Storytelling through Sound

This year, Alpavirama will be launching Audiophile - a narrative and experimental sound competition for sound artists, musicians, audio-enthusiasts and anyone interested in audio as a medium. We welcome submissions of audio works that push the limits of expression beyond music and radio programmes. Creators can submit their work in two categories - Narrative and Experimental - with a durational limitation of 15 minutes. Share conversations, field recordings, audio documentaries, music, poetry, silences or noises that illustrate your part of the world.

Rules & Terms

  • The audiophile section is open for young creators from India that are under the age of 30 at the time of completion of the work.
  • This year, the Audiophile section is open only for Indian nationals.
  • Audio works with a duration of minimum two minutes and maximum 15 minutes will be eligible for the competition.
  • Audio works produced on or after the 11th of October 2020 are eligible for the programme.
  • Audio documentaries, sound stories and any other narrative-based piece is eligible for the Narrative section of the programme.
  • Soundscapes, experimental music and any other non narrative-based piece is eligible for the Experimental section of the programme.
  • Submissions can only be made in one of the two above-mentioned sections of the programme. If the same work is submitted to more than one section, it will lead to an immediate disqualification from both the sections.
  • Works can be mono, stereo, binaural or surround sound mixes and must be in any one of these formats: .mp3 / .wav / .aiff / .ogg
  • Entries in languages other than English must have English subtitles. In this case, the creators are required to submit .mov or .mp4 files with hardcoded English subtitles.
  • In case of group or collective submissions, at least one of the members must be under the age of 30 at the time of completion of the work.
  • The creator/s can only submit up to two original works for the programme.
  • Selected works will be played at least once at Alpavirama and for a maximum of five times with partner institutions of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
  • Selected works will also be broadcasted online or over radio with the festival broadcasting partner.
  • Selected creators will be required to share a complete credit list as a word document.
  • Creators will be informed about their selections by the festival team. Unfortunately, the festival or the jury cannot provide individual feedback to works that are not selected.
  • The festival will award certificates to all the shortlisted creators.
  • The creators must acquire all necessary rights for all music, image and any other material used in the work.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Once selected, the works cannot be withdrawn from the festival.
  • Alpavirama or the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of change in scheduling.
  • Submission of this application implies acceptance of all the above mentioned rules and terms.
  • Write to us at for any further information or clarification.