We had an overwhelming response to the call for submissions for the Rijeka Airport sound installation. In just one week we had 104 registered entries, and 32 completed submissions. 8 excellent projects were shortlisted in a blind judging process. Due to the exceptionally high quality of submissions, we have secured not one but three equal grand prize winners. This has been made possible with the help of the City of Rijeka and thanks to the support of our partner Sonos, the wireless speaker system.

The Rijeka prize has been won by renowned Croatian composer, producer and keyboardist Aleksandar Valenčić;

The Sonos prize has been awarded to the ever-changing ‘Interactive Sound Field’ created by Swedish producer Håkan Lidbo in collaboration with Coldcut and sound artist Jack James;

The Music Tech Fest prize winner is experimental electronic artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) for the creation of a beautiful 6-hour generative music composition entitled ‘Water Drops’.

Each project will receive €5,000 for the work to be installed in the passenger terminal of the airport on the island of Krk, and will be unveiled in Summer of 2016. The winning artists will be invited to Rijeka to work on their projects with local musicians, and their compositions and installations will be enhanced by Sonos wireless speaker technology throughout the Rijeka airport passenger terminal.

The following shortlisted artists were also highly commended by the judges, and will be invited to showcase their work at the next Music Tech Fest in Berlin:

We’re thrilled to be involved in supporting such a fantastic use of music and sound art in a public space - and looking forward to seeing the winning projects develop toward their big public unveiling in summer next year. We’re also very grateful to Sonos for their support and to Primorje-Gorski Kotar County for making this project possible.

Photography by Filip Koludrovic