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ICMC 2013

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) took place 11-17 August 2013 in Perth, Australia. The theme of ICMC 2013 was "International Developments in Electroacoustics."

ICMC 2013 featured five keynote speakers: Alvin Curran, Agostino di Scipio, Haco, Warren Burt, and David Toop. Work by Curran, di Scipio, Haco, and Burt was also featured on a keynote concert on 11 August, and work by Toop also appeared on a live concert on 16 August.

The conference included twelve paper sessions on topics including music composition systems, computer music history and education, sound synthesis, the musical score, aesthetics, spatialization, new interfaces for musical expression, new software and hardware systems, synchronization, and computational music analysis. Over 50 live musical works were performed on a five-concert live program. Many of these works featured acoustic instruments with live electronics; others featured laptop music, electronic instruments, and/or video. A five-concert acousmatic program featured another 26 musical works. The conference included studio reports, demonstrations, a listening room, installations, posters, and a late-night performance track at a local club. As in the past few years, ICMC 2013 included a "piece plus paper" track for work presented both in an oral presentation and in musical performance.

ICMC 2013 awarded several prizes to recognize outstanding research and musical work. Israel Neuman received the Best Paper award for "Generative Grammars for Interactive Composition Based on Schaeffer's TARTYP." (Since 2012, this annual prize has accorded publication of an extended version of the paper in a future issue of Computer Music Journal.) Per Bloland received the Americas Regional award for his composition Solis-EA. The European Regional award went to Manuella Blackburn for Javaari, and the Asia-Oceania Regional Award went to Daniel Blinkhorn for frostbYte - red sound. The ICMA Student Award was shared by Peiman Khosravi for vertex and Mark Oliveiro for sikinnis.

Figure 1. The Japanese composer and sound artist Haco performs in the concert of keynote speakers at the International Computer Music Conference. (Photo: Brad Serls.)
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The Japanese composer and sound artist Haco performs in the concert of keynote speakers at the International Computer Music Conference. (Photo: Brad Serls.)

The conference was organized by Tura New Music, the International Computer Music Association, Edith Cowan University, and the Australasian Computer Music Association. ICMC 2013 incorporated the regional Australasian Computer Music Conference and took place in parallel to the Eleventh Totally Huge New Music Festival (THNMF). THNMF, which was held in Perth 9-18 August 2013, presented its own series of performances and installations.

Web: icmc2013.com.au

NIME 2013

The 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) took place 27-30 May 2013 in Daejeon and Seoul, Republic of Korea. Each year, NIME brings together researchers and practitioners from fields including computer science, engineering, human-computer interaction, musicology, electracoustic music, and dance.

This year's NIME conference included twelve sessions of oral presentations, three poster sessions, and three demonstration sessions. Work presented in these sessions included new sensing and input techniques, robotic musical interfaces, machine learning applications to musical gesture and control, mobile musical instruments, musical Web applications, interaction with haptic interfaces, and new hardware for [End Page 5] music performance and composition, among many others.

Figure 2. This low-cost, pressure-sensitive stylus by Johnty Wang, Nicolas d'Alessandro, Aura Pon, and Sidney Fels was demonstrated at NIME 2013. Pressure sensitivity is added to an existing touch-screen device using its audio connection. (Photo: Johnty Wang.)
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This low-cost, pressure-sensitive stylus by Johnty Wang, Nicolas d'Alessandro, Aura Pon, and Sidney Fels was demonstrated at NIME 2013. Pressure sensitivity is added to an existing touch-screen device using its audio connection. (Photo: Johnty Wang.)

NIME featured four evening concerts and three late-night concerts. The many new performance technologies featured in these concerts included on-body sensing interfaces, robotics, an augmented vibraphone, multi-touch interfaces, and sonification of real-time data from the StarCraft 2 video game.

NIME 2013 featured two keynote speakers: interaction design expert Bill Verplank of Stanford University, and music technologist Ajay Kapur of the California Institute of the Arts and of the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington.

Seven workshops were offered in conjunction with the conference. Topics included the creation of embedded instruments with the Raspberry Pi single-board computer, the U Synth circuit board synthesizer, networked interfaces, haptic interaction design, urban sensing, and the development of interfaces using JavaScript and other Web technologies.

Web: nime2013.kaist...