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International music competition by the Henning Larsen Foundation

The intention behind the competition is to conceive a piece of music that can stand alone but at the same time is closely connected to or in symbiosis with architecture - where architecture and music are perceived as an artistic unity.

”All senses play part in experiencing architecture. Hearing connects us with architecture as we are able to hear ourselves and our own voice interfering with voices and sounds from the surroundings, all in all creating a sense of cohesion,” writes architect Troels Troelsen, Chairman of the Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation and evaluation committee.

The aim of the competition is to revitalize the interplay of architecture and music and foster new inspiration to architects and musicians.

Music compositions of 2-6 minutes’ duration in digital formats can be submitted for the competition. A score can be included. The music can relate to architecture with an abstract approach, or take an illustration, photo or drawing as a point of departure. A short text that supplements the entry can be attached. All musical expressions and genres are eligible.

Competition entries should be uploaded to an ftp server before March 6th, 2017. Find the competition guidelines on the link below. Winners will be informed directly. The result of the competition will be published on August 20th, 2017 on the website.

Prizes worth 18,000 Euro will be awarded by the evaluation committee.

The evaluation committee consists of musician and composer Anders Koppel, composer and Professor Niels Rosing Schow, musician and composer Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, sound designer Peter Albrechtsen and architect Troels Troelsen.

The Henning Larsen Foundation was established in 2001 with Henning Larsen’s private funds and has since then awarded grants each year on the founder’s birthday, August 20th.

The objective of the non-profit and charitable Foundation is to promote and disseminate Danish architecture in a broad sense. A number of Danish architects have been awarded grants and the Foundation has organized international competitions.

The Foundation has previously launched four similar competitions under the themes: “photographing architecture” in 2007, “drawing architecture” in 2008, “writing about architecture” in 2012 and “architecture and film” in 2015.

Illustration attached. Caption: A preliminary sketch by Iannis Xenakis for the first work ever composed on the UPIC, Mycènes Alpha (1978). © Archives Centre Iannis Xenakis

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ESSAY: Architecture & Music

ESSAY: Architecture & Music

Essay by Architect Troels Troelsen is Chairman of the Board of the Henning Larsen Foundation and the judging committee.

Renown Danish architect, Steen Eiler Rasmussen, once described how street traders utilize the acoustic properties of the city scape for yelling or singing their message. 

It equals situations when one gets inspired to sing in the shower, or a group of children test their voices when passing through a viaduct.

In Jytte Rex' movie "Light and Space", Henning Larsen described architecture as 'frozen music' after Goethe who also described music as 'liquid architecture'.

Architecture is static, but perceived over time through movement. Meanwhile, the listener is often stagnant, while listening to music's movement through time.

All senses play part in experiencing architecture.

Hearing connects us with architecture as we are able to hear ourselves and our own voice interfering with voices and sounds from the surroundings, all in all creating a sense of cohesion.

Like the sense of seeing, the sense of hearing adds to a spatial perception when the brain combines little differences and time shifts in the soundscape from the two ears and translates those in to an immediate perception of space. We hear the boundaries of the room and the character of the surfaces, and the experience becomes dynamic when moving through the space.

Music creates space, and it 'takes place'. It uses architecture as backdrop and soundboard, while at the same time it takes over the space and builds community.

Like other arts - drawing, photography, and language - music relates to architecture through its form.

It can appear as program music creating images and atmospheres.

Just as the abstraction of a drawing can create a feeling of architecture, a score is able to evoke a musical experience. The composer Iannis Xenakis, who worked as an architect together with le Corbusier, was preoccupied by the interplay between architecture and music, and he made experiments with musical notations resembling the architect's sketches. 

The associations between architecture and music are manifold. Rhythm, tonal frequencies and space proportions are like architecture connected to the human scale.

Can you imagine music that interplays with architecture in a way where architecture and music are perceived as an artistic unity?

The intention behind the competition is to conceive a piece of music that can stand alone but at the same time is closely connected to or in symbiosis with architecture. Music that recalls dreams of architecture, maybe even as a musical 'promenade architecturale'?

We envision a composition of 2-6 minutes' duration.

The composition is allowed to include a reference that is not part of the actual work; Such as a piece of architecture, a painting, a photograph, a drawing or a text.

The work is allowed to have a name or a title. Furthermore, individual words can be included in the work.

The proposals must be submitted as audio files; The form of music is free. In order to be judged the music should be made ready for playing on a regular stereo.

The submissions will be judged by artistic / musical quality and by their ability to create symbiosis between architecture and music.

GUIDELINES: Architecture & Music

GUIDELINES: Architecture & Music

Download the guidelines here (PDF opens i new window).

The Henning Larsen Foundation is launching an international competition on architecture and music. The aim of the competition is to revitalize the interplay of architecture and music and foster new inspiration to architects and musicians.

The Foundation has previously launched four similar competitions under the themes: "photographing architecture" in 2007, "drawing architecture" in 2008, "writing about architecture" in 2012 and "architecture and film" in 2015. 

The intention behind the competition is to conceive a piece of music that can stand alone but at the same time is closely connected to or in symbiosis with architecture - where architecture and music are perceived as an artistic unity.

Evaluation criteria
The competition entries will be evaluated on their artistic quality and ability to inspire a new approach to architecture and music. The evaluation will attach great importance to the competition entries' ability to form an artistic unity of musical space and architectural space.

All musical expressions and genres are eligible; Electronic music and recorded music with acoustic and/or electric instruments.

A musical entry can be accompanied by illustrations, photos, drawings or a short text that supplements the entry. The work is allowed to have a name or a title. Furthermore, individual words can be included in the work.  To uphold anonymity, no names can be included in the text or title.

Guidelines and upload of competition entries
Competition entries are music compositions of 2-6 minutes' duration in formats AIFF, WAVE, MP3 eller MP4. File sizes should not exceed 1 GB.

The competition is anonymous and open to everyone. Employees at Henning Larsen Architects as well as close relatives and spouses of jury committee members cannot, however, participate in the competition.

Musical sequences previously released publicly or extracts from previously published musical works are not accepted.

Competition entries can be uploaded to the below-mentioned ftp server between January 1st, 2017, and March 6th, 2017. To secure anonymity, files should be named with a random five-digit code.

Server: ftp://music.henninglarsen.com
User-name: musiccomp
Password: compPASS2017

After upload, an e-mail containing the five-digit code as well as the name and address of the contributor is sent to music@henninglarsen.com. Illustrations, photos, drawings or a short text supplementing the entry must be enclosed in this e-mail - or linked to in the e-mail with a valid URL, internet address.

Anonymity is upheld until evaluation of the submitted entries is finalized.

Alternatively, entries can be sent anonymously on DVD, CD or USB, marked with a five-digit code, to the following address

Henning Larsen Architects
Vesterbrogade 76, 4th floor
1620 Copenhagen V
Denmark

Envelope marked: ARCHITECTURE & MUSIC

Entries sent by post should be received on March 6th, 2017, at the latest.

The envelope should contain a separate, sealed envelope marked with the five-digit code and containing the name, address and phone number of the contributor.

Submitted entries will not be returned.  

Out of consideration for the jury's evaluation process, competition entries received after March 6th, 2017, will not be evaluated.

Winners will be informed directly. The result of the competition will be published on August 20th, 2017, on www.henninglarsenfond.dk.

Copyright and publication
The Henning Larsen Foundation retains the right to re-distribute all films without cost on henninglarsensfond.dk, henninglarsen.com, SoundCloud, YouTube and Vimeo.

In connection with the publication of the winners, all pieces of music are made freely accessible to media mentioning the competition. Any additional performances live or on other platforms than henninglarsensfond.dk, henninglarsen.com, YouTube and Vimeo will be agreed with the copyright owners.

The artist will retain copyright over his/her film. Only competition entries where the sender has the full copyright to composition as well as recording are eligible. If other musicians, composers or copyright holders have contributed, documentation of their permission to be part of the entry must be made available to the Henning Larsen Foundation. 

Awards
Prizes worth 18,000 Euro will be awarded by the evaluation committee.

Evaluation committee
Troels Troelsen, Architect, Chairman, Henning Larsen Foundation
Anders Koppel, Musician, Composer
Niels Rosing-Schow, Composer, Professor
Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, Musician, Composer
Peter Albrechtsen, Sound Designer

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The Henning Larsen Foundation http://en.henninglarsensfond.dk

Architecture & Music http://en.henninglarsensfond.dk

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