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[AIMI] XXI Colloquium on Music Informatics: calls for submissions

XXI Colloquium on Music Informatics
Cagliari, 28 September – 1 October 2016

Extending interactivity

The contemporary human body is constantly measured and monitored through sensing technologies, and its clinic history sampled and recorded. By inheriting the body-focused technologies developed in XXI century Biomusic, biomusic seeks to transform the human data flow into acoustic information.
The intrinsic risk of enhancing the human body through artefacts, that inherently serve as social support and control, is to strain it up to its dematerialization: the material categorization of the body capacities into economic functions.
The theme of the XXI CIM address the following questions: how is this complementary enhancement affecting the human body-computer interaction? Are there strategies to extend the expressive qualities of the human body, and go beyond the measurement of the physiological processes?

This 2016 edition welcomes scientific and artistic contributions that will reflect on the processes, practices and most significant aspects emerging at the intersection between music and computation  in the era of the new bodily technologies.

As usual the CIM program includes scientific/artistic communications, teaching activities, and artistic productions. All communications will be selected through a Call for papers, artistic works will be selected through a Call for scores/works.

Call for papers

Participants are invited to present and discuss the results of their artistic and/or scientific research as an oral communication or a poster.
Furthermore, students and Ph.D. students in Music and Technologies programs are encouraged to present their research projects as work in progress, even if not yet concluded: in this case we do not expect the presentation and discussion of results. This kind of works will be presented as poster and/or demo.

Call for scores/works

The present CIM edition includes six calls:

  1. instrumental scores and electronics
  2. solo sax (alto and soprano) scores and electronics
  3. video-musical and electroacoustic compositions
  4. interactive performances and multimedia installations
  5. launeddas ed electronics
  6. canto a tenores and electronics (

The available instruments for the first call are

  • violin
  • flute (in C and/or in G)
  • clarinet (B flat)
  • piano

Any combination of the above ensemble is allowed, ranging from solo instrument + electronics up to the entire ensemble.

2. The second call includes works for solo sax (alto and soprano) and electronics.

3. Formats for the submission of video-musical compositions: videos in any resolution in either .m4v or .mp4 formats. Formats for the concert of video-musical compositions: Video HD 1080p in .mov format

Formats for the submission of electroacoustic compositions: stereo, 44.1 kHz, 16 o 24 bit.
Formats for the concert of electroacoustic compositions: from 1 to 8 interleaved channels, 44.1 kHz, 16 or 24 bit.

In addition are respectively required, a manuscript and scanned (or printed) score in pdf format (call 1and 2), a complete work in an audio or audio-video file (call 3),  an audio-video documentation of the performance or installations (call 4).

Submission procedure and important dates

Please take note of the following important dates:

  • Submissions: May 31, 2016.
  • Review notifications to authors: July 31, 2016.
  • Final version of contributions: September 1 2016

The submission process will employ the conference management system EasyChair. The web site for the XXI CIM is:

For both the submission and the final version of the contributions, the authors are required to employ the templates (LaTex or MS Word) that will be made available soon on this page. Languages can be Italian or English.

  • Scientific and artistic communications: a paper in the CIM prescribed format, 6 to 8 pages longfor an oral presentation, or 1-2 pages long for a poster.
  • Artistic productions: in addition to the formats specified in the call for scores/works, please include a description in the CIM prescribed format. Additional udio-video or audio documentation can be made available on some website provided by the authors. Whenever necessary and appropriate, the scientific committee will have the right to ask to convert oral presentations in poster presentations during the review process.

“Aldo Piccialli” prize

The best contribution, independently from the presentation format, and by decision of the Program Committee, will be awarded the prize in memory of Aldo Piccialli, a symbolic acknowledgement to the originality and innovation brought to the italian research in musical informatics.


Particular attention will be given to works concerning the themes of the symposium. However, any other work related to music, science and technology and in particular to the following topics is welcome:

  • Aesthetics of Computer and Interactive Music
  • Algorithmic Composition
  • Auditory display and data sonification
  • Computational Ethnomusicology
  • Computer environments for sound/music processing
  • Computer Systems in Music Education
  • Gestures, motion and music
  • History of Electro-acoustic Music
  • Humanities in sound and music computing
  • Languages for Computer Music
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Networked Music Performance
  • New Interfaces for Musical Expression
  • Perception and cognition of sound and music
  • Physical modelling of Musical Instruments
  • Sonic interaction design
  • Human-Computer musical interaction
  • Sound and music for VR and games
  • Sound/music and the neurosciences
  • Sound/music signal processing algorithms
  • Spatial sound & Spatialization Techniques
  • Technologies for the preservation, access and modelling of musical heritage

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