Helicotrema – Recorded Audio Festival announces a new open call for recorded audio works.

Started in 2012, the festival is a non-profit platform for the promotion of narrative and multidisciplinary sound works – such as radio plays, audio documentaries, experimental poetry, field recordings and other timeline-based formats based only on an acoustic component – reproduced in the framework of collective listening sessions.

This year Helicotrema, as winner of the 5th edition of “Premio Imagonirmia, art residency and publishing project”, joins forces with Imagonirmia and Ovestlab to present a site-specific edition in the district of Villaggio Artigiano di Modena Ovest. Helicotrema 9 will take place at the end of September and will present a programme of listening sessions for residents of the district and visitors.

The Helicotrema 9 open call is an invitation for artists and authors to submit an audio work to be presented in the context of an open-air listening session within the pitch La Fratellanza 1874.

In this context the festival will use a loudspeaker system for sports events, excellent on voice frequencies, and a mobile system in quadriphony for compositions with wider spectra of frequencies. The location, one of the most important athletics stadiums at national level, can be a clue for inspiring the authors to propose sound research that reflects on body, competition, exercise. At the same time the festival remains open also to contributions on other subjects.


Helicotrema, in collaboration with Imagonirmia and an external jury, will select a total of six sound works, which will be awarded an amount of 50€ each as a fee for the participation to the festival.

DEADLINE: 22 July 2020

How to participate: Please submit an mp3 version of your contribution (mono or stereo / max. 10 minutes /max. 20 MB) here: