Supported by Music on Main and chosen by an international jury drawn from the membership of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the ISCM Young Composer Award is given yearly to a composer under the age of 35, whose work is also performed in that year's festival. The winner of the award receives a money prize and a commission for a new piece to be performed in a future edition of the ISCM World Music Days.
Here's what the people at ISCM World Music Days had to say about James and his work: "O’Callaghan’s music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions. His piece subject/object was performed at ISCM 2017 by Standing Wave Ensemble."
Please give the work a listen here.
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