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CALL FOR WORKS – ICMC 2010 [RED Edition]

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Stony Brook University, in association with New York University, and the Electronic Music Foundation of New York City, will host the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York City and Stony Brook, NY, USA from June 1-5 2010.

Deadline for submission of Papers/Concert Pieces/Special Programming has passed. Announcement of selection scheduled for March 1st

CALL FOR PAPERS

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2010 invites submissions for paper sessions. Our theme this year is: Research, Education and Discovery. We thus encourage papers (long or short), posters, and demonstrations in these three categories:

  • Research: current projects in the field of computer music
  • Education: with a special emphasis on studio reports (see below)
  • Discovery: submitting papers (long or short) and musical works in pairs (see below)

Submission Qualifications and Deadlines (for all categories):

  • This call is open to all regardless of nationality, age, or career stage.
  • Submission work(s) must be completed online at: http://www.icmc2010.org/submissions.html (unavailable until November 15th)
  • Deadline for submission of works is extended to January 7th, 2010.
  • Notification of selected papers will be announced on: March 1
  • Authors will be notified of the results by email. Results will also be posted on : www.icmc2010.org/program.html

Submission Types

Please submit PDFs for the following presentation categories:

  • Short Paper (4 pages maximum in Proceedings, 20 minutes lecture presentation)
  • Long Paper (8 pages maximum in Proceedings, 30 minutes lecture presentation)
  • Poster (4 pages maximum in Proceedings)
  • Demonstration (4 pages maximum in Proceedings)
  • Piece Plus Paper (either 4 or 8 pages in Proceedings, performance at a concert plus lecture presentation or panel discussion)
  • UnConference (One page description)

We may recommend that submissions change category as part of the review process.

Papers selected for lecture presentation will be allotted either 20- or 30-minutes during technical sessions. They should form a substantial contribution to the ?eld and must be accompanied by a written paper submission, which may be up to 4 (short) or 8 (long) pages including images and references. Posters and demonstrations are a forum for discussion of work-in-progress and/or signi?cant or important results that are better suited for more interactive presentation. They must be accompanied by a written paper submission of up to 4 pages in length including images and references. Posters will be presented on a single A0 size sheet during a poster session. Demonstrations will be presented in a classroom setting.

All submissions will be subject to review by an international panel of experts in the field of computer music. At least one of the authors/composers must present the work at the conference (and pay the registration fee) for it to appear in the proceedings.

Submission Topics

General content areas include but are not limited to:

  • Digital Audio Signal Processing
  • Sound Synthesis and Analysis
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Representation and Models for Computer Music
  • Artificial Intelligence and Music
  • Languages for Computer Music
  • Printing and Optical Recognition of Music
  • Mathematical Music Theory
  • Psychoacoustics, Music Perception
  • Acoustics of Music
  • Aesthetics, Philosophy and Criticism of Music
  • History of Electroacoustic Music
  • Computer Systems in Music Education
  • Composition Systems and Techniques
  • Interactive Performance Systems
  • Software and Hardware Systems
  • General and Miscellaneous Issues in Computer Music
  • Studio Reports

Studio Reports

We strongly encourage Studio Report submissions this year. We will be using a new and improved format: All accepted studios will get up to 4 pages to be included in the proceedings, a short introductory highlight talk, followed by a special studio joint poster session and exchange forum.

Piece Plus Paper

This newly established category will receive submissions that pair original music with documentation exposing the process of composition and/or technical elements specific to the creation of the work. A concert featuring selected works will be given, preceded by a paper session and followed by a panel discussion. This format, developed in response to ongoing discussion within the computer music community, will provide a vehicle for music that can be more deeply experienced following an introduction, as well as a forum for ideas that can be more fully entertained after hearing music.

UnConference

The UnConference will be a more informal gathering of artists, thinkers, dreamers, and other trouble makers all focused on digital technologies, electronic arts, and music. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work with peers in an informal setting. The UnConference will take place daily in the EMF offices and the Wang Center Chapel. We are looking for topics of discussion – please submit up to 1 page which will be printed in the proceedings.

More information can be found at: www.icmc2010.org
Please address any questions regarding the call for works to: submissions@icmc2010.org

CALL FOR SONIC WORKS

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2010 invites submissions of musical works (very broadly defined) for presentation at the Conference. Our theme this year is: Research, Education and Discovery.

Composers can submit up to three works, in one of seven categories:

  • ICMC Conference concerts, to be held at Stony Brook University and New York University: works with and without performers, including possible dancers.
  • Piece Plus Paper (either 4 or 8 pages in Proceedings, performance at a concert plus lecture presentation or panel discussion)
  • Ear to the Earth Concerts, Presented by the Electronic Music Foundation: works with and without performers.
  • Red Light after-hours concerts: works appropriate for a club atmosphere.
  • 60 x 60: one-minute (or shorter) works for fixed media sound.
  • Installations
  • Video Works
  • Analogous Interactions (AI): Performances, installations, and other works related to emergence and self-organization.
  • Alternative Event Programming

For more detailed descriptions, please see below.

NOTE: If a composer submits three musical works, one must be in the 60 x 60 category (one minute or less). We may recommend that submissions change category as part of the review process.

Submission Qualifications and Deadlines (for all categories):

  • This call is open to all composers regardless of nationality, age, or career stage.
  • Submission work(s) must be completed online at: http://www.icmc2010.org/submissions.html (unavailable until November 15th)
  • Deadline for submission of works is extended to January 7th, 2010.
  • Notification of selected works will be announced on: March 1
  • Artists will be notified of the results by email. Results will also be posted on : www.icmc2010.org/program.html

More information about the conference can be found at: www.icmc2010.org
Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to: submissions@icmc2010.org

Submission Materials (for all categories):

All submissions will be subject to blind review by an international panel of experts in the field of computer music with access to all submitted materials online. Composers/Installation Artists who wish to have their pieces performed/installed at the conference must register for the conference. Final deadlines for media and any other performance material as applicable (including scores and parts) must be met if a piece is to be programmed, in order to facilitate rehearsals and technical organization for the concerts.

Attendance by the composer is highly encouraged but not absolutely required. However, the performance may be cancelled if any of the following occur: 1. the music and necessary performance materials (score, software, …) are not submitted by the “Final Music” deadline; 2. associated software does not function properly; or 3. the documentation is not complete enough to allow the piece to be properly rehearsed and performed. Final dress rehearsals / sound checks will be scheduled on the day of the concert.

Artists submitting works should create and submit MP3-formatted audio files or MP4-formatted video files of their pieces; in order to facilitate blind jury review, we ask that artists not include title slides or ID3 tags on their media. Technical specifications for performance and performer scores should be submitted as well, in PDF format. Submissions for 60×60 should be in AIFF format, the accepted pieces will be mixed directly onto a CD. Installation proposals must include a spatial/physical diagram as well as specify the equipment provided by the artist/composer versus the equipment to be provided by the venue.

Submissions must include:

  • Biography (250 words maximum)
  • Program Notes/ Project Description (350 words maximum)
  • Contact information
  • MP3-formatted audio files or MP4-formatted video files or AIFF for 60×60 submission
  • Performers required (if applicable)
  • Performer scores, in PDF (if applicable)
  • Technical specifications, in PDF and spatial diagram for installation submission

ICMC Conference Concerts

Special emphasis is put on works integrating interactive technology / live multimedia and traditional music performance, with an aim towards expanding and reinvigorating notions of “liveness” in computer music.

We welcome submissions in the form of:

  • Works for fixed playback media (up to 12.2-channel sound).
  • Works for instrumental performers and electronics (playback or interactive)
  • Works for composer/performers working with alternative controllers and new interactive technologies.
  • Works for multimedia performance involving video or other mixed media.
  • Works for interactive choreography.

Different venues throughout the conference will have different technical capabilities, and the concerts will be curated (post-jury) to ensure the most appropriate venue for each work. A list of available performers can be found by following the link below.

Performer List for ICMC2010

PLEASE NOTE: Current plans are for ICMC 2010 to feature a concert of modern dance performances created for ICMC musical submissions. Six to eight NYC choreographers will select works from among those accepted to the conference, and create new dance works to be premiered in Stony Brook University’s Wang Center. Please indicate on your submission if you would be interested in this opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to support the work of the computer music community VRSonic, a spatial audio technology company, is pleased to provide the new VibeStudio Designer 2 spatialization software and 12.2 speaker array for the 2010 International Computer Music Conference. Two of the halls will be equipped with a 12.2 Klein and Hummel system for playback. Accepted composers will receive a subscription to the VibeStudio Designer 2 software suite for PC allowing them to work with the software throughout the duration of the composition/diffusion process and concert. VRSonic’s VibeStudio Designer 2 is a spatial audio design suite comprised of the VibeStation and Profiler applications. Both applications rest on top of the audio modeling and rendering engine SoundScape3D. VibeStudio Designer 2 includes a design and runtime application, VibeStation, that provides a comprehensive editing suite for the creation of immersive audio environments. Please indicate on your submission if you would be interested in this opportunity.

Piece Plus Paper

This newly established category will receive submissions that pair original music with documentation exposing the process of composition and/or technical elements specific to the creation of the work. A concert featuring selected works will be given, preceded by a paper session and followed by a panel discussion. This format, developed in response to ongoing discussion within the computer music community, will provide a vehicle for music that can be more deeply experienced following an introduction, as well as a forum for ideas that can be more fully entertained after hearing music.

Ear to the Earth

Ear to the Earth is a worldwide network based on the idea that environmental sound can connect us to the environment with a special vibrancy and emotional depth. Our goal is to heighten environmental awareness through sound, inspire engagement in environmental issues, and sustain engagement through ongoing activities. We present festivals, concerts, forums, and other events dealing with environmental sound.

We invite proposals for presentation for two Ear to the Earth Concerts at the ICMC, including works in progress as well as finished works, including music, documentary recordings, multimedia presentations, or other formats with content that relates to the environment. These concerts will be produced by EMF and presented at Judson Church.

Red Light After-Hours Concerts

ICMC 2010 [RED Edition] is seeking experimental electronic music performances for its “Red Light” After-Hours club-style concerts. Performers of various styles will be considered, including those influenced by IDM, hip-hop, glitch, jazz, electronica, trance, ambient, etc. Performance venues will provide equipment for stereo sound and live video. Please note that performances in this series are in a club atmosphere and performances should be appropriate to the setting.

Please note: in this category, performers are not provided – composers must bring (or be) their own performers.

60×60

Instead of a listening room, ICMC 2010 [RED Edition] will be pairing with 60×60. 60×60 curates and presents 60 one minute recorded works by 60 different composers, synchronized to an analog clock creating an exciting seamless hour of electronic music representing a cross-section of the contemporary music scene.

In 2010, 60×60 is collaborating with ICMC to create a six concert series of 360 works by different composers. Submissions to the 60×60 project will be simultaneous submissions for this special mix, 60×60:360 degrees. This bold new mix is designed to represent the many styles, aesthetics, and methods the world uses today to create electronic music.

Please note: 60×60 submissions should be in Stereo AIFF format (16 bit 44.1 kHz). These files will be used to create the mixes for the concerts.

Installation

ICMC 2010 [Red Edition] seeks art gallery installations with no fixed duration as well as site-specific works. Works must feature original sound/processing as a central element though they may and hopefully will include other media or physical components; works with interactive elements are strongly encouraged. Call is open to visual artists with a strong sonic component as well as to composers.

Submissions must include audio-visual documentation of previously realized versions of the work, or documentation of the work in progress. Please include a list of required equipment and be sure to indicate what will be provided by the artist/composer.

Video Based Works

Works that include imagery, either prerecorded or generated live, are strongly encouraged. Works under 10 minutes duration will be prioritized.

Submission:

Video submitters can choose whether they wish to submit their works online in MP4 format (preferred) or if they wish to send (X number of ) DVDs to be reviewed by the judges. MP4 works should be encoded using settings that will limit the file size to 1 GB or below. It is suggested that standard definition video works maintain their original frame rate and aspect ratio and that an appropriate Compressor setting is used to reach the 1 GB limit. HD works should be resized to 1280 x 720 or smaller and must also be compressed to reach a limit of 1 GB.

DVDs should be in NTSC format and should be authored to auto-start upon loading; they should not contain menus. Please put only one work on each DVD.

For all works, submitters should make every attempt to remove any pre- or post credits containing the names of the works’ composer and/or filmmaker.

For works including live generated imagery, a video in MP4 format of a previous performance should be submitted or if none exists, a document that includes a number of stills from the proposed performance should be submitted as proof of concept. If the submitter prefers, (X number of ) DVDs may be submitted for review by the judges.

Accepted video submitters will be asked to upload a [DV-encoded version of their work for playback from a computer during the concerts] (or) [an MPG-2 version for mastering mastering onto a compilation DVD for playback during the concerts].

Analogous Interactions (AI)

Complexity theory is not new to art or to our culture. It migrated from computer science and biology to economics and art and, with the advent of the world wide web, it invaded our collective subconscious. Analogous seeks to support complexity-driven art and artists playing under this conceptual umbrella of “Interaction Art”.

Analogous invites proposals for presentation at AI events for the International Computer Music Conference, taking place in New York City in June 2010. Works should explore the intersection of computer music and emergent phenomena — including, but not limited to, generative sound- and video-works, performative ecologies and installations, live-coding and musical improvisation, reality-based games and social experiments, biomedical hacking and new technology, artificial intelligence and chaordic systems. Works should be “nondeterministic”, having an unpredictable and/or live element, and should be appropriate for a performance, an installation, or a social event. (Both works-in-progress and finished works will be considered.)

Visit http://music.oc.cct.lsu.edu/author/submit.php to submit work for ICMC 2010. Applicants may submit more than one work, however, a separate proposal must be made for each. Select “Analogous Interactions” for AI-related works.

Submissions must include the following:

  • Title of Work.
  • Artist(s) Contact Information.
  • Topic Area: Select “Analogous Interactions”.
  • Project Keywords.
  • Project Abstract.
  • PDF file containing:
    • Type of work: Choose from “Performance”, “Installation”, or “Social Activity”.
    • An Artist Biography (250-word maximum).
    • An Artist Statement (250-word maximum).
    • A Project Description (350-word maximum).
    • Detailed Technical Specifications (100-word maximum).
  • Zipped folder containing three appropriate excerpts and/or other samples of the work to be presented (MP3-formatted audio files, MP4-formatted video files, and/or PDF schematics).

Please direct all eligibility questions and other AI-related inquiries to Marie@AnalogousProjects.org.

Alternative Event Programming

What kinds of events, spaces and experiences would you like to see/hear at this year’s ICMC?

We want to hear your proposals: boat concerts, all-night listening events, site-specific installations, soundwalks, internet pieces, beach operas, multi-sensory offerings, etc. We are interested in proposals that stretch the boundaries of what computer music is considered to be, and where it is expected to be encountered.

Proposals for alternative programming can be submitted by individuals or groups. Should a selected event require additional calls for participation (such as a call for works for a nighttime listening event, or for librettos for a site-specific opera), these calls will be posted on the ICMC 2010 website, and publicized through appropriate list-serves.

Note that these events are intended to complement traditional ICMC offerings, and will not be scheduled at times that would conflict with the core juried events. Note also that individuals, and at least one member of groups, whose submissions are accepted, will be required to register for the full conference. Any additional participants may register at the “Alternatives” rate for access to 60×60 concerts, evening concerts and alternative events. Finally, if your proposals is accepted, note that you will be in charge of making it happen (including equipment and logistical needs), with the ICMCs support and facilitation.

To apply to the Alternative Event Programming:

Proposals should include up to five paragraphs describing the proposed event, technical specifications, up to three past works (in links or in above formats). Please also include in your proposal one paragraph detailing past experience with events of a similar scope.

More information about the conference can be found at: www.icmc2010.org
Any questions regarding the call for works can be addressed to: submissions@icmc2010.org