[ 24. Oktober 2014 ]

CALL – 2015 NIME First Call for Participation

Betreff: 2015 NIME First Call for Participation
Datum: Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Von: Jesse Allison

15th International Conference on
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

May 31 – June 3, 2015
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) is the premier conference
in designing human-computer interfaces and interactions for musical
performance. NIME gathers researchers and practitioners around lectures,
installations, concerts, and workshops.

Visual | Aural | Tangible

Experimental Music & Digital Media @ LSU
Louisiana State University and the city of Baton Rouge are excited to
present the 15th edition of NIME. The LSU School of Music and Center for
Computation & Technology will host the 2015 NIME conference, sharing all
that we have to offer to the NIME community to creatively explore how
music is made. The conference will bridge a bit of past and future, with
opportunities to engage in the fantastic musical history of Louisiana,
as well as make use of the newly opened facilities at the LSU Digital
Media Center including our 92-speaker immersive sound theatre. We are
also excited to have the LSU Digital Art program involved in an
expansion of the sonic art installations category for extended
exhibition at the Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU Museum of Art and
Glassell Gallery.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Call For Participation
On behalf of the NIME 2015 Committee, we would like to invite you to be
part of the 15th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical

We invite submission of new works in the following categories:

• Papers and Posters
• Performances and Installations
• Workshops and Tutorials
• Demonstrations

Important Dates
Artistic program: Performances & Installation works

• Submissions due: December 1, 2014
• Review Notification: January 30, 2015

Scientific program: Papers, Workshops, Demonstrations:

• Draft submission (mandatory): January 23, 2015
• Final submission: January 30, 2015
• Review notification: March 20, 2015
• Camera-ready paper deadline: April 17, 2015

The online submission system will open on November 3rd, 2014 and its
address will be published at nime2015.lsu.edu

Please note the following:

• The artistic program deadlines (installation and performance) this
year do not coincide with the paper deadline!
• The scientific program consists of a mandatory draft submission
followed by full submission. This system is implemented to address the
perennial deadline extensions. There will be no deadline extensions. On
the date of the draft submission, the author must be registered on the
online submission system and have submitted a full draft manuscript of
their paper. Authors then have one week to make minor edits to
previously submitted manuscripts.

Scientific Program

Call for Papers
We welcome submissions of original research on scientific and artistic
use of new interfaces for musical expression. A non-exhaustive list of
NIME related topics is found below. This list is inclusive
and indicative. The thematic focus of this year’s edition is Visual |
Aural | Tangible and is described in the introduction above. We also
encourage submissions that extend, stretch, or challenge the NIME topics
and themes.

Acceptance criteria: The paper under consideration must propose an
original contribution to NIME research; it must cite prior related work
and should demonstrate rigorous research methodology.

There are three different paper submission categories:

• Full paper (up to 6 pages in proceedings, longer oral presentation,
optional demo)
• Short paper/poster (up to 4 pages in proceedings, shorter oral
presentation or poster, optional demo)
• Demo paper (up to 2 pages in proceedings, demonstration)

Submitted papers will be subject to a peer review process by an
international expert committee. All accepted papers will be published in
the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN reference, and will
be archived online after the conference to be tracked by citation tools.
A manuscript submitted for review cannot be already under review for
publication elsewhere or be submitted for a second review
elsewhere while under review for NIME 2015. Authors of both full and
short papers are greatly encouraged to submit a video in support of
their paper. A video is mandatory for demonstration submission.

A best paper award will be presented to the individual(s) judged by the
scientific committee to have written the best paper appearing in the
conference proceedings.

In the aim to constantly improve the conference, this year the papers
and demos will go through a modified review, which was first employed by
NIME last year. The complete process is detailed below.

Call for Workshops
We invite submissions for half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours)
workshops and tutorials. These can be targeted towards specialist
techniques, platforms, hardware, software or pedagogical topics for
the advancement of fellow NIME-ers and people with experience related to
the topic. They can also be targeted toward visitors to the NIME
community, novices/newbies, interested student participants, people
from other fields, and members of the public getting to know the
potential of NIME.

Tutorial proposals should clearly indicate the audience and assumed
knowledge of their intended participants to help us market to the
appropriate audience. Workshops and tutorials can relate to, but are
not limited to, the topics of the conference. This is a good opportunity
to explore a specialized interest or interdisciplinary topic in depth
with greater time for discourse, debate, and collaboration.

Review Process
After you submit your paper, it will go through a rigorous review
process that has been changed compared to the previous years. Overall,
the review process comprises three layers of evaluation: reviewer,
meta-reviewer, and paper chair.

The process is as follows:

• Each paper is assigned to one meta-reviewer who is a representative of
the general research topic that the paper deals with.
• The meta-reviewer together with the paper chair assign the papers to
the reviewers that will evaluate it according to a set of criteria. Each
paper has at least two reviewers.
• The meta-reviewer writes a meta-review based on the reviewers’
comments. The meta-reviewer may ask the reviewers to provide further
details for reviews that were too concise.
• The paper chair gathers reviews and meta-reviews. He or she discusses
with the meta-reviewers and finalizes a decision for each paper.
• The anonymity of the submission is preserved among the reviewers.

Artistic Program

Call for Performances
We invite submission of proposals for performances and installations.
Proposed performances should have a clear connection with the substance
of the NIME conference. We expand the notion of NIME in the performance
program to include the exploration of existing interfaces into new
sounds, new methods, or new ways of being physical. These performances
might re-insert the body into digital performance, or they might suggest
new modes of performing and the presentation of live music that go
beyond existing practices while exploiting the unique affordances of
interfaces and technologies.

We encourage submissions that explore:

• Novel and exploratory use of interfaces in performance
• Both old and new interfaces
• Use of innovative, imaginative and creative methods.

We invite you to consider fully what a performance can be: you should go
well beyond demonstrating the interface and we will consider any
performance that is in the realm of live, electronically-produced
sound, where an interface is central to the realisation of the music.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by an expert committee. Preference
will be given to submissions with strong evidence that the proposed
performance has already been realized or is technically feasible and
within the artists’ capabilities. We particularly invite premieres from
performers with a track record, or with interfaces that have been well

You should submit a PDF document, maximum 4 pages. The proposal must
include the following:

• Title and detailed description of the proposed performance.
• A link to one primary video documentation of an example performance
with the relevant interface. If video documentation is inappropriate for
your performance, please explain why and instead send an audio file with
accompanying photographs (these do not need to be to marketing standard,
they are more for explanation of how your performance will look).
• Links to any relevant supplementary supporting media files (audio and
• Number of performers and the instruments and technologies that will be
• Names of all participants/submitters, with a short bio for each (100
• Details of technical requirements for the venue. Diagrams of the
preferred stage setup and signal routing are recommended.
• Evidence of the feasibility of the performance. Include documentation
and listings of past performances or related works that demonstrate the
submitter’s capabilities to implement the proposed performance.
• A list of any equipment that needs to be provided by the conference
• Any instrumental performers that would need to be provided by the
organizers. Note that the conference organizers may not be able to
accommodate your request. Please also note that the organizers cannot
provide funding to support performers’ travel or accommodation at the
• Please specify if the performance is a demo.
• Please note whether performance would be better in club, bar or
traditional concert environment.

Performance proposals in conjunction with paper submissions are
encouraged, but each must be submitted separately and will be judged on
its own merit.

Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, but shorter and
longer performance proposals may exceptionally be taken into consideration.

Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform
pieces but this would be negotiated on a piece-by-piece basis.

Documentation of the performances will be available online after the
conference unless this is impossible due to the nature of the performance.

Special Call – Digital Media Center Theatre
The LSU Center for Computation & Technology’s Digital Media Center
Theatre is a custom-designed immersive audio and video environment. The
theatre hosts a Christie 4k digital projector, and a Meyer Constellation
sound system, with 71 discrete channels and up to 40
Weareinterestedinperformancesthatuse4kvideoand/or massively large
loudspeaker arrays as essential components of the work. Also,
demonstrations or papers that address massively large loudspeaker arrays
are welcome. Contact us for more detailed specifications

Call for Installations
NIME 2015 seeks installation and sculptural work to showcase at several
locations in Baton Rouge. The theme for all venues will focus on an
amalgamation of NIME topics listed below. Special consideration will be
given to projects that embody a combination of qualities that are
visual, aural, and tangible. Submitted proposals will be subject to a
peer review process by an international expert committee.
Installations picked to be shown at the LSU Digital Media Center will be
exhibited during the length of the conference. Installations picked to
be shown at the LSU Museum of Art and the LSU Glassell Gallery will be
invited to be part of a longer exhibition spanning a month. These pieces
will be shown alongside several invited sound artists whose work
addresses NIME.

In order to present an installation for NIME 2015, please submit a
proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 4 pages, containing the
following information:

• The title of the work
• Names of contributing artists
• A clear description of the proposed installation that will provide
reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization.
Pictures, schematic diagrams and/or proposed floor plans would
be helpful here. You may also provide any documentation of previous
presentations of this installation (if they exist).
• Describe the space needed and the adaptability of the installation in
terms of possible venues.
• Provide a list of equipment required for the installation, clearly
indicating what you will bring and what you would require the conference
organizers to provide.
• Finally, indicate if your piece is able to be shown only during the
length of the conference or if is able to remain for an extended exhibition.

Core topics central to NIME include the following. In addition to
submissions that address specific themes of this year’s edition of the
conference, original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited
to, the following topics:

• Novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
• Novel musical instruments
• Augmented/hyper instruments
• Novel controllers for collaborative performance
• Sensor and actuator technologies
• Haptic and force feedback devices
• Motion, gesture and music
• Interfaces for dance and physical expression
• Multimodal expressive interfaces
• Interfaces for musical expression for hearing or visually impaired people
• Interactive game music
• NIME intersections with game design
• Robotic music
• Mobile music technology and performance paradigms
• Biological and bio-inspired systems
• Musical mapping strategies
• Embedded musical instruments and embedded sound art installations
• Interactive sound art and installations
• Musical human-computer interaction
• Interaction design and software tools
• Interface protocols and data formats
• Sonic interaction design
• Issues in perception, cognition, computational musicology and music
• Performance analysis
• Performance rendering and generative algorithms
• Machine learning in musical performance
• Experiences with novel interfaces in live performance and composition
• Surveys of past work and stimulating ideas for future research
• Historical studies in twentieth-century instrument design
• Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
• Novel interfaces in music education and entertainment
• Reports on student projects in the framework of NIME-related courses
• Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism
• User studies/evaluations of NIME
• Language and state in live interaction
• Musicianship of new musical interfaces
• Platforms and frameworks for musical interaction design

Organizing Committee
NIME 2015 is hosted by the Cultural Computing focus area, Center for
Computation & Technology (avatar.cct.lsu.edu), and the LSU School of
Music Experimental Music & Digital Media program (emdm.music.lsu.edu) at
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

General Inquiries: nime@cct.lsu.edu
Academic Inquiries: nime-papers@cct.lsu.edu
Music Inquiries: nime-music@cct.lsu.edu
Installation: nime-art@cct.lsu.edu
Volunteers: nime-volunteer@cct.lsu.edu

-Dr. Jesse Allison
Assistant Professor of Experimental Music & Digital Media –
LSU School of Music
Cultural Computing – LSU Center for Computation & Technology