Czech Ear is a pilot project organised under the Year of Czech Music and prepared in collaboration between the ATI and the Musica Nova competition since 2014. This project seeks to teach young people to listen, recognise the quality of sounds, and become familiar with composition software, and the young participants then create a short composition under the guidance of a teacher. The final stage of the event is the closing competition, which is judged by the same jury as that set up for the adult Musica Nova competition, followed by joint presentations at a Winners Concert. The project also offers additional opportunities.
Each year the competition welcomes short compositions that are a maximum of three minutes in length that can be created with any kind of sound and acoustic materials (i.e. participants can use recordings from their own environment, or from nature, and combine them with existing electronic sounds from sound libraries and modified sounds from other recordings – this use must however been in compliance with copyright law).
Method: record sounds in some environment, these sounds can be combined with sounds from the sound library, process the sounds in the software of your choice. No restrictions are placed on genre. The composition must be accompanied by a description of the sources of the sounds and the software used.
The competition welcomes applications from young people aged 8 to 20; in the case of children under the age of 16 parents or teachers can apply on their behalf.
For current calls follow the News on the ATI’s website or the website of the project.