JukeBoxx NewMusic Award Competition 2021

The competition is addressed to composers and artists in the field of contemporary music and media arts. It seeks appealingly visualized music of max. 12 minutes in length. The work must not have been composed earlier than October 2018.

The AwardWinner: Patricia Martínez

For the seventh time since 2014 the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award of Christoph and Stephan Kaske foundation in collaboration with neue musikzeitung has called for Works and Videos. Totally 17 videos were submitted this year and it was quite a difficult task for the jury to choose only one single work. Finally the choice was made: the argentine composer Patricia Martínez received the award – donated with 3.500 Euro – for her composition “Vida” (2020/21), a binaural, visual and immersive piece, which was inspired by the dramatic forest fires in Brazil in year 2019.

Patricia Martínez

Patricia Martínez

Martínez wants to encourage thinking about the influence of mankind on the planet earth as well as a new perspective on the post human world. The piece is based on recordings of natural sounds and its electronical treatment. The visuals were contributed by Luis Paris. His part of “Vida” is the prosecution of his series of installations with the title “Frequencies”. Various frequencies result different landscapes and horizons. Martínez’ visual music changes the pictures through the sound: silence means emptiness and darkness. But silence can also be associated with light and nature. Patricia Martínez convinced the jury by the variety of her video artwork, “that refers to current issues like natural environment and sociology. The work stands out for consistence, image-rhythm and pure elegance. The precise composed interaction of music and animation creates an original work. One would wish to see “Vida” not only on screen but also in a concert or exhibition hall in high-resolution.”

Patricia Martínez (AR/ES) is composer, interdisciplinary artist and performer. Her work was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the festival ACHT BRÜCKEN, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, the ISCM World Music Days, the IRCAM Forum, in the polish national opera and in the Gewandhaus. Furthermore she received composing commissions by Lucerne Festival and SWR Experimental Studio.

Competition 2021 – Entries