EMPRES Award 2020 for Experimental Electronic Music and Sound Art


In April 2020, EMPRES; Oxford University’s Electronic Music Practice and Research Group, announced a call for works across the campus that focused on (safe) collaboration, networking and virtual collectivity in relation to the challenges and opportunities of making music and art during the Covid-19 pandemic. At a time when we were all having to find new ways to interact socially, the call invited creative collaborative responses to our shared situation. 

Submitted works were in the categories of Sound Art or Experimental Electronic Music. The response was huge, but we had to choose a winner for each category. And they are:

Sound Art: CRESCID: a new audiovisual work after Phumblism (SCPTTHCNTRY) by Piers Kennedy and Rowan Ireland (Music faculty and Ruskin School of Art)

Experimental Electronic Music: fission[sketchbook] by SALINGER and Xactus (Jonathan Packham and Alex Saad) (Music Faculty and external)

Both winners and other finalists will feature in the Art of Noises V(irtual) online festival streaming from the 23rd – 27th November 2020.





The University of Oxford’s Electronic Music Practice RESearch group (EMPRES) aims to promote and advance research and public dissemination in Electronic Music Practice. It does so by working with musicians, composers, producers, researchers and academics from a wide range of disciplines interested in electronic music, as well as other members of the music industry.


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