Digitópia Competitions 2010


The first Digitópia Miniatures Competition took place in 2008. The aim of this competition was to create a musical miniature of up to 90 seconds, using the resources available at Digitópia. Entrants had to use at least one sound from those recorded on the Porto Underground by Factor E, Casa da Música’s resident team in the Education Department, on World Music Day in 2008. Aimed at stimulating the continual use of Digitópia’s resources and encouraging greater musical ambition, this competition attracted many and varied entries, and the winner João Gravato, received a Midi controller and 20 tickets for events of his choice held at Casa da Música during 2009.

The next three competitions – all of them international, which is also reflected in the panels comprising major figures from the field – are physically separate from Digitópia, although the facility possesses all the resources need to produce an entry. Nevertheless, they possibly come even closer to the philosophy of the project. The differences can immediately be seen in the prizes on offer: instead of a commercially-available Midi controller, we are developing a special one-off Midi controller, with the unmistakable Digitópia stamp. But more importantly, all the competitions reflect the idea of sharing with the community: from original Max/MSP or Pure Data patches distributed with open source licences, to new contributions of small musical gestures to freesound.org. It all culminates in a special competition which is full of potential: we will reward the most daring dream by making it come true!


A competition to discover the most original patch for Max/MSP or Pure Data, the two sister programming languages by objects for multimedia, both of which are the subject of Digitópia seminars in 2009/2010. The patches submitted should be released under an open source license. The winning entry will receive a Midi controller plus the corresponding software, both developed by the Digitópia team (see slideshow above).

Closing date for entries: 14 FEB’10

Head Panellist: Pedro Rebelo, composer, digital artist and Director of Education at the School of Music and Sonic Arts, Queen’s University Belfast.

Rules: Rules_MaxMSP&PD.pdf


A special competition: we ask entrants to think of an idea for their dream instrument, interface or software. Entries will be assessed using various different parameters: innovation, originality, feasibility and inclusive potential. The winning entry will be built by the creator and by the Digitópia team and documented as an open source project. The winner will receive the first copy of his or her instrument.

Closing date for entries: 03 APR’10

Head Panellist: Peter Kirn, composer, musician, multimedia artist, educator and writer on the subject of technology, editor of the site createdigitalmusic.com.

Rules: Rules_Dreams.pdf


This competition is held in association with the site freesound.org and is aimed at stimulating the creation of musical miniatures or gestures of less than 15 seconds. These miniatures should be created to comply with the rules for submitting files on freesound.org, particularly with regard to the Creative Commons license, and must be submitted directly to this site using the tag ‘Digitopia Miniatures Competition’. The winning entry will receive a Midi controller plus the corresponding software, both developed by the Digitópia team (see slideshow above).

Closing date for entries: 28 MAY’10

Head Panellist: Bram de Jong, programmer of music software and of web applications and head of freesound.org.

Rules: Rules_Miniatures.pdf