CTM Radio Lab & Kontinuum 2021

Artists can apply for the CTM Radio Lab & Kontinuum 2021.

CTM Radio Lab Call

Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has commissioned new works that explore the intersection of radio with live performance or installation within the context of the festival’s yearly theme. The initiative is led by CTM Festival and Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine. The call is open to artists worldwide and relevant to fields of experimental music, sound art, radio art, new radio drama, and performance. The commissioned works will premiere at CTM 2021 Festival in Berlin (22 – 31 January 2021), and will be subsequently broadcast in Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme in spring 2020 in the form of a 40–55 minute radio show. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Service) will also present the works via one or more of its platforms: the Ö1 Zeit-Ton or Ö1 Radiokunst – Kunstradio radio shows, and/or the ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival in Graz (autumn 2021). Projects must clearly explore the potentials of combining radio and live performance / installation; proposals that simply mention the creation of a radio version following a live showing will not be given priority. Projects must equally respond to CTM 2021’s theme of Transformation, and to the special COVID-19 conditions outlined below in order to be eligible.


In the age of digital and social media, we constantly receive multiple and often contradicting streams of information that shape our increasingly complex and contested realities. The Kontinuum commission by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, ORF Kunstradio and CTM Festival reflects this situation by offering a singular audio channel to be modulated by one artist (or team of artists) over the period of one year. A call by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, CTM Festival, and ORF Austrian Broadcasting Service, Kontinuum seeks composers, musicians, and sound explorers to submit proposals for creating a generative audio stream to be played 24/7 over the period of 365 days. The call is open to artists with a proven experience in generative music composition and streaming/broadcasting technology. Artists from all over the world are encouraged to apply. The stream should have a narrative quality in the broadest sense of the term, with special attention paid to how the stream/sound piece develops over time in a compelling way. The work should refer to the CTM 2021 Transformation theme, and respond to states of multiplicity. Generative music, algorithmic creation, machine learning, and automation in music are also topics that can be explored.

CTM 2021 Thema: Transformation

If there is one thing the past year has shown, it is that the grotesque inequalities on this planet – whether social, ecological, or political – cannot be sustained. Amidst a global crisis of equity and of care, can we seize this critical opportunity in order to make some necessary changes? CTM 2021 explores music and art's functions as a laboratory for bigger questions, asking how they might take part in and build varied and necessary transformations. ->CTM 2021 Transformation theme