Sound is art

Chisel, cut, mix, set in space… Sound has the power of the cinema and is lighter

Among the prizes awarded for acoustic creation, the Phonurgia Nova competition has, since 1986, occupied a special place by virtue of its recognition of artists whose work exploits sound as a medium for expressing the real and the imaginary. In 2003, 150 productions from 19 different countries were entered in the prize.

This year’s competition will distinguish authors whose work manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as means of expression, on two areas :

++RADIO ARTS will privilige all forms of inventive radiophonic creation: documentary,
fiction, essays, interviews, radio mix, Hörspiel, experimental forms etc.
++NEW MEDIAS awards will go to sound installations or sonic works which have been specially created for "new media" to bring new experiences in sound art to listeners – mobile phone, audioblog, site exploring the acoustic dimensions of the net.

In each category the jury will deliberate on two types of work :

  • completed productions
  • projects


One Radio Arts prize and one New Media prize each of 1 500 euros and 3 artist’s residencies at GRM-INA (Paris), IMEB (Bourges) and GMVL (Lyon), 3 major studios for electronic music and sound art, internationaly known. Ten works will be selected for presentation at the third Festival de l’Ecoute, Arles, 2006. Additional prizes could be given at this time. Certain works will be broadcast by the organisations and radio stations associated with the Festival.


The closing date for registration of entries: September 1, 2005. Results will be announced on Saturday, October 1, 2005, in Paris at la Maison du Geste et de l’Image.

Sound archives

All the materials received will constitue a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be opened to the public.