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CFP: Synthesis Conference

Monday, July 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sturgis
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Berkeley Computational Music Research (BCMR) invites proposals for our first annual conference, entitled Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Computational Music Research . The conference will take place on Saturday, September 28 at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT).
The deluge of computational techniques developed over the last decade has had a transformative impact in all areas of academic and industrial research. The goal of this conference is to explore potential applications for the integration of these techniques into interdisciplinary music research. This year’s theme, synthesis , emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together scholars with interests in music studies and computational methods. It encourages music
researchers and computer scientists to initiate dialogue that will provide radical new insights into the most pressing questions across disciplines. Projects may explore, for instance, potential applications of computational techniques such as signal processing, data science, or machine learning in the context of ethnographic research and music studies.
Presenters need not discuss conclusive results; rather, they are encouraged to contextualize their work within their respective fields of study, to make their work accessible to a diverse audience, and to suggest potential interdisciplinary collaborations.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
● Applications of signal processing techniques to rhythm, timbre, melody, and movement
● Musical and ethnographic applications of big data techniques
● Sonic, visual, and tactile representations of music
● Computational musical analysis across cultures
● Cognitive musicology
● How people engage with technologies

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to bcmr @berkeley.edu . In the email, include name, affiliation, and AV requirements, and write "Synthesis Conference Submission" in the subject line. Proposals may include up to four extra pages for figures, as well as links to supplementary materials such as sound recordings.

Possible formats include papers and multimedia presentations. Please plan for a 20 minute presentation with 10 minutes of discussion. The deadline for submission is August 12, 2019.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by August 24.

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