CFP: music/creativity issue of Connection Science ("Peter M. Todd" )

Subject: CFP: music/creativity issue of Connection Science
From:    "Peter M. Todd"  <ptodd(at)SPO.ROWLAND.ORG>
Date:    Sun, 9 May 1993 17:58:54 EDT

**** PLEASE DISTRIBUTE **** MUSIC AND CREATIVITY Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Connection Science Over the last few years there has been a vertiginous growth in the connectionist exploration of many domains, including music. Music has traditionally been one of the least studied areas of cognition, in part because of the complexity of musical phenomena and their language-like connections between many levels and modalities of thought. But the application of network-based computational techniques to aspects of musicality and creativity has resulted in a variety of illuminating models. The time now seems right for an overview of the agenda being followed by connectionists in this area, the articulation of the central issues in the field, and a forum for the discussion of future directions. To this end, we are inviting papers covering the whole field of connectionist modelling of music, arts, and creativity for a special issue of the journal Connection Science. Papers may be either empirical or theoretical, but must communicate predominantly unpublished ideas. We are particularly interested in receiving work in the following areas (although we emphasize music here, other areas of creativity and artistic endeavour may be substituted): 1. The limits and possibilities for connectionism in modelling creativity. 2. Modelling cognitive aspects of music: meter, rhythm, tonality, harmony and melody. 3. The use of neural networks in creating pieces of music, choreography, visual art, etc. 4. Modelling the integration of lower- and higher-level musical knowledge, including hierarchical representations. 5. The representation of intermodal relationships between musical dimensions, e.g. tonality and rhythm. 6. Developmental models of musical cognition. 7. Psychoacoustic models underlying categorical pitch and other musical phenomena. 8. Models of auditory streaming, attention, phrasing, and grouping. 9. Connectionist models of timbre. 10. Models of cross-cultural differences or universals. 11. Comparative models of music and language. 12. The use of sequential, recurrent, predictive, and chaotic network models for creative phenomena. 13. Cognitive neuroscience models of musical phenomena. We are particularly interested in stimulating discussion with this special issue of the present and future of this field, and papers should explore the importance of issues raised by the research as broadly as possible. An awareness of the cognitive plausibility and implications of the ideas presented is also essential. Requirements for Submission All papers will be rigorously refereed. Guidelines for submission of papers to Connection Science can be found in issues of the Journal and are also available from lyn(at) (or by mail from Lyn Shackleton, University of Exeter, address as below). Authors are encouraged to contact the editors with any questions about proposed papers or the relevance of their work for this special issue. Authors must submit five (5) printed copies of their papers to either of the addresses listed below by OCTOBER 15 1993. Each copy of the paper should be fronted by a separate title page listing its title, authors, their addresses, surface-mail and E-mail, and an abstract of under 200 words. Notification of receipt will be electronically mailed to the first (or designated) author. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be mailed by DECEMBER 31 1993. Final versions of accepted papers will be due MARCH 1 1994. Special Issue Editors: Niall Griffith Department of Computer Science, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PT, England. E-mail: ngr(at) Peter M. Todd The Rowland Institute for Science 100 Edwin H. Land Boulevard Cambridge, MA 02142 USA E-mail: ptodd(at)

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