Radio Lab

Call for Works

Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has been commissioning new works that explore the intersection of radio with live performance or installation within the context of the festival’s yearly theme. The initiative is led by CTM Festival and Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine.

The call is open to artists worldwide and relevant to fields of experimental music, sound art, radio art, new radio drama, and performance. The commissioned works will premiere in the form of an installation or live performance at CTM 2020 Festival in Berlin (24 January – 2 February 2020), and will be subsequently broadcast in Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme in spring 2020 in the form of a 40–55 minute radio show. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Service) will also present the works via one or more of its platforms: the Ö1 Zeit-Ton or Ö1 Radiokunst – Kunstradio radio shows, and/or the ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival in Graz (autumn 2020).

Projects must clearly explore the potentials of combining radio and live performance / installation; proposals that simply mention the creation of a radio version following a live showing will not be given priority. Projects must equally respond to CTM 2020’s theme of Liminal in order to be eligible.


The selected work will be supported by a production budget/fee of EUR 5000. Technical/staging costs for CTM and possible ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival performances will be covered additionally, upon discussion with the organisers, as will travel expenses to Berlin and lodging during the residency and festival period.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM Festival will provide support, counselling, and general assistance during the production of the work.

Schedule and Deadline

  • Deadline for submission: 28 August 2019 at 23:59 local Berlin time
  • Winners notified: End of September 2019  
  • Production phase: October 2019 – January 2020
  • Performance at CTM 2020 Festival: 24 January – 2 February 2020
  • Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Klangkunst radio broadcast: Spring 2020
  • Presentation via ORF: Autumn 2020


The international jury will be comprised of five persons from various backgrounds (artists, curators, journalists) and will be disclosed together with the results.

Application Form

The call is now closed, thanks to all that applied! Winners will be announced mid-September.


Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst

The weekly "Klangkunst" ("Sound Art") broadcast (formerly "Hörspiel Werkstatt") was launched in January 1995 by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, German National Radio’s cultural programme. The broadcast was established to extend the formal possibilities of radio play, to experiment with new genres, and to introduce listeners to outstanding examples of international sound art. The programme covers the entire range of new radio art, from experimental sound play to poetry, text-sound collages, soundscapes, multilingual compositions, and electronic and digital radio performances. International networking and exchange among international radio artists are critical dimensions of the programme. Klangkunst is understood as a laboratory for testing the widest possible range of sounds. The programme draws from the varied motifs of diverse sonic environments, creating new amalgams of sound dramaturgy, narrative structures, compositional arcs, and characteristics of radio as a medium. Klangkunst is a member of the Ars Acustica group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).


The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s worldwide cultural institute. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. The Goethe-Institut provides a comprehensive picture of Germany by disseminating information on the country’s cultural, social, and political life. Through a network of Goethe-Institut offices, centres, cultural societies, and reading rooms / language examination and learning centers, the Goethe-Institut has promoted worldwide cultural and educational policy for over sixty years.

Ö1 Radiokunst – Kunstradio

Ö1 Radiokunst – Kunstradio has dedicated itself to experimental radio art since 1987. The show has featured many artistic projects which crosslink radio with tangible, intangible, and public spaces, giving artists an entry point and platform for public radio production and broadcasting.

ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst

ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst is Austria’s festival platform for contemporary and experimental music. Functioning as a kind of laboratory, musikprotokoll invites the audience to embark on an exploratory journey to discover the latest developments and trends in music, with all the artistic risks that this entails. From orchestral music with the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien to chamber music, from live performances to sound installations, musikprotokoll highlights a wide range of intriguingly heterogeneous forms and genres and presents works that are for the most part developed and produced specifically for the festival.

Founded by Emil Breisach in 1968, musikprotokoll is organised annually by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). It is a co-production of the ORF’s two stations, Radio Österreich 1 (Ö1) and Radio Steiermark, which broadcast presented works in cooperation with the steirischer herbst festival.

The Wire

The Wire is an independent, monthly music magazine covering a wide range of alternative, underground, and non-mainstream musics. The Wire celebrates and interrogates the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronica, hiphop, new jazz, modern composition, traditional musics and beyond. Passionate, intelligent and provocative, The Wire wages war on the mundane and the mediocre. Its office is based in London, but it serves an international readership.

The CTM 2020 Radio Lab is supported by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Goethe-Institut, ORF Ö1 Kunstradio and ORF musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst.

Media partner: The Wire.