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Musical Structure
Fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology -- CIM 2008

Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 2-6 July 2008

The Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology is a forum for constructive
interaction among all musically and musicologically relevant disciplines,
including acoustics, anthropology, theory/analysis, composition,
computing, cultural studies, education, ethnology, history, linguistics,
performance, physiology, medicine, psychology, therapy, philosophy,
aesthetics and sociology. CIM especially promotes collaborations between
sciences and humanities, between theory and practice, as well as
interdisciplinary combinations that are new, unusual, creative, or
otherwise especially promising.

The fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM08) will take
place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 2-6 July 2008. The theme of CIM08 is
musical structure from the viewpoint of all musically and musicologically
relevant disciplines.

The conference aims to bring together representatives of the humanities,
the sciences, and musical practice who are involved in research on musical
structure. Researchers from all relevant disciplines are invited to
contribute theoretical, empirical and computational studies.

CIM08 will be hosted by the Department of Musical Studies, Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, and presented in collaboration with the
European Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), the
International Musicological Society (IMS), and the European Seminar in
Ethnomusicology (ESEM).

Making sense of music means, among other things, being able to break it
down to simpler components and to make associations between them. In other
words, it involves understanding musical structure. Musical structure
plays a central role in all levels of engagement with music: listening,
performing, improvising and composing. In recent years, an increasing
number of music researchers have begun to adopt or promote an explicitly
interdisciplinary approach to understanding musical structure.

All papers at CIM08 will involve interactions between contrasting
disciplinary approaches to musical structure, such as:

      · music-theoretic and music-analytical
      · practical (compositional, performative...)
      · humanities (social, historical, ethnological, anthropological,
        philosophical, linguistic...)
      · cultural (semiotic, hermeneutic, aesthetic,
      · empirical (psychological, perceptual, cognitive, emotional,
        expressive, sociological...)
      · scientific (computational, mathematical, acoustic...)
      · educational

Specific aspects of musical structure that may be addressed in relation to
the above topics include:

      · rhythmic structure (beat/tempo/metre induction, grouping...)
      · melodic structure (segmentation/grouping, voice separation...)
      · harmonic structure (tonality induction, key finding, chord 
      · motivic/thematic structure (musical categories, similarity 
      · musical reduction (musical salience, accentuation structure...)
      · musical prolongation (musical expectation, tension/relaxation...)
      · timbre analysis (stream segregation, score extraction...)
Papers may also address specific repertoires, genres, styles or
performance media (such as acoustic versus electroacoustic music).

Each submission must have at least two authors who represent different
disciplines. These disciplines should preferably, but not necessarily, be
selected from those listed in the first paragraph of this call (e.g.,
psychology and acoustics, history and performance). Extended abstracts
should be structured in the following seven headlines:

1. Background in the first discipline
2. Background in the second discipline
3. Aims
4. Main Contribution
5. Implications for musical practice
6. Implications for musicological interdisciplinarity
7. References

In empirical and computational contributions, the "main contribution"
should include a summary of method and results. Each submitted abstract
should be followed by a short biography (CV) of the (first) two authors.
The whole file should not exceed 1000 words, including all headings, names
of authors, their affiliations, email addresses and biographies. The
preferred format of the presentation (talk or poster) should also be
indicated. All submissions must address the conference theme. Abstracts
should be submitted in English either as plain text or in an attached
document (MS Word). They will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of
international experts.

        Abstract submission deadline is 31 November 2007.

        CIM08 is co-directed by:

Emilios Cambouropoulos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computational Musicology,
Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Costas Tsougras, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Musical Theory/Analysis; Composer,
Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Makis Solomos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music (Maître de conférences HDR)
Département de Musique, Université Montpellier 3, France
Richard Parncutt, Ph.D. (chair of CIM council)
Professor of Systematic Musicology,
Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Universität Graz, Austria
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