomination “Multimedia”

The Jury has united age categories in this nomination

I place

Daniel DominguezTeruel (Germany). Untitled-7

Daniel studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. His teacher is professor Dr. Georg Najdu, Head of the Masters Program Multimedia Composition.

Electroacoustic soundart, interactive installations, videoworks, scenography. Concerts and exhibitions a.o. New York, Shanghai, Paris, Lisbon and Barcelona.

Original recording of Marinetti’s “La Battaglia di Adrianopoli” should be reinterpreted. The performer heard the recording for the first time via headphones and tried to imitate it in real-time. This was recorded on video and audio

Then he imitatet recordings of Russolo’s intona rumori and sang the first bar of Stravinsky’s “Le sacre du printemps”. All of these were realized originally around the year 1913

The idea of the futurists to destroy all existing in contrast to the beauty of the first phrase of Stravinsky’s bassoon

Additionally I recorded fragments of Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing”

What remains when everything is destroyed? We get certainly a new idea of what we understand as “nothing” and “silence” and “chaos” and “noise”.

Special Diploma  “For preparation of the student” to – Georg Najdu (Germany).


II place

Yang Xiting (China). Planes and sounds hover in the air

Yang Xiting has finished the Ural conservatory on two specialities: "piano" and "electronic and computer music" in 2004. Then she has continued post-graduated training in the Ural conservatory on the same specialities.

The sound etude « Planes and sounds hover in air » is created in program language CSOUND.

The basic artistic image of a composition – the sounds moving space, simulating weeds airplanes and sounds of the Chinese ethnic instruments.