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Music as Emergent Behaviour, Ninth Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music
Campinas, August 2003

IX Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music (IX SBCM)
Music as Emergent Behaviour


The Ninth Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music will be held in Campinas, at the
University of Campinas - UNICAMP, from 06 August to 08 August, 2003.

The Brazilian Symposia are organized by NUCOM, the computer music branch of the
Brazilian Computing Society (SBC) and they normally take place within the Annual
SBC Congress. The 2003 edition of the Congress is coordinated by UNICAMP's
Institute of Computing;  UNICAMP's Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Sound Studies
(NICS) and the Institute of Fine Arts (IA) will host the ninth edition of the
computer music symposium.

There will be key-note speeches by renowned researchers, paper sections, music
papers, tutorials and demonstrations. Researchers, musicians, educators,
manufacturers and all concerned with the interplay between music and technology,
are invited to submit work.

Symposium Theme: Music as Emergent Behaviour
The attempt to model biological phenomena by means of evolutionary computing
techniques is proving to be a viable route for a better theoretical understanding
of living organisms, let alone the practical applications of biological principles
for technology (e.g., robotics and nanotechnology) and medicine.

Evolutionary computing techniques have the potential to reveal new fundamental
aspects of our musical creativity, because they provide a rich framework to study
how cultural systems can emerge from socially interacting individuals. For
example, evolutionary computing models can be used to study the circumstances and
mechanisms whereby music might originate and evolve in artificially designed
worlds inhabited by virtual communities of musicians and listeners. Creativity is
studied here in the context of the origins and evolution of cultural conventions
that may emerge under a number of constraints, such as psychological,
physiological and ecological constraints.

We welcome works investigating the potential of evolutionary computing for
musicology and composition, in addition to the wide range of topics of interest
listed below.

Topics of interest include, but are not necessarily restricted to

- Acoustic Modelling and Sound Diffusion
- Algorithmic Composition
- Artificial Life and Evolutionary Music
- Artificial Intelligence
- Audio Hardware Design
- Audio Signal Processing
- Computer-Aided Musicology
- Digital Audio Libraries
- Music and Sound on the Internet
- Multimedia Integration
- Music Data Structures and Representation
- Musical Databases and Data Mining
- Music Notation, Printing and Optical Recognition
- New Interfaces for Musical Expression
- Psychoacoustics and Cognitive Modelling
- Real-time Generative Systems
- Sound Compression
- Sound Synthesis
- Systems for Music Analysis
- Systems for Musical Education

Important Dates

*       30/03/2003 - closing date for submission of works (research paper,
	discussion paper and music paper)
*       08/05/2003 - notification of acceptance of works
*       29/05/2003 - closing date for submitting the final version of the works

Dr Jônatas Manzolli - (IX SBCM Chair)

Dr Eduardo Reck Miranda - (Papers Chair)
University of Plymouth, UK

Dr Geber Ramalho - (Papers Chair)
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

Dr Fernando Iazzeta -  (Music Paper Chair)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

Papers Scientific Committee
Aluizio Arcela, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Daniel Arfib, CNRS Music and Acoustics Laboratory, France
Peter Beyls, St Lukas Art School, Belgium
Marcio Brandao, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Jürgen Bräuninger, University of Natal, South Africa
Andrew Brown, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Emilios Cambouropoulous,  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Lelio Camilleri, University of Bolgona, Italy
Palle Dahlstedt, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Furio Damiani, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Simon Dixon, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria
Henkjan Honing, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andrew Horner, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Sergi Jorda, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Luis Jure, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
Fabio Kon, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Victor Lazzarini, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Marc Leman, University of Gent, Belgium
Oscar Pablo di Liscia, Universidad de Quilmes, Argentina
Adolfo Maia Jr., Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Tony Mayatt, University of York, England
Felipe Otondo, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Mercelo Soares Pimenta, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Petri Toiviainen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ian Whalley, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University, Canada

Music Papers Committee
Cesar Villavicencio, Royal Conservatory, Haia, Netherlands
Didier Guigue, Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil
Guy Garnett University of Illinois, USA
Miguel Azguime, Miso Music, Portugal
Mikahil Malt, Ircam, France
Paulo Chagas, Composer, Germany
Ricardo Dal Farra, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina
Sergio Freire, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Stephen Davismoon, The Ian Tomlin School of Music, Edinburgh

Submission Categories

*       Research papers: These papers should report concluded scientific and/or
	technical research results or systems. They must be written in English and
	should not exceed 8 A4 pages;
*       Discussion papers: These papers will discuss ongoing research work. They 
	may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English and should not exceed 6 
	A4 pages.
*       Music papers: A music paper is a composition accompanied by a report of 
	computer techniques and materials involved in the compositional process.
	They may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English and should not
	exceed 6 pages.

Submission Rules: Research and Discussion papers
Complete papers reporting ongoing or concluded research should be submitted.
Abstracts or incomplete papers will not be accepted. Note that there are two
different categories of papers, both of which will be published in the

Please state clearly in a covering front page:

*       which of the above topics (if any) best describes your subject matter;
*       the paper category that you are submitting (i.e., research or discussion);
*       name(s) and address(es) of the author(s).

Since the reviewing process is anonymous, the heading of the first page of the
paper should contain only the title. You are kindly requested not to reveal your
identity in your paper (avoid self reference etc.). Preferred format for
submission are RTF, EPS or PDF. Should a prospective participant need to submit a
paper saved in a format other than RTF, PDF or PS, please check with the papers
Chairs. Preferred format for music submission is MP3.

As with previous symposia, a selection of Research papers will be considered for
publication in international journal(s), as appropriate.

Music Papers
Composers are invited to submit music papers presenting the compositional
procedures and the role of the computer in the compositional process. These papers
plus the compositions will be refereed by a dedicated committee and the selected
papers will appear in the proceedings.

The music papers will be presented in two concert sessions of 3 papers each. Each
composer will have 30 minutes in total, for paper presentation, audition and

Submission System

Click here to access the submission system. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAPERS TO

Paper format Templates

*       Template in .dot (Microsoft Word) format, compacted -
	(51,673 bytes)
*       Template in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat), compacted -
	(56,994 bytes)
*       Template in .tex (LaTeX) format, compacted -
	(6,635 bytes)

Alternatively, contact the organising committee:

* or

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