Applicant FAQ

  •  Would a collaborative team/band be able to apply for one composition and still fulfill your grant requirements? 
Groups with a maximum of two member are welcome to apply under one application. However, due to limited funding, the duo would fill one residency artist position and therefore only receive the compensation equivalent to that of a single artist.
  • Is there any advantage to submitting the application earlier rather than later, during the application window? 
There’s no advantage to applying early. All applications will be considered without regard to their submission date. Applications are being accepted from June 1st through July 16, 2021.
  •  I do not live in the Bay Area right now. However, I will be in San Francisco during the time of the residency. Can I apply?
We are looking for artists whose primary residence is in the Bay Area, and aren’t moving here specifically for the residency. This is because a big part of Audium’s mission is to serve local artists. However, the program is still young; in the future we plan on offering a separate residency for those living outside the Bay Area. 
  • How do people typically interface with the Audium system? Is it a digital console with its own spatialization software? And if not, what program do people typically use to control panning/sound placement on their own computers? 
The performer at Audium typically has composed a 4-12 track composition that is played back on a desktop through QLab theatrical software, routed to a 32-channel MOTU D/A interface, and amplified by compact rack mount solid-state amplifiers. Control of sounds before the performance is controlled by digital cues, remotely controlled from an iPAD, while control of sounds during the performance inside the space is controlled in real-time (only) on a large one-of-a-kind speaker-level mixing desk built into the listening space. Several dozen knobs and switches allow live control of the amplified audio as it is sent to >100 speakers in the space while the audience listens in complete darkness. We are in the process of upgrading this control board to accommodate new digital controllers in order to reduce the time to experiment and learn for new artists. We are standardizing on AVB MOTU products and MAX/MSP in order to facilitate sound movement by any artists with any DAW and any controller. Spatialization options will soon be only limited by imagination and algorithm development time / expertise.
  • How about the interface with the lobby projections? 
The six projectors in the lobby are networked with raspberry pi per projector to allow for network-based open show control (OSC) messages. Residents interface with the projectors via HDMI direct to their laptops for editing, and then upload their files to the raspberry pi’s when they are show-ready.
  • What is the total running time for the finished Audium piece that will be created in residency? 
The run time is flexible. We envision each artist creating a 15-20 minute piece during the program. But if there is one piece that is much longer or shorter, we can most likely work with it. The performance night will be shared amongst the 3 residency artists, so it will be up to them to sort out how the flow of the evening will go.

Other questions? Contact residency@audium.org

Residency spots are limited, but we are also actively seeking future collaborators. All applying artists will be considered for future programming.