Montréal international competition of immersive multichannel music

Chairman of the jury : Robert Normandeau 
Organized by : AKOUSMA, Montréal (Québec)

  • This competition is intended to showcase immersive multichannel acousmatic music. This does not include mixed or live works. Works submitted must make use of the vertical dimension of the speaker setup (excluding 2D formats such as quad, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, and octophonic). 
  • This competition is open to all composers, regardless of age or nationality. 
  • All submissions will be judged blind, composers’ names and works’ titles being hidden to the jury who will select the three finalists. 
  • The three finalists will be invited to spatialize their works in Montréal at the Multimedia Room of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT) as part of the 18th edition of the Akousma Festival. (The festival will run from October 10 to 14, 2022.) The finalists will each have at least three hours’ worth of spatialization time in the Multimedia Room, and the final concert, co-produced with Le Vivier, will be held on Friday, October 14 in front of an audience and jury.
  • Travel and accommodation costs for the finalists (one person only per work selected) will be covered by the competition organizers.
  • A Jury Prize and an Audience Prize (via free vote on the evening of the concert) will be awarded:
    Francis Dhomont Jury Prize: 4,000 CAD grant
    Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux Audience Prize: 1,500 CAD grant
    A participation grant of 500 CAD will be awarded to other finalists

Guidelines for entry
  • Deadline for submission: April 25, 2022, at 11.59 pm Montréal time.
  • Submission fee: 25 CAD.
  • Composers may not submit more than one work.
  • Works submitted must have been composed within the last three years.
  • There is no limit on length, but we suggest a length of under 25 minutes.
  • Finalists must attend the final concert for the diffusion of their works.

Technical details
  • Regardless of their original format, works submitted for the selection process must be in 16.2 format (8-6-2.2) in DOME or CUBE mode.  
  • We recommend using the SpatGRIS3 software to create the 16.2 version. The free software is available HERE   
  • Each of the mono tracks must be numbered and must start at 0’00 (no interleaved files).
  • Track numbers must correspond with the speaker setup according to the schema provided by the organizers.
  • Accepted formats: .aiff, .wav, 24bit, and 48kHz.
  • At the final concert, the pieces will be presented on a 64-speaker setup. Their spatialization will have been previously finetuned. The map of the speaker setup will be sent to finalists in advance.

How to submit


Fill out the registration form (you will receive a confirmation by email) 


Pay the registration fee via PayPal (using the same full name as in your form)


Send your work in a single folder via WeTransfer, DropBox, or any other file upload platform to the following address :


Other provisions
  • By submitting your work for the competition, you consent to free public diffusion of your work in concert and/or by radio broadcast. Copyright remains with the composer.  
  • The jury reserves the right not to award prizes or to award ex aequo prizes for pieces of the same level of quality.
  • No appeal can be brought against the decisions of the jury, which are final.
  • The winners undertake to include the mention "Concours AKOUSMAtique 2021" in all programs that include a presentation of the winning work and must keep AKOUSMA informed of any public distribution of the work.

︎ For more details, email us at concours@akousma.ca