[ 10. Mai 2018 ]

DEGEM News – NEWS – ISSTA 2018 – Who’s Listening? Sound and Public Space; Ulster University, Derry, N. Ireland

Von: Brian Bridges via cec conference
Datum: Fri, 4 May 2018
Betreff: [cec-c] ISSTA 2018 – Who’s Listening? Sound and Public Space; Ulster University, Derry, N. Ireland

ISSTA 2018 – Who’s Listening? Sound and Public Space

Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association conference and festival

Ulster University, Magee campus

Derry, Northern Ireland

November 9th and 10th 2018


Dr Salomé Voegelin (Listening Across Disciplines group, author of Listening to Noise and Silence: Towards a Philosophy of Sound Art, Reader in Sound Art at the University of the Arts, London)

Prof. Anna Barney (Listening Across disciplines group, Professor of Biomedical Acoustic Engineering at Southampton University)

Contemporary urban society is a contested space. Commerce generates a flurry of signage and advertising jingles. Industry excavates and accumulates, building uniform structures of concrete and steel, and throughout all is the traffic of daily ritual, the friction of tires on tarmacadam. Commercial interests and planners often distill this heterogeneous field down to simplified brands, cultural signifiers designed to encourage investors. What room is left in this complex of power and policy for community? Where is public space and what role can it play in contemporary life? How can sound, in particular, interrogate the urban matrix?

In 2018, ISSTA returns to Derry to explore these issues, relationships and tensions. With the spatial definition provided by its historic walled city and cross–border hinterland, the resonances of its civil rights movement (of which 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary), its historic conflicts and diverse musical and sonic cultures, from traditional music sessions to marches, we hope that Derry will provide a thought–provoking setting which will support fruitful discussion, debate and listening!

We would particularly welcome contributions relating to sound and urban studies, auditory architecture and design, sonic archaeology and sonic heritage, psychogeography, place-making, activism, soundscape studies, and sound’s relationships with anthropology and human geography, alongside more general topics relating to music technologies, sound art, electronic and experimental music performance and composition.

Deadline for submission is May 22nd.

Who’s listening? We are.

ISSTA 2018 – Who’s Listening? Sound and Public Space


Submission deadline is May 22nd; (midnight Irish and UK time).

Submission is via the Easychair system.


The call is open to all practitioners and researchers regardless of nationality. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Registration for ISSTA 2018 is required for participation.

We aim to provide review notification by July 3rd.


We welcome PAPERS which engage with the conference themes, or relate to ISSTA subject matter, including those on the following topics:

Sound Art and Media Art with a Sonic Focus
Soundscape Art/Studies
Sound, Science and Technology Education/Pedagogy
Acoustic Ecology | Circuit Bending | Computer Music
Digital Audio, Digital Signal Processing, Sound Diffusion and Sound Synthesis
Interfaces for Music or Sound | Laptop Music and Live Electronics
Electroacoustic Music | Music/Audio software
History of Sound, Science and Technology

Submission is by abstract (up to 500 words).

Paper proposals are reviewed double–blind. ISSTA’s working language is English.

Presented papers at ISSTA are expected to be 20 minutes in duration.


Soundscape practices
Circuit Bending
Electronic Music and Computer Music
DJ/Scratch Music
Electroacoustic Composition – fixed-medium or real-time
Laptop Performance
Sound installations (headphone-based or video–with–headphones)

Technical requirements: we anticipate being able to facilitate stereo or multichannel (8-channel spatial audio) performances or fixed-media compositions, but are not able to facilitate setups requiring a large numbers of performers or full bands.

On this occasion, we are only able to accommodate headphone-based installation pieces (though these may include video).

We aim to review music submissions using double-blind methods as far as is practicable, but we appreciate that some support materials or weblinks will often reveal identifying information.

Registration information

Early-bird Full fee (professional): €40 (until 14th September 2018)

Early-bird Independent artist/student/unwaged/irregular income: €20 (until 14th September 2018)

Full fee (professional): €50

Independent artist/student/unwaged/irregular income: €25

ISSTA is a subscriber–funded organisation and is not in receipt of state funding; we regret that we are not currently in a position to pay artists’ fees or make contributions to travel expenses.

Conference committee

Conference Chair: Dr Brian Bridges, Ulster University and President of ISSTA

Co-chairs: Dr Adam Melvin, Dr Rob Casey and John Harding, Ulster University

Chairs of Music track: Dr Adam Melvin (Ulster) and Dr Jenn Kirby (UWTSD and ISSTA)

Chairs of Paper track: Dr Rob Casey (Ulster), Dr Stephen Roddy (TCD and ISSTA), Dr Adrian Smith (DIT and Sounding Out the Space)