International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


19 - 21 March 2021Spain

Poetry and interactive sound: Project Conjuntos UC3M

rescheduled from 20 March 2020

Carlos III University celebrates the World Poetry Day with a project that puts together sound, poetry and technologies.

The interdisciplinary platform “Conjuntos” (supported by Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation) tries to establish dialogues between arts and sciences. One of the main laboratories of the platform is called Dispares, where two people from different disciplines (artist and scientist students) work together. In this event we will share one of the pieces made in this laboratory, which combine poetry and interaction through sound and technology: “TERRACE”.

It’s an interactive sound carpet that returns an auditory construction of sounds and texts according to the paths users make walking along the carpet. Also, people could record some sounds and texts to add and complete the installation. “Terrace” is an interactive poetry installation. It combines sound art and performance to bring poetry to new audiences through new technologies. It is a grass mat with pressure sensors that generate a sound combination of poems in real time for each person who interacts with the device. The trajectory, permanence, movement and weight of the body of each user/reader generates, thanks to the algorithm, a unique composition of sounds and verses.

During the weekend of March 19, 20 and 21 we celebrate World Poetry Day with this installation that can be visited on the ground floor of Casa del Lector in the Matadero. In addition to the interactive experience, throughout the day there will also be small dance pieces to activate the installation.

This project is supported also by “Magic Outfit” a research project on sound funded by Agencia Estatal de Investigación (PID2019-105579RB-I00 / AEI / 10.13039/501100011033).

Location: Casa del Lector, MATADERO (Madrid, Spain)

Organisation Responsible: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Contact: Alfredo Miralles, at


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