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CMMR 2012 workshop call for abstracts: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Expressive Performance
(Apologies for cross-posting)
Call for Abstracts (Paper and Performance Submissions)
AHRC Workshop: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Expressive Performance
Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012) conference
Queen Mary, University of London
Tuesday, 19 June 2012, afternoon
Conference website: http://cmmr2012.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/
Expression in performance is a challenging focus for study: though
most musicians have an intuitive sense of what makes a performance
expressive, emotive or creative, quantifying these concepts remains
difficult. Persistent gaps between musical and scientific approaches
to studying performance affect both fields, particularly in areas such
as digital instrument design and musical pedagogy.
We invite submissions from any discipline in the engineering,
sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts relating to how
expression in performance can be modelled, supported or enhanced.
Submissions should be in the form of a detailed abstract, 500 words
maximum. Accepted authors will be asked to submit a paper of maximum 6
pages, outlining pertinent background, research questions, results and
significance. Works in progress and position papers will be
considered. Selected papers from the workshop will be invited to be
expanded for publication in the refereed CMMR post-proceedings or in a
journal special issue (details and format to be confirmed).
Each author will give a 10-minute oral presentation at the workshop.
Demonstrations or musical performances are warmly welcomed in addition
to (or in place of) the oral presentation. Some short performances may
be possible during the workshop itself; performances will also be
considered for an evening public concert following the workshop. A
group discussion will follow the presentations, with the aim of
identifying topics of future exploration across disciplines.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* How digital or augmented instruments can be used to capture and
analyse expressive details of a performance.
* How a performer's or composer's understanding of creativity and
expression can guide digital instrument design; performer-engineer
collaborations on instrument creation.
* Links between musical performance and human-computer interaction,
either from the perspective of modelling user behaviour or designing
* Measuring and modelling physical gesture or body language in performance.
* Music information retrieval techniques for extracting expressive
nuances from audio recordings.
* Digital instruments or MIR techniques applied to musical pedagogy.
* Audience perception of the expressive content of a performance,
especially as it relates to audio or video measurements.
Abstracts should be submitted using the CMMR 2012 Easy Chair portal.
Be sure to select the "Expressive Performance Workshop" track:
All abstracts should include the names and addresses of each author
and any institutional affiliations. Submissions should be formatted as
a PDF document, maximum 500 words not including names and affiliations.
Indicate in the comments with your submission whether you would like
to present a demonstration or performance, and any technology needs
beyond a basic projector and audio system.
If the abstract is accepted, at least one author is expected to
register for and attend the workshop on 19 June 2012. Single-day and
full-conference registration options will be available.
Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 10 April 2012
Notification of acceptance: Friday 20 April 2012
Deadline for full papers: Friday 1 June 2012
Workshop date: Tuesday 19 June 2012
More information on CMMR 2012:
Please direct any queries to workshop organiser Andrew McPherson,
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