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SMC 2018

The 15th International Sound & Music Computing Conference
Dept. of Communication and Internet Studies
Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus, 4-7 July, 2018


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Theme: Sonic Crossings

The main theme of the conference focuses on the ability of sound and music to cross boundaries, to eliminate borderlines and overcome physical and digital limitations. The theme also evokes the rich cultural landscape and soundscape of Cyprus, a country predominantly made up of Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities divided by a military border. Despite the political problems, Cyprus enjoys a dynamic and complex cultural and sonic unification not only through the resonances and overtones of these two strong ethnic communities but also through those of several other nationalities inhabiting the island.

The theme of the conference focuses on researching different approaches of computer music and interactive music systems and monitoring the impact of technology on composition, performance, musicology and education through a discussion around the wide concept of ‘crossings’. A special focus will be given to sonic crossings in our mind, in our close environment, in our society, in our natural soundscape and in our imaginary landscapes of the ocean and the space searching the dream of the Varesian « deserts ». A special tribute to commemorate the thirtieth year since the passing of Giacinto Scelsi, a composer who embodies the fluid border between sound and music, is also planned. Other areas of focus will be soundscape aesthetics, sound borders – which always broaden through technology – biotechnology issues, ethics of sound and music, virtual spatialisation and cultural heritage.

Keynote Speakers
Claude Cadoz, Rebecca Fiebrink, Trevor Wishart

Submission Dates
Full-Paper Submission Deadline – 22nd March 2018
Acceptance Notification to Authors – 3rd May 2018
Camera-ready Paper due – 19th May, 2018

Deadline for music submissions – 22nd March 2018
Notification of music acceptance – 30th April 2018

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Acoustics and psychoacoustics; AI and music performance; Analysis/synthesis of the singing voice; Applications in audio and music; Architectural acoustics modeling and auralization; Assistive technologies; Audio and music for AR/VR; Audio and music for games; Audio Interactions; Audio recognition and birdsinging; Audio/Music Information Retrieval; Auditory display; Automatic music generation /accompaniment systems; Bioacoustic modeling; Biomusic and sound installations; Computational archeomusicology; Computational Byzantine musicology; Computational ethnomusicology; Computational musicology and mathematical music theory; Computational ornithomusicology; Computer music software and programming languages; Data sonification; Digital systems of tuning; Ethics of sound and new technologies; Gesture, motion and music; History and aesthetics of electroacoustic music; Immersive soundscape environments / Immersive Audio; Interaction and improvisation; Interactive environments for voice training; Interactive performance systems; Jazz performance and machine learning; Music and robotics; Music technology in education; Music therapy and technology for special needs; New interfaces for musical expression; Perception and cognition of sound and music; Recording and mastering automation techniques; Sound/music and the neurosciences; Spatial sound and spatialisation techniques

Composers are invited to submit works for fixed media (electroacoustic sounds or audiovisual), live performance, or installation. Works which deal with the following themes are especially encouraged:

Topic I – Music at the Borders
- Engaging with Folk Music in contemporary contexts
- Sounds of Tradition
- Responding to past and present

Topic II – Interfaces, Interactions and Improvisation
- New musical interfaces/instruments
- Exploration of gestures and what they trigger
- The performer as composer: new directions in improvisation
We also encourage submissions that use ancient music, voice and instruments from the Mediterranean. Please contact the music chair for more details.

Summer School
The theme of the Summer School will be ‘Computational Ethnomusicology’. The Chair of the Summer School is George Tzanetakis. The Summer School will be having a mix of workshops and lectures from both industry and academia. The aim is to broaden the skills palette and hands-on technical skills of the participants.
Summer School will take place from 30th of June to 3th of July, in the Cyprus University of Technology facilities.
Applicants for a place in the Summer School should express their interest by sending their Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest that clearly indicates their motivation and previous experience with sound and music computing research by 1st of March, 2018.
A maximum of 20 selected participants will be notified by 3rd of June, 2018.
All applications and inquiries can be directed to the SMC Summer School Chair.

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair and SMC Liaison – Nicolas Tsapatsoulis
Paper Selection Chair – Anastasia Georgaki
Paper Selection Co-Chair – Areti Andreopoulou
Music Selection Chair – Evis Sammoutis
Music Selection Co-Chair – Panayiotis Kokoras
Summer School Chair – George Tzanetakis
Technical Director – Yiannis Christidis
Conference Assistant – Markos Souropetsis

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