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SMC Conference and Summer School 2016, 2nd call

[On behalf of the Organizing Committee]
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—————— 2nd call —————— 

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, Cat Hope, Trevor Pinch and Eduardo Miranda. 

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 honoring John Chowning, the inventor of FM synthesis and "father" of the DX 7. The opening day of the conference will showcase the 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 lead by international renowned specialists and with a day dedicated to IRCAM technology.


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 https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smc2016) and must comply with the given templates. 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.

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: paperchair@xxxxxxxxxxx


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 (http://www.kampnagel.de/en/home/). 

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 (the complete instrumentation is available on the conference website at http://quintetnet.hfmt-hamburg.de/SMC2016/?page_id=1314):

• TonArt, a Hamburg-based ensemble dedicated to improvised music in existence since 1989. Instrumentation 
• RADAR, a new music ensemble from the neighboring Hanseatic city of Lübeck. 
• 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. Please note that the author(s) need(s) to register in order for the work to be presented during the festival.

Inquiries on submissions and concerts should be directed to the music chair Sascha Lino Lemke: musicchair@xxxxxxxxxxx


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.

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


Important Dates

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@xxxxxxxxxxx


Federico Avanzini, Associate Professor

CSC-Sound and Music Computing Group
Dept. of Information Engineering
University of Padova
Via Gradenigo 6/A
I-35131 Padova - ITALY

Skype: federico.avanzini
Tel:   +39 049 827 7582
Fax:   +39 049 827 7699