The 16th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) will take place 11–15 July 2016 in Brisbane, Australia, comprising a variety of concerts, installations, oral presentations, poster presentations, demonstrations, and workshops related to NIME topics, as well as an “unconference.” Hosted by Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the conference has a theme of “Musician and Machine.” The conference organizers have also sought submissions that extend, stretch, or challenge traditional NIME topics and themes. Accepted paper submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, and a selection of papers chosen by the conference’s paper committee will be considered for expanding upon and publication in Computer Music Journal. NIME 2016’s musical program will include traditional concerts, more informal “late-night” concerts, and several theme concerts, featuring works for one or two Disklavier pianos, live coding performances, and compositions for a Wurlitzer 260 theater organ. Complementing half- and full-day workshops aimed at the academic community, the unconference will include shorter, introductory workshops intended for general audiences.
The 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference will take place in New York City from 7–11 August 2016, organized by New York University and Columbia University. The conference will include presentations of research and tutorials on topics related to music information retrieval, an evening concert, and an unconference event. ISMIR 2016 will also host a number of satellite events such as the Hacking Audio and Music Research hackathon on 5–6 August, a space for researchers from various institutions, backgrounds, and experience levels to collaboratively prototype new ideas in MIR research, and the ISMIR 2016 ThinkTank on 4–5 August, an event bringing together academic and industrial MIR practitioners to promote further collaboration and dissemination of research.
Also in conjunction with ISMIR, the sixth annual seminar on Cognitively based Music Informatics Research (CogMIR) will be held 12 August 2016, following the primary ISMIR events. The seminar will focus on cognitive approaches relevant to music informatics research, inclusive of music similarity, music emotion, music analysis and generation, music information retrieval, and computational modeling. CogMIR 2016 will feature keynote speakers Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths University of London) and Juan Pablo Bello (New York University).
2nd International Conference on Live Coding
The second edition of the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) will take place 12–15 October 2016 at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Live coding has been defined by the conference organizers as a musical performance practice in which changes to a running computer program are made by editing the underlying source code, with live feedback through the programming environment and/or via the program’s output. Since 2003, a growing movement has explored live coding to create live music and visuals, and in recent years latent activity in software engineering has seen a burst of new research directions and tools in live programming language design. The organizers state that teachers, choreographers, psychologists, ethnographers, technologists, and many other disciplines have seen the potential that live coding has in throwing new light on research questions, problems, and ways of working. ICLC is intended as a confluence for all this work, aiming to establish live coding as an interdisciplinary field, exploring liveness in symbolic abstractions, and understanding the perceptual, creative, productive, philosophical, and cultural consequences.
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