[NetBehaviour] Musical Metacreation Weekend (MUME-WE-2013) - Call for Participation

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Musical Metacreation Weekend (MUME-WE-2013) - Call for Participation


Musical Metacreation Weekend (MUME-WE-2013)
Sydney Design Lab, University of Sydney
June 14th-16th 2013



Musical Metacreation is a forum for the emerging community of people
making software that autonomously generates music. It engages with
science, design, technology, philosophy, culture and aesthetics.
Following the 1st International Workshop on Musical Metacreation of
October 2012 (MUME 2012: http://www.metacreation.net/mume2012/), we
are happy to announce MUME-WE-2013 in Sydney, a weekend of concerts,
installations, panels, demos and other music listening.


*** Call for Contributions and Participation ***

Contributions are invited that fit the MuMe themes, in any of the
following categories: music composition and performance systems,
generative sound installations, audio-visual documentation.
Contributors are not required to attend in person, as long as their
work can be easily run in their absence. MuMe 2013 is music-only, with
no paper track.

* Themes *
Musical Metacreation is concerned with autonomy and agency in software
that makes music. A precise definition of how these terms apply to
music remains itself an active area of enquiry, and individual
projects can make their own case for how they address these aspects of
behaviour. MuMe accepts submissions in the form of:
        •       Systems that compose and/or interpret music
        •       Systems that improvise with human musicians
        •       Generative sound installations
        •       Composition based on artificial life and artificial intelligence
        •       Systems that engage in creative search or enhance the
search process using advanced computing methods

* Composition and Performance Systems *
Music generating software that is designed to generate music all or in
part by itself, either in the context of original music composition,
or interactive improvised music performance. Three music events will
be held, providing three different contexts. Instrumental musicians
will invited on the basis of successful contributions.

        - algorave: an electronic dance music event consisting
entirely of generative music in a club environment.
        - instrumental improvisation: a concert of free improvised
music in which instrumental musicians are paired with algorithmic
software systems to perform duets.
        - composed/conceptual: an electroacoustic concert for work
involving computer-composed (realtime or offline) musical elements.

* Generative Sound Installations *
Continuously running generative installations, ranging from full
artworks to high-quality demos. No budget is available for the setup
of installations, but we can provide computers, speakers and
projectors, as well as a number of spaces to present works. This
includes a computer lab (Macintosh), allowing for the presentation of
distributed works.

* Audio-Visual Documentation of MuMe Systems *
Recordings of music-generating systems with additional film content.
Producers of algorithmically generated music are invited to submit
fixed works in video format, for presentation in a “continuous
listening room” at the event, but also later on the web. The work
should take the following form: the audio should be a standalone,
professionally produced stereo track of up to 15 minutes in length.
The video should be an additional layer synched to the audio, strictly
for the purpose of describing and explaining the work. This could be a
slideshow, an informative visualisation of the music or a film with
subtitles. The video should be treated strictly as an explanatory
element for listeners to gain a detailed understanding of the system,
and not as an artistic element, whereas the audio should be considered
the opposite.
Submission format: minimum requirements, HD 1920x1080 Quicktime Movie,
with 44.1Khz, 16-bit stereo audio.

* Panel Sessions *
Panel sessions will be by invite from amongst participating artists.
Please indicate if you would be interested in participating in a panel
session. Non-attendees may join in over Skype.

* No Paper Submissions *
Although MuMe also exists as a conference workshop, the MuMe Weekend
will not have a paper track. However, the MuMe weekend will be flanked
by three conferences that will be highly relevant to participants (see
below). Please note that the MuMe committee is not formally connected
to these conferences and has no influence on paper acceptance.

* Submission Process *
Please use the following online form for submission:

Submissions will pass through a peer-review process and a curatorial
panel process. The ultimate decision will lie with the organising
committee and guest curators. Selection will be based on: relevance to
the MuMe themes, technical quality, artistic quality, practicality (in
terms of tech requirements etc.).

Please note that contributors are not required to attend the event as
long as their works can easily be set up and run without them being

* Important Dates *
Expressions of interest (optional, but we would appreciate it if you
contact us if you intend to submit): ASAP
Submission deadline: February 8th, 2013
Notification: March 8th, 2013
MuMe Weekend: June 14th-16th, 2013

Other events happening in Sydney in June 2013:
        •       the International Conference on Computational
Creativity (ICCC) http://www.computationalcreativity.net/iccc2013/
        •       Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas
        •       the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference (C&C)
        •       the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA)


*** Organising Committee ***

Oliver Bown (Design Lab, University of Sydney)
Philippe Pasquier (School of Interactive Arts and Technologies, Simon
Fraser University)
Arne Eigenfeldt (School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University)

*** Curatorial Committee ***

George Lewis (Department of Music, Columbia University)
Alex McLean (Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in
Music, University of Leeds)
Michael Young (Department of Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London)
Tim Blackwell (Department of Computing, Goldsmiths College, University
of London)
Jon McCormack (Centre for Electronic Media Art, Monash University)
Juha van ‘t Zelfde (Viral Radio founder, curator Bimhuis,
Musiekgebouw, Amsterdam)
Ivan Zavada (Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)
Aengus Martin (Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney)
Bill Hsu (School of IT, San Francisco State University)

Please direct all enquiries to Oliver Bown (oliver.bown at sydney.edu.au).

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