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From: Georg Hajdu

Sound and Music Computing Conference and Summer School 2016

Hamburg, Germany

Friday, August 26 to Saturday, September 3, 2016.


The Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in association with the

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, the University of Hamburg and

the Leuphana University Lüneburg will host the 13th Sound and Music

Computing Conference (SMC) in Hamburg (Germany) from Wednesday, August

31 to Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The conference motto is S.T.R.E.A.M. (Sound – Technology – Room –

Emotion – Aesthetics – Music). Keynote speakers will be John Chowning,

Trevor Pinch and Cat Hope. A music festival with a total of 8 concerts

will accompany the conference, featuring a special concert on real-time

composition/notation and animated scores as well as a concert showcasing

music by Chowning. The opening day of the conference will showcase past

and present of computer music in Hamburg, home of two of the earliest

and most influential digital audio workstations (Cubase and Logic), and

long-time residence of new music visionary György Ligeti.

The conference will also host a summer school on the topic of „Neurons

and Networks“ from August 26 to 30, 2016.


Call for Papers

We are now soliciting submissions for oral and poster/demo

presentations. We encourage submissions examining core areas of Sound

and Music Computing, in particular:

Real-time composition, improvisation and notation

History and aesthetics of electronic media

Social interaction in sound and music computing

Room acoustics and spatial audio

Virtual environments for music

Music cognition and creativity

New interfaces for musical expression

Software / computer music languages

Multi-modal perception and emotion

Computer-based music analysis

Instrument building and virtuosity in Computer Music

Sonic interaction design


We also welcome submissions on the following topics:

Auditory displays and data sonification

Computational musicology and mathematical music theory

Computer environments for sound/music processing

Digital signal processing

High performance computing for audio

Interactive performance systems

Music and robotics

Music information retrieval

Sound and music for virtual reality and games

Sound and Music computing in the processing and composition of

Soundscapes/Environmental Arts

Sound and Music Computing in Education


Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages, written in English and not

previously published. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Papers can

be submitted as oral or poster demonstrations, but the final decision on

the category will be made by the programme committee.

Oral presentations: 8 pages maximum, 20 minutes for presentation (15

minute talk followed by 5 minutes of Q&A)

Poster presentations: 6 pages maximum


Submitted papers must be submitted via the SMC2016 conference system (at

http://smc2016.net) and must comply with the given templates. The

conference system will open on January 1st, 2016. Upon acceptance,

camera-ready versions should be re-submitted within 14 days.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings which

will be available on the conference website (http://smc2016.net) as an

electronic publication. Please note that per paper at least one of the

authors needs to register in order for the paper to be presented and

included in the proceedings.

Best Paper Award

In accordance with the SMC tradition, we will award a prize for the best

paper. The prize will permit the author(s) to publish an extended

version of the paper in a subsequent issue of Computer Music Journal

(MIT Press).

Inquiries should be directed to the paper chair Rolf Grossmann:



Call for Sonic Works

We also invite submissions of music and sonic art works for presentation

at the festival. Hamburg has a long and ongoing tradition of improvised

music. In the spirit of this tradition we encourage submissions of works

exploring emerging trends such as comprovisation or conduction.

The performance venues will be at the HAW Finkenau campus

(http://www.haw-hamburg.de/dmi.html) and Kampnagel


Featured categories:

Fixed scores & electronics

Real-time composition/notation and animated scores

Improvisation & electronics

Electronics & performance art

Fixed media

Audiovisual installations

Works in all categories are free to use video.


Available ensembles and musicians:

TonArt, a Hamburg-based ensemble dedicated to improvised music in

existence since 1989. Instrumentation (the complete instrumentation is

available on the conference website at http://smc2016.net)

RADAR, a new music ensemble from the neighboring Hanseatic city of Lübeck.

Instrumentation: vln, vc, clar, acc, piano, perc, double bass

Lin Chen, a Hamburg-based percussionist and performance artist.

Carola Schaal, a Hamburg-based clarinetist and performance artist.


Music for other instrumental resources will be considered, but composers

will be responsible for providing their own performers. Where possible,

modest financial help may be offered to facilitate this.

The conference system will open on January 1st, 2016.

Inquiries on submissions and concerts should be directed to the music

chair Sascha Lino Lemke: musicchair(at)smc2016(dot)net


Summer School

The SMC Summer School will take place over five days from August 26 to

30, 2016. It will give young researchers the opportunity to learn about

some of the core interdisciplinary topics and to share their own

experiences with other young researchers.

The motto is Neurons and Networks, referring to the following topics:

Brain-computer music interfaces

Artificial neural networks for gesture recognition and complex mapping

Networked music performance

Elaborate loudspeaker networks for wave-field synthesis and 3D

spatialization techniques


Applications must be submitted via the SMC2016 conference system. The

conference system will open on January 1st, 2016.

Inquiries about the summer school should be directed to Xiao Fu:



Important Dates

Conference system accessible: January 1, 2016

Paper and music submissions (deadline): April 15, 2016

Summer school application (deadline): April 15, 2016

Notifications: June 1, 2016

Camera ready submissions: June 15, 2016

Early registration: June 15, 2016

SMC summer school: August 26 – 30, 2016

SMC conference: August 31 – September 3, 2016

General inquiries should be directed to the conference chair Georg

Hajdu: chair(at)smc2016(dot)net