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Digital audio art contestants ring true

DIGITAL audio arts - a fancy term for music - combines art with science and technology and digital creations will be showcased next week.

Award-winning vibes will be honored at an awards ceremony at Shanghai Grand Theater on next Thursday, as part of the first eARTS Digital Audio Competition 2010.

Final rounds begin Monday, after six months of spirited competition around China.

The event is organized by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Yangpu District government and started last October. Almost 30 workshops and discussions on the new field will be held next week.

Digital audio, combining art and science, uses digital signals for sound reproduction. This includes analog-to-digital conversion, digital-to-analog conversion, storage and transmission.

The ring of cell phones, songs in an album, music on the Internet, the sound effect of cartoons, family audio systems are all connected with digital audio.

Around 200 participants have entered the final rounds in recording art, music arrangement (composing), sound design (sound effects), electronic dance music and audio appreciation.


The event's theme is "Digital, Music and Life."

"For the music-loving public in China it has been much easier to produce music, sound effects and video. We are building a new concept - music producing is no longer far way. Do it yourself from now on," says An Dong, the secretary-general of the event committee.

During the event, forum topics will include the digitalization of traditional music and the protection of traditional art, standards for making digital audio and issues of intellectual property rights issues stemming from convenient use of digital audio.

The Conservatory of Music, Fudan University and Tongji University will participate in the forums, which will be held from Monday to Thursday.

The judging panel for the competition includes Quincy Jones, Tan Dun, Randy Thom, Xu Shuya, Jeff Thomas and Simon Rhodes.

"The music and film in China are forming their own characteristics and system. We hope to build the theory system and industry standard through events of this kind," says An.

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