Call for Papers and/or Panels

Two Thousand + FIFTEEN Symposium

Fractured Narratives – Improvised sounds and stories

25 April 2015, Queen's University Belfast

The next edition of the TWO Thousand + symposium takes place on Saturday, the 25th April 2015 at Queen’s University Belfast. The Symposium is curated by Koichi Samuels, Tullis Rennie and Franziska Schroeder (SARC).

Keynote Speaker: Cathy Lane

Professor of Sound Arts at University of the Arts London. Cathy established the department of Sound Arts and Design at London College of Communication. She is the co - director of the Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)


The theme for the day will have a specific focus on sound, storytelling and improvisation. The symposium as always will run alongside the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.

We are interested in how practitioners and thinkers of sonic arts and improvisation from a wide variety of backgrounds address notions of narratives in their thinking and practice. We wish to create a dynamic forum where practitioners and theorists as well as ethnographers of improvisatory culture and practices can debate and exchange insights and approaches.

The notion of fractured narratives conjures up ideas of breakage, but also of fragmentation and nonlinearity. It might also link to the idea of untidiness, muddling, mess, mishmash, kludge, jambalaya or farrago. Musicians, in particular improvisers, can be specifically apt at addressing the messy business of spontaneity and the contextual situations they put themselves into.

Sonic artists, composers, performers and improvisers constantly question, probe and critically (re-)examine their craft, at times telling stories with sounds, struggling (and wanting to struggle) with technique and tools, trying to achieve a state where they constantly aim to forget: breaking away from previous sounds, engrained patterns or melodies, stored musical memories, locked grooves, previous experiences and consciously and unconsciously embodied acts and approaches to their sonic materials and stories.

But while improvisation specifically brings into being the body and instrument relation to the playing musician as a highly tactile and intimate relation marked by constraint and resistance, improvisation also allows for freedom, for ignoring, for letting-go, for disregarding, for telling and un-telling stories with sounds.

Sonic Artists, please send us your stories! We welcome proposals for paper and or panel presentations which address the theme of ‘fractured narratives’ across disciplines, as well as those proposals that link improvisatory strategies and sonic arts to the idea of ‘narrative’.


At this stage we ask for abstracts of 350 words max. We do not require full papers.

Please send abstracts with a 50 word biography to

Deadline: 15th November 2014.

All authors will be notified before the 19th December 2014.

Acceptance of your place at the Symposium will need to be received by the 19th December 2014.

We encourage storytellers, paper presenters, panelists, performative deliveries that might explore (but are not limited to):

Fractured Narratives

Sound and Stories

Sonic Arts, Improvisation and Narratives

Fracture and Fragmentation in Improvisation and Sonic Arts

Improvisation and chaos/mess

Ethnographies of improvisatory culture and practices

Idioms, languages and styles of sonic arts & improvisation

Histories and Cultures of sonic arts and improvisation

Improvisation as process

Sonic Arts Research Centre