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SEAMUS 2005: The Crossroads Conference

The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States has announced the 2005 SEAMUS National Conference, the Crossroads Conference, to be held at Ball State University, 14– 16 April 2005. SEAMUS 2005 seeks to explore the crossroads metaphor, including ideas of intersection, community interchange, and creative collaboration.

Concerts will take place in the Sursa Recital Hall, located in the new Music Instruction Building, and in Pruis Recital Hall, on the Ball State campus. Both halls will feature multi-channel diffusion speaker systems and support a wide variety of playback formats. Paper presentations will also have multi-channel speaker systems.

For more information please visit the SEAMUS2005 Web site at Questions can be directed to the conference hosts at

SEAMUS is now 20 years old, having been founded on 9 November 1984 (a description of that organizational meeting can be found at .html). The first SEAMUS national conference was held at the California Institute for the Arts in 1985.

ISMIR 2005 in London

The sixth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2005, will be held at Queen Mary, University of London, 11-15 September 2005. It was formally announced at ISMIR 2004 in Barcelona on 10-14 October 2004. Further information, including submissions guidelines, can be found at

The annual ISMIR Conference is the first established international forum for those involved in work on accessing digital musical materials. It reflects the tremendous growth of music-related data available either locally or remotely and the consequent need to search this content and retrieve music and musical information efficiently and effectively.

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Newsletter

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) Newsletter is now online at This new publication is a supplement to the biannual print journal. Its goal is to make available, in a timely manner, news, events, and announcements from the WFAE Board, WFAE affiliates, and other sources. In addition, each monthly newsletter includes a "People and Places" section spotlighting the work of individuals, "Sound Bites" with headlines from the world press, and Site Visit—featuring a selected Web site related to acoustic-ecology.

The WFAE Newsletter is a publication of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, founded in 1993, as an international association of affiliated or ganizations and individuals who share a common concern with the state of the world's soundscapes. Its members represent a multidisciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology encourages participation in the growth and development of regional affiliate groups around the world. Information about membership can be found at Information about submitting contributions to the newsletter can be obtained by contacting Gary Ferrington at

UNYASI, the First South African Electroacoustic Music Festival

UNYASI, the first South African electroacoustic music festival will take place at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 30 August to 5 September 2005. Besides many concerts with music by practitioners from Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South Africa, USA, and others, the festival will include workshops and paper sessions on electroacoustic music in the southern hemisphere. The event is organized by NewMusicSA, the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. For more information contact Dimitri Voudouris (, Jurgen Brauninger (, or Theo Herbst ( [End Page 4]



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